The Dambulla Cave Temple - Sri Lanka

Discover The Dambulla Cave Temple

The Dambulla Cave Temple, Sri Lanka’s largest and best-preserved cave-temple complex, has been a treasured pilgrimage site for 22 centuries. There are noteworthy Buddhist murals covering 2,100 m2 and 157 statues in this subterranean monastery with five sanctuaries.

Since the 3rd century BC, forest-dwelling Buddhist monks have lived on this Buddhist site. With their unique internal architecture and décor, these natural caves have evolved into one of the largest and most impressive Buddhist complexes in the Southern and South-Eastern Asian region.

The cave shrines are differentiated by their sculpture and mural paintings that lead devotees systematically through the spaces from one ritual function to the next. Both a Protected Monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dambulla is owned by the Asgiriya Chapter of Buddhist monks.

Things to do in Dambulla Cave Temple

Some of the great things you can enjoy at Dambulla Cave Temple include:

  • Marvel at this well-preserved ancient temple complex
  • Admire the Buddhist murals and statues
  • Follow the ritual journey as you make your way through the series of cave shrines

The best way to see Dambulla Cave Temple

If you would like to visit Dambulla Cave Temple, why not take a look at one of our wonderful ATOL and ABTA protected holidays?  Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and the tours mentioned are just examples to help inspire you.

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