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Address: Dambulla, Sri Lanka
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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Get ready for the hike up the steps, but the art work in the caves are unbelievable. It is just am amazing site to see and does not take much time visit. You can complete your... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Hong Kong, China
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I respect the reverence that a place such as this cave temple has for hard-core Buddhists but after seeing one, the rest all look the same. The climb up is not too strenuous for the moderately-fit person.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Get ready for the hike up the steps, but the art work in the caves are unbelievable. It is just am amazing site to see and does not take much time visit. You can complete your visit here in one hour unless you really hang around for more experience.

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Basel, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Reading some of these reviews - the 240 steps were nothing compared to Sigiriya Rock Fortress. If you are in half decent shape = no problem. I thought it was over-priced to essentially see one buddah statue after another. No criticism about Buddah, I admire the reverence, however for about $80 (entrance fee for 2 people + a guide) -... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The cave temples were beautifully fascinating but at the same time were ruined by the constant interruptions by 'tour guides' who just targeted the tourists and asked for money for basically pointing at a Buddah. It made us feel on edge and nervous about talking to people as eveytime we did we were asked for money, very odd considering we... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

One of the finest Buddhist temples In Sri Lanka, that I've seen. Be prepared - there are around 240 steps to climb, but it is absolutely worth the effort. There are 5 caves (the oldest being 22 centuries old) that show dozens of Buddha statues. Local guide will gladly share his knowledge with you for any small gratuity - do... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Be ready for a very steep climb up 250+ steps to a large complex of a number of budhist temples in caves. Each enclosure contained different Buddhas. We thought it was quite impressive and worth the effort in the extreme heat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This is another punishing site as far as access goes - lots of steps and quite hard work. The five caves contain 157 images of Buddha and there are 22,000 square feet (about 2,200 square metres) of wall and ceiling paintings. We enjoyed our visit, but the toilet facilities are dreadful - very smelly!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I went to Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya, but the rock temple at Dambulla was by far the most impressive of the 4. A steep climb in the heat, but then you are treated to 5 caves of intricate carvings and paintings. The caves are a welcome relief from the heat. There are also good views from the hilltop across to... More 

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Hong Kong
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

A good trek up. View as you go up and at the top is quite nice. Some nice Buddha statues in the temple but not really worth the entrance fee. Spent 30-45min here.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

These caves are pretty spectacular! This is easily one of the most amazing Buddhist sites that I have ever visited and well worth going out of your way to visit. It has been a pilgrimage site for 22 centuries and has over 100 Buddha statues. This was one of the most memorable experiences from my trip.

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