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Address: Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94776507253
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Description: The Golden Cave Temple is a cave-temple complex that dates back before the...
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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I did not know much about the Golden Cave Temple in advance and I liked it a lot! The views from the top where the temple itself is are beautiful and the you can spot a lot of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I did not know much about the Golden Cave Temple in advance and I liked it a lot! The views from the top where the temple itself is are beautiful and the you can spot a lot of monkies on the way too. The Temple area itself is stunning with a calming athmosphere and some great artwork. There are two... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Very interesting place. The caves are full of Buddah's sculptures in different sizes and we saw a lot of monkeys playing around.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Worth a visit but go ealry as there a a few hundred steps to make it up there. Lots of Buddahs in the 5 caves and many good views on the way up and from up there. Beware of monkey´s surely they are at home and out for a good "steal".

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Good place and a relaxing environment. It has an entrance fees of 1500 LKR. The cave is up on the top of a hill, and it is a bit of a tough climb there for a not so fit person. Old people too might have an issue here. but possible to do it, in a slow pace. And it is... More 

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Mauritius
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I went for a visit by myself an early sunday morning. Bought some lotus flowers as offerings (100 rupees) on the way up the mountain. I think I paid 1500 rupees for the entrance. It is not Sigiryia, but you still need to walk up a fair amount of steps and stairs - I took my time and enjoyed the... More 

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Bexhill East sussex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This such a beautiful place, it takes you breath away. There is a slight cimb involved with a few hundred steps but the view and the Budda statues are stunning. You will not be disappointed.

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London, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Visited early in the morning, the place was empty, there was a nice cooling breeze. Nice view from the top, the caves were interesting. I have been to more interesting places, if you're a Buddha worshipper I guess this is a very significant location, for me it was less so

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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A very important site to have on your route plan. Doesn't take more than about 90 minutes from your day but worth it.

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Davao City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Another tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. Don't miss this out as this is a UNESCO Heritage Site. You will need to dress appropriately. Cover the shoulders and legs. You will climb flight of stairs enough to make you sweat when you are at the top.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Dambulla cave temples are excellent. Well preserved. It is quite a long climb up quite a lot of steps to get to the top. The top part is a temple so no shoes. There were lots of different Buddhas and different statues in the caves. The steps are ok ... Just a lot of them but you can go by... More 

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Address: Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94776507253
Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Central Province  >  Dambulla

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