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The earliest cave temples at Dambulla are thought to date back to the first century BC but successive kings added to them over the years to form the present complex of five separate cave temples.

Images of Buddha

Today they contain around 150 images of Buddha including a colossal 52 metre long reclining Buddha in the largest cave.

Pilgrimage site

Buddha statues in the Dambulla Cave TemplesAs well as being a historic monument, the temples are also a pilgrimage site: the experience is even more atmospheric as you mingle with devotees placing symbolic offerings in the laps of the Buddhas, the scent of incense hanging in the air.

The caves at Dambulla are located within The Cultural Triangle and can be easily visited either from Sigiriya or en route from the hill country.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Dambulla

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Dambulla, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Dambulla

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    Places near Dambulla

    Accommodation choices for Dambulla

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Dambulla. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Amaya Lake, Dambulla

      Amaya Lake

      Medium

      This large hotel complex is set in spacious grounds sloping down to Kandalama Lake, with dramatic hills forming a scenic backdrop. Accommodation is in air-conditioned chalets or eco-lodges, traditional cottages with walls and floors of packed mud.

    • Lake Lodge, Kandalama

      Lake Lodge

      Medium

      Lake Lodge is an attractive boutique property with superb views over the Dambulla hills and Kandalama reservoir.