More cheap (only 250rs) smaller but not so touristic. Beauty of the caves like dambulla. Not so many steps to take as well
Visited at 07.30 on way to dambulla...just asked for donation...about 10 local visitors..lovely setting and in it's own way a better alternative to the kitsch of dambulla..monks accommodation looked far better and felt donation goes direct to monastary..if cool enough can hike 1km up hill to Buddha viewpoint. Combine with the Hindu temple in Matale.
Similar in style to Dambulla, although not as spectacular, this temple was worth visiting for the experience of having very few tourists. We were certainly the only western tourists at the time we visited, and this made the experience quite different from Dambulla with its crowds. One thing I did not quite expect was the graphic images and statues, one... More
On the way to dambulla we stopped at Matale and were pleasantly surprised. A nice complex of cave temples after a small climb up some stairs. Dambulla like caves only smaller and much quieter. No hasslers trying to sell you stuff. Worth a visit while passing for interesting small hour. Only drawback is that some caves show devilish toture depictures.
Don't get me wrong, it is interesting, but the both the frescos, whilst unusual, and the reclining Buddhas did not seem terrible ancient to me. The view from the top is nice. The museum nothing to write home about.
Bit of a walk up to the cave, but well worth it, very interesting and peaceful place to wander around. The cave's are cool and full of a variety of Buddha's. Very different from the normal temple
Went here and was pleased to not get changed an extortionate price to get in (just rs200) and to be left alone to wander for a bit while there. They're was even a wedding taking place at the time too. Don't miss it.
Great views, interesting caves, although not as good as Dambulla, didn't like being spivved for extra cash for a gimmicky side show of torture models or a "papyrus" book mark in the museum - steer clear of these unwanted additions to your visit.
Walk up the steps take your time and soak in the atmosphere, because you'll be glad you did just to see and hear the amazing sights and sounds - Well worth a visit
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