Dambulla Cave Temple can be reached by moving from Kandy alongside the A9 highway road which goes up over Dambulla and Anuradhapura, or straight from Colombo. Sited at 1118 feet height from the sea level, the Dambulla upsurges as a giant rock from the neighbouring grasslands of Dambulla. It is home to the World’s greatest much-admired Cave composite of magnificent Buddha Imageries and Rock Oil paintings of bright colours and figures created and dyed from around the 2nd Century BC and persistent up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century, therefore founding a continuous line of history and painting styles of Sri Lanka through 2500 years.
Visit the main and best-preserved cave temple compound in the country, the Golden Temple of Dambulla, a UNESCO World Heritage Place. This splendid hanging rock temple lofty 600 ft tall and near to 2000 ft in extent was where King Vattagamini Abaya acquired shelter from the foreign attack in the first century BCE, who out of thankfulness for having provided refuge revolved the cave compound into a rock temple. Stroll up the grade of the Dambulla Rock; be received by crowds of wild monkeys as they sit behind the fenced wall and talk loudly, be enthralled by the picturesque view of the surrounding areas and sight of the Sigiriya Rock – as it growths up to the sky.
There are 80 acknowledged Caves in the locality of the Golden Temple of which five own the greatest appeal with its beautiful archaeological structures; traditional mural paintings on the roof and walls portraying the life of the Buddha along with 157 Buddha figures of variable sizes amid other exciting artefacts.
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