Little bit about Dambulla Golden Cave Temple
The largest and best-preserved cave temple in Sri Lanka, is one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. There are at least 80 caves in the surrounding area and major attractions are spread over 5 caves. It is believed that King Valagamba of Anuradhapura era converted the caves into a temple and preserved its best. Many other kings added to it later and the temple turned to be a major religious centre. The King Nissanka Malla of Polonnaruwa era gilded the caves and beautified it more. These caves hold about 153 statues and numerous paintings depicting the life history of Lord Buddha. It is believed that prehistoric Sri Lankans would have lived about 2700 years ago in these cave complexes before it being converted as a temple by the kings.
Things to know before you go
- Ticket office at the bottom, so make sure that you buy a ticket before climb up
- Best time to visit are morning or afternoon hours to avoid the heat
- Climb could be tough for some visitors. So make sure that you are physically ready for it