Cave Temples of Dambulla – A divine place of worship and home to artistic wonders!

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The Dambulla cave temples are one of the well preserved and most beautiful historical sites of Sri Lanka. Read on to know more about this unique and spectacular place of worship.

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Located to the south of the city of Dambulla and 160 metres above the main road the cave temples of Dambulla boast a tranquil ambience and offers an excellent place to lose yourself in Art. It is one of the 7 world heritage sites in Sri Lanka being home to home to over 150 meticulously crafted Buddha statues and stunning wall paintings.


The cave temples are believed to be built over two thousand years ago and it is also said that the artworks at the temple were embellished by kings who ruled the region over the centuries after the construction of the temples.

Visiting there

Located right in the middle of the central triangle of Sri Lanka the Dambulla cave temples are easily accessible from Kandy where you can visit the cave temples by book a cab or a taxi. You can also plan your stay in Kandy on your way back to where most of the holiday bungalows in Sri Lanka the likes of Mountbatten Bungalow are located here.

Other attractions

Apart from the paintings and the statues, the cave temple grounds are surrounded by several other temples and ruins that are also worth watching located just over a 20-kilometre distance lies the magnificent Sigiriya rock which is visible from the temple premise.


Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+


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