Dambulla and the Cave Temple.
Dambulla presents an opportunity for you to visit prehistoric Sri Lanka through its ancient attractions. The town dates back as early as the 7th to 3rd century BC, proven by archaeological findings in the area.
The main attraction here is the Golden Temple of Dambulla, also known as the Dambulla Cave Temple. This exquisite site has been a place of homage for over 2000 years and is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. This enormous site has more than 80 documented caves, each bearing its own importance.
Archaeological and preservation efforts discovered numerous statues and paintings relating to Lord Buddha and his life, particularly in the 5 major caves.
Within the complex, visitors can also stopover at the Dambulla cave monastery, a fully functional monastery dating back to over 2000 years ago.
Many regard this as one of the best conserved ancient dwellings in Sri Lanka, if not in the world. As visitors access the 5 major caves, they are also able to have panoramic views of the surroundings including the Lion Rock in Sigiriya, some 19 kilometres away.
A few kilometers from town there is the Ibbankatuwa Prehistoric burial site. Human skeletons from 2700 years ago were found here, proving the existence of civilisations in this area long before the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
Dambulla is perfect for a short trip away from a bustling city, to enjoy nature as well as experience ancient Sri Lanka.