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“Ancient murals”

Dambulla Cave Temple
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US$599.00*
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8-Day Sri Lanka Classic Tour
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Habarana
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Dambulla Cave Temple is located 24 km (30 min) from Sigiriya in central Sri Lanka. Built in about 80BC It is the largest and best preserved cave temple in Sri Lanka. Inside are 153 Buddha statues in various reposes, three statues of ancient kings, and four other statues including those of Vishnu and Ganesh. The ceiling and walls have been repainted over the centuries contain a juxtapose of imagery including those of royal life.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Take a bag to carry your footwear and go early in the day before the rock and sand warm up to scorch your feet. This ancient temple has murals on ceilings as well as sides of the caves. Note the doors, locks and flagstones.

Thank nagaf2015
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"worth the climb"
in 9 reviews
"century bc"
in 6 reviews
"wall paintings"
in 5 reviews
"sri lanka"
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"knees and shoulders"
in 4 reviews
"reclining buddhas"
in 4 reviews
"rock face"
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"steep steps"
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"golden buddha"
in 3 reviews
"top of the rock"
in 3 reviews
"world heritage site"
in 3 reviews
"wear socks"
in 3 reviews
"ticket office"
in 6 reviews
"reverse order"
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"walk up"
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"worth the effort"
in 2 reviews
"fresco paintings"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The walk to get up there is quite easy and the la décape at the top is beautiful.
There are 4 main caves and some are really impressive. We enjoyed it with almost no one which is definitely a plus.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely visit and well worth the climb up to the caves.
Quite busy so get there early and do not forget socks as shoes have to be removed- this prevented walking on v hot paving.
5 temples to visit and all worth while. Ex views too.

Thank VWH26
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Otherwise known as The Golden Temple with historical importance. The climb up the rock can be somewhat challenging for the elderly. Once you reach the top you will realise the worth of it. You need to have fully covered legs and shoulders. You pay a small fee for shoe storage as you must enter bare feet. There are four caves with beautiful paintings and Buddha statues. Recommended visit.

Thank LisaA196
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is a 10 minute walk up a hill to get there and lots of monkeys and nice views on the way. The caves are amazing which sums it up!

Thank SukiAnnie
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