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“Frescoes are wonderful”
Review of The Golden Temple

The Golden Temple
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Full-Day Tour of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and...
Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Dambulla
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Reviewed August 22, 2014

We went as part of a Hayes and Jarvis tour and arrived about 8.30 and already people were arriving but it wasn't too hot to climb the 200+ steps. The caves have lots of statues of Buddha in different positions and styles. The frescoes are wonderful.

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Reviewed August 21, 2014

Never seen anything like this. Worth the visit entirely. Not crowded and glad we followed the guide book's advice to begin with Cave 5 (the last one as you walk towards the back) and then work back. They are like nothing else I've seen.

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Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

What makes this temple stand out is the fact that it is still intact, unlike many temple ruins we visited in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. That's also the reason why we liked this temple the most. Despite its plain look from the outside, It actually has many rooms full of fascinating Buddha statues, with walls and ceilings full of interesting fresco.

Be prepared to climb up few stairs to reach the temple and find slightly cheekier monkey (compared to the one we saw in other places). So don't bring plastic bag around!

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2  Thank Benaga V
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Reviewed August 19, 2014

I've been there a few times already an will be again!
very historical site, original and spectacular view from the top

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Reviewed August 18, 2014

I loved visiting the caves. From climbing up the slopes bare footed to watching the monkeys, to studying the beautiful caves. It was a tranquil and beautiful experience. I would definitely recommend going. Although take some change, as typically for Sri Lanka you need to pay for everything - including them watching your shoes.

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