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Dambulla Sri Lanka
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Dambulla

A historic and religious site, Dambulla hosts five richly decorated caves. They form a troglodyte temple and hold no less than 150 statues of the Buddha. Access to the temple is not easy. You will have to cross a tiny rock wall whose steepest part is fitted with a couple of makeshift steps. The temple is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Dambulla , Sri Lanka
A stone procession

Buddhist monk statues carved out of stone lead to the monastery.

© Lyubov Timofeyeva / age fotostock
Dambulla , Sri Lanka

The statues carry offerings. They come in different forms, including flowers, food, etc.

Tykhyi / 123RF
Dambulla , Sri Lanka
The monastery of Dambulla

The monastery, which contains five sanctuaries, is 22 centuries old. It is the best preserved cave temple in Sri Lanka.

Dmitry Naumov / 123RF
Dambulla , Sri Lanka
The statues of Dambulla

The monastery as a whole has no less than 157 statues.

Viacheslav Khmelnitskiy / 123RF
Dambulla , Sri Lanka
The wall paintings in the Dambulla cave templ

The site is also remarkable for its wall paintings covering a total area of 2,100m.

Arvind Balaraman / 123RF
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