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Golden Cave Temple

Address: Dambulla, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Dambulla
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The Golden Cave Temple is a cave-temple complex that dates back before the 2nd century. It is a...
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Type: Castles, Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The Golden Cave Temple is a cave-temple complex that dates back before the 2nd century. It is a religious site that is significant to buddhist and hindu faiths.
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Singapore, Singapore
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

The climb is less tedious than the one to the sigiriya rock fortress. There are steps and slopes and i'll advise you to take your time.Along the way there will be locals selling souvenirs and i must say some were very insistent! We managed to catch the sunset at the top;entrance to the temple.You must remove your footwear if your... More 

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Layer de la Haye, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

First of all buy your tickets at the bottom. As you enter the gate, there’s a building in front of you, the ticket office is at the back of that building (go round the side, not through the building). Then passing the Golden Buddha and museum (the biggest of its kind in the world they say) start your hike up... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

We had excellent guide and he made our visit very interesting. The cave and temple are very interesting and location was beautiful. My only problem was walking barefoot that I am not use to and ground wasn't smooth, it was not very convenient for me. I remembered that in Myanmar people were cleaning paths all time and they were very... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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31 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Stunning views and landscape. Fascinating history and the buddhas in the cave were varied and very beautiful

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Vina del Mar, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

It's a great walking through historic place, the cave is more than 2000 years old and the story from it is fascinating, if you are really into historic places this is a must!

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We did a day trip from Kandy. It took us about 2.5hrs. Definitely worth a visit. Foreigners pay about 2500 LKR. Toilets available next to the visitors centre. They are BAD! So hold if you can... Next to the temple, is two entrances. One to the Golden Buddha and other one up to the Cave Temple. If are going up... More 

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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The Dambulla cave temple is a really beautiful temple carved into the mountain rock. The temple has numerous Buddha statue and has 5 caves in all. The paintings cover the cave completely and are untouched by wind and rain erosion unlike Sigriya. You will need about an hour to explore the whole place. The cave temple is located high up... More 

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Robertson, Australia
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Overwhelming would be best to describe these 5 caves in the side of the mountain. Internally they are completely covered in paintings and the statues are quite amazing. The fronts of the caves have been built to save the paintings and it looks lovely. You still enter a small doorway to view each cave and the reclining Buddha in the... More 

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Somerset, UK
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

really really worth a trip here. I didnt get to go in to the buddhist museum but really wish i had. Lots more monkeys to see on your climb to the caves and a real cultural experience when you get there. Try and lean a little about buddhism first if you can.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

awesome.....place.....u have to climb a lot...worth climbing..ticket lil costly.but awesom place above the rock.............

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