The Golden Temple of Dambulla, Sri Lanka


Located 72km away from the town of Kandy, which makes it a good day trip is the town of Dambulla, for its famous rock cave temple.

I visited Dambulla combined with Sigiriya, travelling all the way from and back to Kandy in a day using the ever reliable Tuk tuk arranged by the owner of my home stay (I stayed at Mount Haven Guest House).

Both Dambulla and Sigiriya can be reached by combination of public buses from Kandy and obviously a cheaper option than hiring a private vehicle, but with my limited time, I opted to spend a little and hired a private Tuk Tuk instead, this way I will have more time visiting both places.
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sri lanka

Tuk tuk is one tough vehicle, and I believe Lalith, my Sinhalese tuk tuk guide/driver for the day, when he said that you can really travel anywhere in Sri Lanka with this 3-wheeled vehicle. The journey from Kandy to Dambulla is a long one but enjoyable in a way, as it allows you to see different towns between the touristic sites.

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Dambulla Cave Temple or also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, is one of the country’s largest best-preserved temple complex. There are five sanctuaries of varying size, each cave filled with Buddhist mural paintings and Buddha statues of different sizes and poses.
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The exterior facade of the cave temple is painted in white while the inside the five sanctuaries is dark, exuding an ambiance of calmness and mystery.
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The entrance fee for foreign visitors is LKR 1500 (10 USD). As this is a scared religious site, similar to any other similar site worldwide, decent clothing is expected- no exposed shoulders and knees.
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sri lanka

Situated at 150m elevation offering a great panaromic view, even of the famous Sigiriya Rock, the entrance to the temple from the ticketing booth is via the adjacent stone staircase.
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