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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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Paris, France
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

If you make a stop in this small town, visiting this cave is a must. Really beautiful place with three different caves, each one presenting lots of statues in a deep sense of serenity. The only negative point is the price. $10 by the time i went there. But all the touristical areas in Sri Lanka are expensive. Too bad... More

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London
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3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

amazing place in an amazing location, I would suggest going early to avoid lots of people. It is a bit of a trek up to the caves but well worth it!

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Barcelona, Spain
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Buddha painting and statues all around this cave. From the outside looks like a temple but from the inside it's a Cave. Please be aware of the thousands of stairs before reaching the Temple.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

What a magnificent experience. The entire area just feels so calm and the right place to be. The paintings and the Buddha statues in the caves are breathtaking, a must for any traveller to Sri Lanka. Kind regards Ferdie Liebenberg

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Seeduwa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is a chalet located in Dambulla. This is located on a 15 acre land. Filled with paddy fields, streams, ponds, coconut palms, mango, banana and papaya trees. You will be the only one to occupy Raintree Chalet and to be treated as real guests of the family. Get away from the hustle-bustle of city life and experience true serenity.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We went there on our tourist trip through Sri Lanka and this was one of the more impressive things we saw. The drawings om inside the caves where unreal and all the statues as impressive. It's a bit of a climb but well worth it! Bring some water. Make sure to also wander around the bottom entree as there are... More

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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Be forewarned that the climb to the cave temples may be challenging for those who are overweight, out of shape, or seniors. That being said, the temples are a historic, artistically lovely, and photographically rich treasure. The 46-foot long reclining Buddha carved from a single piece of stone is amazing.

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Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I can't imagine how long it took to built this stone temple. It is a holy place. So don't be noisy.

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Manila, Philippines
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Beautiful mountain. The temple merges with nature in a unique way. Buda statues are interesting. Nice sunset view. But you can actually walk around the mountain by a narrow path if you want to see sunset without obstacles

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Shibuya, Japan
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

You are in the presence of great beauty, history, and culture in these cave temples. It is a solemn and moving experience and absolutely worth every step that might bring you there. For me, this was by far the defining destination of the Cultural Triangle ... far exceeding Sigiriya.

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