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Reviewed today via mobile

Stunning temple with 5 caves of a incredible Buddhist artwork. Make sure to arrive early to miss the crowds of largely disrespectful, noisy bus tours that ruin the atmosphere and any chance of soaking up the peace and quiet of a Buddhist site

Thank DharmaBum1965
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Reviewed yesterday

Our guide took us up here, which was very useful for our understanding. The history is fascinating. Worth spending an hour/hour and a half here.

Thank WymeswoldOFB
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

As many others have said, this is a bit of a climb, but certainly nothing too strenuous.
The temple itself is gorgeous with great views of the surrounding areas and the caves are extremely serene.
Women must have shoulders covered and both must cover knees, but sarongs and wraps can be hired for a small fee.
The only thing that stops me giving it 5 stars is that there's quite a lot of rubbish I the way back down (to the golden Buddha statue). Given the entrance fee is 1500 LKR each person and it's busy all the time, please employ someone to keep it clean (plus tourists, stop throwing your empty water bottles away)

Thank Craigogg
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We came back to Sri Lanka so that we could come here and other places. This temple is amazing, I seem to be at piece with myself just from being here. I also found That some people had no respect of where they were, chatting all the time, which kind of pissed me off.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Bit of a climb but worth it, with 5 temple caves to explore and fantastic wall/ceiling paintings. Views amazing.

Thank richardsQ2803ZI
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The golden temple (large golden Budda) and the Temple caves are slightly apart. Pop to the large golden Budda for a quick view and photo opportunity and then get a lift around to the temple caves, tickets are 1500 rupees and its a short walk up the stairs (15 mins) to get to the temple entrance. If it's a hot and sunny day take some water and maybe socks for you feet to protect against the hot stones. Cave temples have great painted ceilings and remember to look at the back of the doors.

Dress appropriately, cover shoulders and knees and remove hats/caps when entering. You can take pictures of the statues but not with people in the photos next to them.

Thank 748philj
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The golden temple of Dambulla was a great experience! We walked up and got to see an good view over the city and all the statues. It was so cool to see the temple.
It is a lot of monkeys on the way up and on the way down- which is a cool experience itself. They're actually all over the place!
A must see when in Sri Lanka

Thank Celine B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This rock Buddhist temple is beautiful. The view from the top also beautiful. The Time you need here depending on your ability to climb.

Thank 3SEse7
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure to include this Buddhist cave temple in your trip, an unforgettable experience. Make sure you take your time to look at all the beautiful statues.

Thank maatstaf
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Take your time climbing the 1000+ steps, The effort is worth the great views when at the top, and don't forget to climb the last two steps that are on their own. Go in the morning when it's less hot and fewer crowds

Thank Zenzar123
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