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Address: Dambulla, Sri Lanka
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A must see historic site in Dambulla

The Golden Cave Temple in Dambulla is a very important religious and historical site in the midlands of Sri Lanka. At its entrance, you could see a large golden seated statue of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

The Golden Cave Temple in Dambulla is a very important religious and historical site in the midlands of Sri Lanka. At its entrance, you could see a large golden seated statue of Lord Buddha. The climb to the top which is about 1,000 feet above mean sea level is rather exhaustive but you could enjoy a bird's eye view of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

This was a great surprise when I first entered the cave temple. I was blown away from all the frescos on each wall and ceiling. What I love about wall paintings, is it tells you a story. Within the cave temples are many Buddhas in different mudra positions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

There is quite a long set of stairs leading to the Rock Temple, which is partially doubled by a stony slope. The ascent is quite long but not tiresome. The Rock Temple itself consists of several caves, each containing impressive statues and paintings in a very atmospheric environment. The whole place is surrounded by a fence with barbed wire, presumably,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Best to do in the afternoon, not in direct sunlight as can get hot. Wear socks. You have to take shoes off before you enter and the stone is HOT!! The caves are lovely, but there is no information about what anything is, if you want a history lesson read up on it first! We were in and out within... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Don't be put off by the steep initial climb to get to the caves. It's a stunning place when you get there, not to be missed. Both our daughters 2 and 5 climbed up with some carrying for the little one. You must take shoes off at the top so if it's a hot day, plan some socks or the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

One of the must see in Sri Lanka is the Golden Temple in dambulla. Although we planned to climb up the evening, but since we reached late we climbed up the next morning. Not much difficulty. The scenes from the top of the hill are amazing. The paintings inside the caves are amazing. Worth a visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Visit this Temple innovember so pretty and well conservated.yo can spend maybe 1 hour and half, need to use stairs , comfortable shoes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Sunset is beautiful Paintings in caves A lot of buddhas But some Chineese tourists were too noisy in the temple

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Typical of most Sri Lankan attractions, this requires an effort to get up to it, and some of it is bare rock, but the steps (which is most of the way) are well graded. The temple and caves at the top are very impressive, with five caves of varying size and all offering something different. The two larger caves have... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

So we arrive and follow the signs to go pay....the office is closed and no staff around to ask so we decided to walk up as we assumed you must pay at the top. Upon arrival we were told to go back down as they did not sell tickets and the office was open and must be mistaken. Then to... More 

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