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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We went as part of a Hayes and Jarvis tour and arrived about 8.30 and already people were arriving but it wasn't too hot to climb the 200+ steps. The caves have lots of statues of Buddha in different positions and styles. The frescoes are wonderful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Never seen anything like this. Worth the visit entirely. Not crowded and glad we followed the guide book's advice to begin with Cave 5 (the last one as you walk towards the back) and then work back. They are like nothing else I've seen.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

What makes this temple stand out is the fact that it is still intact, unlike many temple ruins we visited in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. That's also the reason why we liked this temple the most. Despite its plain look from the outside, It actually has many rooms full of fascinating Buddha statues, with walls and ceilings full of interesting fresco.... More

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Sopot, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I've been there a few times already an will be again! very historical site, original and spectacular view from the top

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Thame, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I loved visiting the caves. From climbing up the slopes bare footed to watching the monkeys, to studying the beautiful caves. It was a tranquil and beautiful experience. I would definitely recommend going. Although take some change, as typically for Sri Lanka you need to pay for everything - including them watching your shoes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Loved the temples and monkeys and shoe minding stall. Didn't love the uphill climb in the midday heat and was a bit nervous about the cheeky monkeys.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

It's about an half-hour trip up never-ending steps to reach the caves, but the exertion is well worth the visual feast of paintings and sculptures that you'll experience. Go early or late to avoid the worst of the heat/humidity.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Situated up a hill behind a gaudy and cheerful Buddhist museum, are the several ancient caves that make up the Rock Temple. We found the detail breathtaking, and wondered aloud several times as to how the monks managed to paint perfectly symmetrical Buddha on the ceiling! The entrance charge is far cheaper than government-owned attractions such as Sygiria, and has... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is one of the oldest cave temples in Sri Lanka, it's absolutely stunning and well worth the hike up the steep hillside to see it. We went with our children aged 14 and 12, they found it fascinating too. Definitely worth going early before it's too hot for your climb. Despite the fact you climb stairs to get up... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

One of the most impressive temples in srilanka and one of my favourites to visit. Very quiet and serene, a wonderful place to find some peace and see something amazing atop and within a huge rock that is over 500steps high. Many of the Buddha's are carved directly from the rock and are truly impressive. A beautiful place to simply... More

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