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The Golden Temple

Dambulla, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Dambulla
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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Beirut, Lebanon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

It's gonna take you like 20 minutes to get to the top, you'll find the first cave very interesting but then you'll notice that all the caves are the same only the size get smaller so nothing really special about it.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Unbelievable art in a number of cave chambers, rich in history and religious significance - a real feast for the eyes and like nothing I'd ever seen before. A beautiful and peaceful place to visit.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is a decent activity to do while in Dambulla. Beware as there is a litte climb to get up to the caves but its pretty neat once you get up there. Lots of monkey hanging around.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Located in the Golden Temple premises, one route goes up to the Dambulla Cave Temple and the other one to the Golden Buddha statue. Its a steep climb (not as steep as Sigiriya) but will take 15-20 mins for sure. The green view from the top is nice and the 5 cave temples are v. interesting. There are 1-2 guides... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Foreigners pay 1500 Sri Lanka rupee per person to visit this temple while the locals pay nothing. Visitors with garments NOT below the mid-calf risk a rip-off at the middle of the climb to purchase ridiculously expensive cotton pants that are usually priced at 600-800 rupee. However, local visitors get away with clothing around their knees. Do note that there... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I was surprised to be informed that we cannot visit the Dambulla Temple with our head scarf on. If we wish to go inside the temple, then we have to remove our head scarf. As a Muslim I would not do that so I did not visit the temple from inside.

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Fishguard, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Initially a very normal looking cave temple! Then you enter cave no 2, it took our breath away! Words cannot fully described the impact this places will have on you, do not miss visiting here. Very emotional experience.

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Lydney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit, our guide was invaluable to helping us appreciate this truly wonderful place His advice to go early was sound, we arrived about 9am, not too hot and no crowds and we felt very privileged to enjoy this special place almost to ourselves If you are doing the Cultural Triangle - you have to go to... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We had a good guide take us through the cave temple. Worth it to learn about the history of each area. Many stairs to climb but worth it. The history attached to the cave temple is mind boggling. Highly recommended.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Fantastic paintings, but they are in need of conservation. Great that there is not too much lighting inside the caves as these would deteriorate the paintings further.

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