The Dambulla Cave Temple, located in Sri Lanka’s historically rich cultural hub is a popular attraction that draws many tourists and locals alike to climb up its stone steps and admire the beauty of an ancient temple inside a cave.
How to get there
If you’re staying at Pelwehera Village Resort or any of the other hotels in Dambulla, then check whether your hotel can arrange a transfer to and from the temple. If not, step outside and hop onto a tuk-tuk!
The cave temple was said to have been built under the reign of King Vattagamini Abhaya, also locally known as King Valagamba between 103 BC – 89-77 BC. After the invasion of the south Indians and the loss of his kingdom in Anuradhapura, the king sought refuge and hid inside the temple for 12 years.
There are 5 caves in Dambulla temple, each of them with a shrine room holding a number of statues of Buddha, about 150 images in total.
Good to know
Before visiting the cave temple, do keep in mind that visitors are required to be modestly dressed; i.e. your legs and shoulders should be covered. You are also requested to remove any footwear before walking inside the temple.
Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+