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Golden Cave Temple

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Address: Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94776507253
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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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We were very surprised that we did not have to buy any tickets to this unesco site, even though you can find 1500 Rs price everywhere. Beautiful but very busy. Use the old way... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were very surprised that we did not have to buy any tickets to this unesco site, even though you can find 1500 Rs price everywhere. Beautiful but very busy. Use the old way out, it is much more interesting and romantic than the stairs. Very quiet there.

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Thank Radek H
Fethiye, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After a fairly hard climb of around 4oo steps the result was worth every ache. Monkeys guide you along to the caves where a wonderment of statues abound with great views of the surrounding countryside. Free entry is great to allow all pockets to afford this special place.

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Thank Calisflashpackers
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The giant and largest Buddha statue welcomes you to the site. An uphill hike to get to these caves in the heat and humidity. The reward was wonderful. The caves are very impressive. Many, many Buddhas to see and photograph. Again as with the majority of temples, you must remove your shoes once you get to the top of the... More 

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Thank Victoria P
Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

don't miss the opportunity to visit these cave temples. Breathtaking! It is worth the climb, you will be rewareded

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Thank 2swisstravelers
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An uphill walk but worth every step, the temple build into the rock is impressive as are the beautiful and numerous buddhas inside the caves. Would recommend you take socks to put on after removing your shoes as the ground is hot and dusty. Don't forget water & watch out for the cheeky monkeys! We very much enjoyed our visit... More 

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Thank JFlovestravel
Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very pleasant walk up (yet0 another hill is worth the time and energy. You will not only enjoy a view of the local countryside near Dambulla but find yourself in one of the more interesting Temples in Sri Lanka.

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Thank grahamteys
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Many steps up to this cave in the rock, but you are rewarded with over 150 statues of Buddha from various periods.

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Thank PeteLucy434
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first experience of temples in Sri Lanka and our guide, Jagath, made it possible for us to totally enjoy this attraction. All the information we were given was very impressive. Yes, lots and lots of steps and walking over rock, slow and sure footing is needed for this visit but well worth it.

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Thank 3Friends28
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good temple in a nice location. You have to climb 100-200 steps and a few slopes to reach the temple. They charge you to take care of your shoes outside the temple Rs 25 per pair (which is clearly written on the signboard) but they asked for Rs 50 per pair from us but once we pointed to the sign... More 

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Thank Ronak S
Haddenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit though there are lots of steps which aren't great for the elderly or infirm. Don't put anything of value down without keeping your eyes on it!

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