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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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Worth the climb

We arrived on a Sunday and were able to see 'Sunday school' with the children dressed in white National costume listening to a monk. Unexpectedly a steeper climb than I had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK
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Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We arrived on a Sunday and were able to see 'Sunday school' with the children dressed in white National costume listening to a monk. Unexpectedly a steeper climb than I had expected but worth the effort to get to the top even if you need stops to 'admire the view'. We knew shoes have to be removed at the entrance... More 

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Pavia, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

You will reach the caves after a climb so get prepared! The frescoed caves are very beautiful with more than 1000 statues of meditating buddha. View from the top is interesting too.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

You need to climb up and up and the paintings and statues in the caves open up. Amazing paintings, still well preserved and the statues take you back to the period in history

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Singapore, Singapore
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The ancient temple was carved out of a rock facade. Some of the statues of Buddha were carved out from the rock inside the cave. The statues were beautifully painted with natural paints.

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Canadensis, PA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

While not a real culture addict, I really did find these caves fascinating. Try to go in the early morning, as it gets pretty hot here. There are Macaque monkeys everywhere, they were really fun to watch too.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I would definitively recommend a trip to the caves if you are visiting Dambulla. Really interesting experience. We went early in the morning as it can get very hot in the caves and hiking up the steps to the entrance. Watch out for the monkeys that wander round and even in the caves. Don't carry food.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We decided afterwards that we probably wouldn't have bothered with this if we did our trip over. It is very overpriced (about 15usd). The caves are interesting and the walk up is fun with lots of cute monkeys to be seen. The view from the top isn't that fantastic and the site itself is not maintained very well at all,... More 

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Horsham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Breathtaking art: cave painting and rock carving. If one takes the time and has the benefit of a good guide, the subtleties of each of the four caves are most interesting. We weren't sure what to expect - it was simply billed as "on route (from Kandalama to Kandy), visit the Caves at Dambulla" so it far exceeded our expectations!... More 

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New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Firstly I was a bit disappointed perhaps because I went there with too many expectations. So if you go there with right expectations chances are you will be less disappointed. Its a 1500 steps hike to a small hilltop with 4-5 caves housing many Buddha statues and wall paintings which are very similar. That's all. On the positive side, the... More 

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manila, philippines
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is one of the best temple i've ever seen, its worth the trip up, ascending by the stairs are all worth it once you see whats inside the temple cave.

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