A stupa in one of the Dambulla caves

Dambulla Tours and Travels

About Dambulla

Situated in central Sri Lanka, Dambulla is most famous for its Rock Temples. This stunning complex of 5 caves contains over 150 images of Buddha including an impressive 15 metre statue carved out of the cave rock in the first cave, Devaraja Viharaya. The second cave, the Temple of the Great King is the most spectacular measuring 52m in length and 23m in width. It contains the statues of two kings, Nissanka Malla and Valagamba but the biggest draw card for the cave is the main Buddha statue, situated under a dragon-decorated archway and covered in glistening gold leaf.

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The third cave, Maha Alut Viharaya is an 18th century converted store room and contains a beautiful reclining Buddha. Cave number four was once broken into by thieves who believed it to contain royal jewellery and now contains a solitary Buddha, seated with its hands cupped. The final cave is the newest and features another reclining Buddha as well as Hindu deities.

These rock temples are by far some of the most ancient and impressive on the island as well as being the best preserved. As with most places in Sri Lanka, Dambulla has its own cricket ground, the Dambulla international Cricket Stadium. Built in 2001 it took just 167 days to construct. Visitors to the site can either choose to spend the night in the town of Dambulla or to set up camp in Kandy or Sigiriya and visit the temples in a day trip.

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Dambulla Hotels

If you are planning a Dambulla holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Heritance Kandalama Dambulla

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Enjoying a hilltop location that affords panoramic views of the Sigiriya rock fortress, the Heritance Kandalama is a premier choice with three stunning swimming pools that perfectly merge with the landscape. Spacious guestrooms are elegantly furnished with beautiful wooden floors and dark colours, and feature private balconies with views of either the lake or the Dambulla rock. There's a choice of dining venues offering delicious meals cooked from local ingredients as well as international classics. Guests can unwind at the Six Senses Spa with Ayurvedic massages and other treatments. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.

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