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The Golden Temple

Address: Dambulla, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Dambulla
Type: Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks
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Type: Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Steep climb so go early or late. Well worth the climb as impressive and spiritual. Don't moan about the 1500 rupee entrance one 25 rupee shoe protection money - all good value!

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Beirut, Lebanon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We did not have much time to spend here so viewed the temple only from the outside. The temple building is heavily decorated in colorful objects. It is a sight to behold.

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amsterdam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

site is definitely not to be missed! one detail: mind buying your ticket before ascending the stairs and hill! ticket counter is right from the big buddha statue, note that staff will send you back all the way down if you haven't got a ticket yet....

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Its a nice and huge Buddha and we went around sunset time so the climb wasnt too hectic. They have a charge for foreigners and the temple is open till 9pm

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Price 1500 rupees. Same price in Taj Mahal, but ticket in Taj Mahal include Red Fort, free shoes service and free toilet. Place of course interesting, but with not adequate price and service. Enough one hour for visit. To more expensive Sri Lankan places we don't go. We saw more interesting places with adequate prices.

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Gorey, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I always have to confess that these type of places are not big on my agenda. These caves have a great feeling of reverence about them. The climb up is a little steep but nothing serious. The monkeys are particularly cheeky. Not advisable to carry food. They will grab. There are five caves, fairly similar. It is easy to see... More 

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Worth a visit if you enjoy culture and art. The rooms are similar but all very beautiful. The climb is steep and remember to cover your knees!

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cape town, south africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It was a steep walk up to the caves which were filled with old statues of the Buddha. Lots of cave paintings on the roof. Worth a visit.

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

During our visit to Dambulla, we visited this Golden Temple of Buddha. This is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, situated in the Central part of the country. This Golden Temple is located at a distance of about 150 Kms, East of Colombo and around 75 Kms North of Kandy. It is said that this Golden Temple is the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015 via mobile

For enjoying the whole thing take a guide! There a some guys in front of the temple. Its worthy when you know so mich about that Religion!

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