Cave temples in Dambulla, Sri Lanka – A Historical Wonder

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Dambulla, 148-km north-east of Colombo, is a town located in the central province of Sri Lanka. The cave temples are a famous attraction located in Dambulla. Due to the architecture, historical significance and artistic implication, the site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

Jerzy Strzelecki, Dambulla (js), CC BY 3.0

What is the significance?
Dambulla is assumed to have been a place of worship since the first century BC. Five caves and hundred and fifty-seven statues of Lord Buddha is what the cave temples house, along with intricate art covering the walls and the ceiling.

What do I get out of this experience?
The cave temples are sure to leave you awe-struck, but you’ll also get an insight into the rich history behind Buddhism. The shrines and statues along with the numerous people visiting the temples to worship all make this experience a phenomenal one.

How do I get there?
The cave temples can be easily got to from most Dambulla hotels in Sri Lanka. If you’re staying at Oak Ray Pelwehera Dambulla, the temples are only a 13-minute ride away, by car. Approximately a 4-hour drive from Colombo, it’s best to pre-plan your journey. You can either book a private taxi or get on the bus from Colombo fort, directly to Dambulla.

What else can I do?
If you have some more time after you’ve visited the caves, there are plenty of other attractions within a few km to visit. For instance, the Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress, Sigiriya museum, and Pidurangala rock are a few other places you can make time to visit!
Damon Starky is a creative nomadic travel writer, who is well informed and experienced on a wide range of interests that would connect to the needs of any type of traveler. Google+

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