Dambulla is a large town, situated in the Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka, situated 148 km (92 mi) north-east of Colombo and 72 km (45 mi) north of Kandy. Due to its location at a major junction, it’s the center of vegetable distribution in the country.
Major attractions of the area include the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka, and the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, famous for being built in just 167 days. The area also boasts the largest rose quartz mountain range in South Asia, and the Iron wood forest, or Na Uyana Aranya.
Ibbankatuwa prehistoric burial site near Dambulla cave temple complexes is the latest archaeological site of significant historical importance found in Dambulla, which is located within 3 km (1.9 mi) of the cave temples providing evidence of the presence of indigenous civilizations long before the arrival of Indian influence on the Island nation.
Dambulla cave temple
It is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m (520 ft.) over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. This paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of god and goddess. The latter 4 include two statues of Hindu gods, Vishnu and Ganesh. The murals cover an area of 2,100 m². Depictions in the walls of the caves include Buddha’s temptation by demon Mara and Buddha’s first sermon.
Things to Do:
The Golden Temple / Golden Cave Temple / Jathika Namal Uyana / Nalada Gidige / Kandalama Hotel / Explore Minneriya National Park / Safari / Kaudulla National Park / Ritigala Forest Monastery / Hurulu Eco Park / Habarana Buddhist Temple / Hiking / Photo Shoots / BBQ Nights / Adventure Activates / Boat Riding
Approximately Time & Distance from Colombo: 4 h (168.8 km)
Province: Central Province | District: Matale District
Luxury Hotels in Area:
Signature By Amaya | Approximately Price Range: 200 to 210 USD | Click here to see the hotel
Amaya Lake Resort | Approximately Price Range: 100 to 110 USD | Click here to see the hotel
Normal Hotels in Area:
Elephas Resort Sigiriya | Approximately Price Range: 110 to 120 USD | Click here to see the hotel
Thilanka Resort and Spa | Approximately Price Range: 110 to 120 USD | Click here to see the hotel