3. Golden Rock Temple - This temple is also called as Dambulla cave temple which has a beautiful structure inside out. This temple is Located in Dambulla. This historic place has a pleasing story related to Gautama Buddha and his life. The Dambulla cave monastery is still functional and remains the best-preserved ancient structure in Sri Lanka.
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)