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Dambula Tour & Travel Guide

Located in Sri Lanka’s Central Province, the Dambulla city of Sri Lanka is a true delight for every traveller roaming this place. It has been nicknamed as the centre of vegetable distribution due to its location at a major junction. Dambulla is a truly pristine place for the serenity seekers as well as the spiritual ones. The major tourists’ attractions here are not abundant but the prevalent spots are more than enough to leave its visitors stunned by their beguiling establishment and the positive aura. Few of the most prominent visits here include the Sri Lanka’s largest cave temple complex, the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium and also the Iron Wood Forest. Talking about the pristine culture of Sri Lanka, it is pictured in a very antique manner through the usage of many vibrantly coloured statues and the very elegant paintings.

Dambula Map


Top Sites

Dambulla Cave Temples, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa Ancient City, Minneriya National Park, Habarana

April to June

27°C to 32°C

July to Sep

25°C to 28°C

Oct to Feb

22°C to 25°C

An Insight into Dambula Tourism

Home To The Magnificent Five Cave Monastery

Situated At A Distance Of 72 Km From Kandy, Dambula Is The Geographical Center Of Sri Lankan Island And Is Also Poplar As The Cultural Triangle. The Magnificent Five Caves Temple, Earlier A Monastery Of The 3rd Century Bc Is The Pride Of Dambula. The Culture And Heritage Of This Quaint Little Town Revolves Around The Cave Temple. This Temple Complex Is The Best Preserved & Maintained Complex In Sri Lanka. The History Of This Complex Dates Back To King Valagama’s Time. The Caves Have 153 Different Poses Of Buddha Painted On The Walls That Depict The Royal Cycle Of Life. These Paintings Are Repainted By Monks Over Time. More Than 80 Caves Have Been Documented In And Around Dambula, Which Have 153 Buddha Statues, 3 Statues Of Sri Lankan Kings And 4 Statues Of God And Goddess.

Evolution Of These Exotic Caves Took Centuries And The Artwork In The, Is A Testimony To Many Periods Of Cultural History. The Murals Here Depict Different Stages Of Buddhist Art Through Ages. The Caves Have Many Statues And Sculptures Of Buddha In Different Positions, Along With Bodhisattvas, Monks And Several Statues Of Hindu Gods. These Are Life Size Or Bigger In Size Impressive Statues. The Must See Places Here Include Cave No.1 (Devaraja Viharaya), Cave No.2 (Maharaja Viharaya), Cave No.3 ( Maha Alut Viharaya), Cave No.4 (Pachima Viharaya), And Cave No.5 (Devana Alut Viharaya).

These Caves Were Built At The Base Of A 150 Meters High Rock During The Polonnaruwa (1073 To 1250) And Anuradhapura (1st Century Bc To 993 Ad) Era And Is The Most Impressive Cave Temple Found In Sri Lanka. Another Attraction Here Is The Ibbankatuwa Prehistoric Burial Site Nearby. It Is A Recent Archaeological Site Of Significant Historical Importance.

Travelers Prefer Day Time Excursions To Places Nearby Dambula Like Yapahuwa For The Rock Fortress, Kalawewa Tanks, Aukana Buddha Statue, Nalanda Gedige Temple Of 8th Century With Fusion Of Buddhist And Hindu Architecture, Kandalama With Archaeologically Sites Of Dambula, Sigiriya, Ritigala, Nalanda Gedige, Anuradhapura And Polonnaruwa; And Sasseruwa Near Aukana. The Rangiri Dambula International Stadium, Built In 167 Days, Is Also A Famous Tourist Destination Here. One Can Also Visit The Largest Rose Quartz Mountain Range And Na Uyana Aranya - The Iron Wood Forest.

Dambulla Is An Active Place Of Worship So Travelers Need To Wear Covered Dresses And Respect The Culture Rituals Of This Place. It’s Considered Extremely Rude To Pose With Ones Back Turned To Buddha’s Statues. Visiting And Exploring Dambulla In A Local Manner Is The Best Way To Explore This Town In Sri Lanka.

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