We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94-66-228-3606
Website
Book ahead on Viator
More Info
$98*
and up
Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temples Day Trip
More Info
$475*
and up
8-Day Ramayana Trail Tour from Colombo
More Info
$370*
and up
4-Day Essence of Sri Lanka Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,221 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 623
    Excellent
  • 455
    Very good
  • 110
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Nice and cool inside...

We have visited this place during our honnymoon. We were there couple of hours. We enjoyed during the stay. Nothing excited however this place is history of Srilanka. If you have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
Jaya V
,
Sydney, Australia

Similar Things to Do in Dambulla

Add Photo Write a Review

1,221 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Hungarian first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Leyte Island, Philippines
Level Contributor
42 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

i would have given the temple a 5 considering all the old intricate paintings on its walls/roof and the astounding buddha statues. however, i don't think that the 1500LKR entrance fee is justifiable while all the locals could enter for free. and you also have to pay 25LKR for leaving your shoes before the entrance to the cave (which you... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Going up is not difficult but a bit danger going down. The place is with lots of monkeys around but the room is full of budas statues and the guide is very kind and explain the meaning of each one

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
52 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We have visited this place during our honnymoon. We were there couple of hours. We enjoyed during the stay. Nothing excited however this place is history of Srilanka. If you have time during your visit... just visit this place. There are museum as well.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Karachi, Pakistan
Level Contributor
49 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

You will be in awe at all the Buddhas that can fit into one place. This is a must see in Dambulla, Sri Lanka.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Las Vegas, Nevada
Level Contributor
91 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Rock Temple in Dambulla, also known as Golden Temple is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka. There is an LKR 1500 entrance fee for the Rock Cave at the top. The tickets are purchased at the bottom of the hill. The walk up is very pretty with monkeys watching over you at the lower portion and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We didn't plan this into the itinerary but so happy we managed to add into or way from polonnaruva to kandy. Entrance is 1500lkr, I agree the place could be more well organized in terms of information and guiding, however, all the along Buddha statues, wall paintings are beyond expectation. Not too touristic and way up is quite easy, stunning... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
De Pere, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
88 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

My spouse and I, and one other, visited during a private tour of Sri Lanka. Thankfully, our driver/guide drove us halfway to the top so that we had a bit more time to spend looking about. Dambulla Cave Temple is a World Heritage Site situated in the central part of the country, and is the largest and best preserved cave... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
200 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Worth a pic stop for its gigantic Buddha statue and the Gold stupa. Entrance is free to the Golden Temple.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

One of the hiding places of King Walagamba when he re-group his battle force. Once he got his crown back he turn all his hide places to temples. This one is the biggest cave temple in Sri Lanka. Once you reach to top you will me ancient temple as well as nice panorama view. Very calm and quite place. Recommend... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Level Contributor
26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

It is a small climb to the cave and 9 caves all together i believe. Go by morning or evening to escape the heat. each cave dates to a century and says some story and symbols of Buddhism. Certainly a place of history, do not be missed. view of the surrounding from the hill top is very good.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed The Golden Temple also viewed

Dambulla, Central Province
 
Polonnaruwa, North Central Province
Sigiriya, Central Province
 

Been to The Golden Temple? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Golden Temple

Address: Address: Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94-66-228-3606
Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Central Province  >  Dambulla

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Golden Temple and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
Beirut, Lebanon
2 months ago
Dambulla, null, Sri Lanka
5 months ago
Dambulla, null, Sri Lanka
5 months ago
Philippine, The Netherlands

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from The Golden Temple staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?