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Explore the intricate murals and statues at Dambulla

Experiences in Dambulla

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Dambulla is home to one of the most popular cultural sites in Sri Lanka – the island’s largest and most spectacular cave temple complex which is decorated by the finest murals in the country, brilliant multi-coloured images which depict ancient stories and the life of the Buddha. Dambulla Cave Temple also houses beautiful carvings and stupas and stupendous statues, including an awe-inspiring recumbent figure of Lord Buddha which stretches the length of the cave.

There are also a range of other things to do in this area if you want to venture out a little further. Climb nearby Sigiriya Rock Fortress, one of the most awe-inspiring sites in Sri Lanka; explore Ritigala Forest Reserve in search of an ancient Buddhist monastery which was abandoned over 1,000 years ago; go on a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park in search of Sri Lanka’s ‘big game’, including elephants and leopards, or experience an authentic Sri Lanka by visiting a local village and dining with the community.

For something extra special, take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise over the dramatic plains of the Cultural Triangle and watch the beautiful landscape, dotted with ancient ruins, unfold beneath you. A must for honeymooners.

Individual Experiences

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.

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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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