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Dambulla Cave Tour Excursion, Sri Lanka

Region: ancient-cities | Location: Dambulla
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Dambulla is a famous for its remarkable cave temple, 500 feet high and dating back to the 1st century BC when King Valagam Bahu, driven out of Anuradhapura, took refuge here. When he regained his throne he converted the caves into a magnificent rock temple. Later kings made further improvements to the temple, including gilding of the interior, earning the name Ran Giri (Golden Rock). With its series of spectacular caves and a painted area of cover 20,000 sq.ft. Of Buddhist murals, Dambulla truly is magnificent.

Five Caves

Altogether, there are five caves at Cave Temple of Dambulla. Cave 2, the Maharaja Vihara is the largest and most spectacular at over 50m long, 7m high and almost 25m deep. The spiritual energy at Dambulla is palpable and the Buddhist art on display is unparalleled in Sri Lanka. An added bonus is the majestic view from the top of the rock.

Location

Located at the centre of the island of Sri Lanka, 148km from Colombo, and on the main route north to Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, the Dambulla cave temples are masterpieces of Buddhist art. Dambulla is 12 miles from Sigiriya. Dambulla must be viewed along with Sigiriya - both can be viewed on the same day.

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