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Explore the intricate murals and statues at Dambulla

The fairly large town of Dambulla, 72 km from the hill capital of Kandy, is most known for the famed Dambulla cave temple which over the years, has become an image emblematic of Sri Lanka and the rich history it boasts. The town of Dambulla itself has little to offer, unless heavy traffic and wholesale markets are of particular interest as Dambulla serves as the central point for vegetable distribution for the island. A night or two in Dambulla is perfect for exploring the Cultural Triangle which includes Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura.

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Fun Facts

  • The Dambulla caves were occupied as early as the 3rd century BC, and today they form the largest and best-preserved temple complex of their kind in Sri Lanka.

Experiences & Things to Do at Dambulla

A visit to UNESCO Dambulla Cave Temple - Dambulla -  Sri Lanka In Style
A visit to UNESCO Dambulla Cave Temple

The climb takes approximately 20 minutes, but allow plenty of time (at least 45 minutes) for exploring the caves once you are at the summit.

A visit to a Sri Lankan village with lunch - Dambulla -  Sri Lanka In Style
A visit to a Sri Lankan village with lunch

Take a boat and tractor to a local village, passing wide paddy fields along the way, then indulge in a hearty, authentic Sri Lankan meal.


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