Dambulla’s 2,000 year old cave temples – Cultural Triangle
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Dambulla Cave Temples are the largest and best-preserved rock cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, towering 160 m over the surrounding plains with more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. The site is of particular interest for anyone that loves historic art, as five of the caves contain ancient statues and paintings related to and depicting Lord Buddha and his life.
EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION: The climb from the base is not strenuous – and can be done at a leisurely pace. It takes approximately 30 minutes. Your guide will buy your entrance fee and climb with you. There are approximately 200 steps. The best time to climb is in the early morning or the late afternoon to avoid the heat. You will need to cover your knees and shoulders – and access the inner chambers barefoot or with socks. You will find socks in the basket inside the vehicle and a sarong in case you need one. The entire visit takes approximately 1.5 hours.
Includes: We provide a guide, water, socks, shawl and vehicle.
Duration: Approx. 30 minutes
Suitable for children: Children over the ages of 7
Meeting Time: The best time to climb is in the early morning or the late afternoon to avoid the heat.
What to wear or bring along: Light, cool clothing. You will need to cover your knees and shoulders – and access the inner chambers barefoot or with socks.
In the Know: Remember you are not allowed to take pictures with your back to lord Buda. Be careful with the monkeys as well, they are not very Buddhist!
Private or not? The visit is private, guided by your chauffeur guide, national guide or site guide. That said, there may be other people around at the site.