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The Golden Temple

Address: Dambulla, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Dambulla
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Cultural
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Cultural

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Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I don't agree with being left out while an offering is happening behind closed doors. We are there to witness or rather experience an interesting religious procedure, instead we were left out for 15 minutes while an offering was happening. If we did not have a good tour guide, we would not have understood where to go or what was... More 

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Bangalore, India
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35 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

This temple houses numerous cave paintings and a number of Buddhist figurines. The temple is not visible until you reach the top of the stairs. There is a huge Golden colored Buddha on the exterior which can be seen from the road. Expect to pay LKR 1500 per head for entry.

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Ocean Shores, NSW, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
31 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

My partner climbed the stairs to the cave temple and found the experience worthwhile. I was feeling too hot for the climb so hung around the complex at the foot of the hill. It was also worthwhile, listening to the chanting from a ceremony, visiting the bodhi tree, and cruising through the largely underwhelming museum. Most interesting was watching the... More 

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

The Golden Temple was lovely -- romantic on the exterior and mysterious and sacred on the inside. The climb up to the top is nice too. I went in mid-September where the crowds weren't so hectic and the weather was nice. I like to pride myself on how I edited my first trip to Sri. With so many relics to... More 

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84 reviews 84 reviews
6 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

You have to climb a lot to up. We went to base with large golden Buddha. Toilet can be more clean as they charge for that.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Great Cave art. Easy to take Photos, but please no flash. A steep climb, but not too long, 50 rp to watch your shoes.

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8 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

For the cost of entry this is an underwhelming attraction. If you aren't strong on your history or religious knowledge / appreciation then this can be missed. The caves themselves are dark and dank - it wouldn't take much to improve the lighting and sweep the floor without taking away from the atmosphere.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

While most of the impressive sights are in areas few hours from Dambulla, since Dambulla is a good base to visit the other sights, make time to check out the caves...

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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

It is quite a trek to reach the caves. Not for the terribly unfit, but worth the effort. Can't remember if there were 6 or 8 caves in all, but they were well displayed and maintained. Could have done with an audio tour or written hoardings. Fortunately our guide/driver filled us in.

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Sydney, Australia
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70 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Apart from the downside of a few extremely rude tourists, who don't look at the wealth of stunning religious artefacts in these splendid cave temples at all, but simply elbow and barge through to take photographs without an ounce of appreciation, this is one of the great treasure houses of Sri Lanka. Each cave has its own charm, character and... More 

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