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Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Dambulla
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This one of my dream place to see even thought im a catholic, för me its so different ,very interesting , Their are 5 caves temple it was amazing its was thousand years ago when its was built if im right ! When you go up you Will see the beutiful scenery . Its so fun beacuse when you go... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The caves were fantastic, but a word of warning: there are many steps leading to the caves. Plan on taking water with you as it is a hot climb. There was a water seller along the way as well as the requisite souvenir sellers. As the caves are a temple, you'll want to dress appropriately. Women need to have their... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Beautiful place and caves. While climbing take the sloping way instead of the steps, it is easier to climb. Many sleeping Buddhas, cave paintings and lots of baby monkeys were there in the temple . Don't forget to take water. Very nice place to sit and relax.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Being there in July was fortunate in that the numbers of visitors was not as huge as it does get. The entrance to the temples is off a main road in the town as is to me rather off-putting with a concrete car park and a very garish museum building. Getting to the cave temples involves a fairly steep and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

A very pleasant place and one I am glad to have visited. Was very tired on the climb up, and the monkeys on the way put me off, but it was well worth it. It is quiet, serene, almost haunting. Impressive. Best to read about it beforehand so you have an idea of what you are looking at.

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Menlo Park, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Private site with lots of monkeys. Beware of holding flowers that someone might try to sell you on the way to the temple. The monkeys jumped at me and grabbed the flowers out of my hand to eat them. They are not afraid of people. Be careful of how you dress, or you might be refused entrance. Sometimes knee length... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Did not expect this to be so great. After seeing temple after temple across the country the cave temples were a sight to behold. Artwork and statues in amazing condition. Too many monkeys though - be careful with food.

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Amersfoort
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Steep walk up before you reach the cave temple. Nice to see, but no need to make a long tour to get there. Dress politely!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

we much preferred this to Polonawara so don't miss these beautiful serene caves from your itinerary if you can help it. its a fair climb up steps so try and avoid the heat of the day if you can by getting there early there are traders there selling water on the way up just in case you forget yours

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A very distinctive temple shaped out of the rock to form 5 caves each with various postures of Buddha.

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