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Reviews of Dambulla Cave Temple • 20
Bidding Adieu to Kandy and on our way to Nuwara Eliya, we had another climb scheduled on a flight of 400 stairs, to see another UNESCO heritage site, Dambulla Cave Temples and the Golden Temple. The detailing in the cave paintings, sombre statues of Buddha in all the five temples are steeped in artistic brilliance and showcases the historic and geographic confluence of south east Asia.
Now, I had to run to the Dambulla caves. Hence, I walked to the near Bus Stand. There was a bus there for Dambulla but no driver and passengers. Upon checking with some people around, I got to know that this bus was not going in my direction. I wanted to reach my destination before it gets dark, so I raised my thumb at a car coming to my direction. Thankfully, it stopped and offered me a ride till Dambulla. It was around 6 PM and I wanted to reach the cave temple as soon as possible as the entry closes after 6.30PM.
Spiritual Encounter at the Dambulla Cave TempleA World Historic Site and a must on the places to visit in Sri Lanka, the Dambulla Cave Temple has been a pilgrimage site for centuries. It is the largest cave site in the country with Buddhist mural paintings and 157 statues.
The Dambulla Cave Temple is a monastery on a massive rock towering above the plains of Dambulla. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the best preserved of Sri Lanka's cave complexes and has been a sacred place for over two centuries. The complex comprises over 80 caves, five of which are the important ones with over 150 statues mainly of Buddha, and of Sri Lankan kings, gods and goddesses. Later, visit Ranweli Spice Garden. On arrival, check-in to your hotel in Kandy. Later in the afternoon, proceed on a city tour of Kandy visiting places like Gem Museum and the Lapidary. Overnight in Kandy. (B)
The Dambulla Cave Temple is a monastery on a massive rock towering above the plains of Dambulla. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the best preserved of Sri Lanka's cave complexes and has been a sacred place for over two centuries. The complex comprises over 80 caves, five of which are the important ones with over 150 statues mainly of Buddha, and of Sri Lankan kings, gods and goddesses. On arrival, check-in to your hotel in Kandy. Later in the afternoon, proceed on a city tour of Kandy visiting places like Gem Museum and the Lapidary. Overnight in Kandy. (B, L, D)
Have a breakfast of Egg Hoppers amongst other things at your hotel and head out for a drive to Dambulla Cave Temple which is home to many ancient paintings and sculptures, some of which are beautifully preserved. After a picture stop and some exploring, drive down further to Anuradhapura which is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka. Check into your hotel and set out to explore the old Buddhist city. Places of interest include Kutta Pokuna, Sri Maha Bodhi, Abhayagiri Dagoba and Ratnaprasada.
I had no intention of staying the night in Dambulla, so taking a hotel room was out of the question, so I simply walked into the first shop, I saw, and asked the lady at the counter, if she would keep my bag for me while I go visit the cave temple, she said yes and I left my bag and went to visit the temple. It is another story that I almost forgot which shop, I had left my bag at, and had to search quite a bit before I could find it.
Followed the Wikitravel advice: Bus from the airport to Kurunegala, changed to a bus to Dambulla. Cost was quite minimal around LKR 300.Bus to Sigiriya from Dambulla bus stand. Bus was quite crowded and hot.Took the ticket to Sigiriya costing USD 15 for Indian nationals (double for westerners)
The Cave Temple of Dambulla, also known as The Golden Temple, the most famous & most sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy & many more… The tours ends with a relaxing beach stay. The Package includes Hotel Accommodation on Twin Sharing basis + Daily Breakfast starting from second day & TransportationAll the visits / sight seeing is subjected to a marginal entrance fee, which is not Included in the Package Price & same has to be paid directly.
Dambulla is famous for its cave temples carved beneath a massive hanging rock. The rock standing tall at 150m is said to be a place of worship dating back to 1st century BC( when the frescoes were painted) The shrines within the temple are a classic example of 18th century art from SriLanka, Kandy.
Parts of the path were rather slippery. After Sigiriya we headed to Dambulla. There is an entry fee to both Sigiriya and Dambulla which if I remember correctly is 50 USD for non-SAARC citizens and 25 for SAARC citizens.
It has a temple and an impressive Budhdha statue. Buses to sigiriya run at regular intervals from Dambull a which is then connected to Kandy through regular bus service. You can either stay at Dambulla or Sigiriya itself. In case you plan to climb both Sigiriya and Pidurangala rock it is better that you stay in Sigiriya. We stayed at Kandy and visited Dambulla and Sigiriya in a day. If you are short on time you might want to do the same.4. Walk around Galle fort
Golden Temple is situated on the main road to Sigriya and if you wish to visit the temple you will have to pay a 50USD entry fee. There is a buddhist museum in the same complex and entry fee for the same is just about 100LKR (40INR/<1USD).Once at Sigiriya, finding the resort was cumbersome and I would suggest you ask your driver to speak with the reception to understand directions; If possible ask them to assist you from a common spot. We wasted at least an hour getting lost in Sigirya, the view of the country side was worth it nonetheless.
It took us 3-4 hours to reach Sigiriya with a stop at Dambulla, Golden Temple on our way and a quick stop for tea.
The next day, we managed to pull ourselves out of our bunk beds at some 4am and trudge along a 15minute walk to the central bus stand and catch the next bus that would take us to Sigiriya. With whatever possible communication we could manage, we got into a rickety local bus to Dambulla from where we were told to take the next bus to Sigiriya.The only peculiar thing you’ll notice about Sri Lanka is that apart from the usual vendors and hawkers, there are plenty of people selling and buying lottery tickets! It is some sort of craze that the entire nation is a part of and does not matter how little money you have in your pockets, you always have enough money to buy a lottery ticket!Anyway, after a 5 hour long bus ride we finally got dropped off at the Dambulla bus stop (which like other bus stops in most of Sri Lanka is just a designated spot on the road that you get off at). After a few minutes worth of waiting and a quick breakfast of vadais squeezed in, we got the next bus to Sigiriya, which took us another 1 hour or so to cover.
We discovered a quaint café in Sigriya that served the perfect Sri Lankan rice plate meal (delicious enough to turn me into a vegetarian) ,soon we decided to rush to the Dambulla caves and climb another to this sacred pilgrimage site preserved for over 22 centuries. I have been told that Dambulla with its five sanctuaries is the largest and best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka.A peace and the calm at the monastery definitely allowed me to realise the importance of the key teaching of Buddism of not looking at life or a situation as good or bad but just ‘Being’.Quick Tip: Carry your rain gear...IT WILL RAIN ! no matter how sunny it is that day.
Golden temple and cave temple which is open from 7 a.m. To 5 p.m. You have to walk up for cave temple for around 1/2 an hour ( at my pace). The entry ticket is 1500 LKR.
The Dambulla Cave Temple, also called the Golden Cave Temple, is a set of five caves that are perfect for those who enjoy getting to know the history of different places. This temple is so pristine; people say visiting it will be a blessing for you. Considered to be one of the oldest temples in Sri Lanka, it has a huge statue of Buddha inside. This historical place will revitalise your journey ahead in Sri Lanka!
Take a tour of Sri Lanka's rich history at the Golden Cave Temple at Dambulla!
Day 3: Dambulla and Sigiriya are part of Srilanka's cultural triangle which are situated approximately 50 miles north of Kandy. Buses ply frequently to Dambulla which takes approximately 3 hrs from Kandy. You can ask the driver to drop you directly near the entrance of the Golden temple and Rock cut caves of Dambulla.