Tour Dambulla

Tour Dambulla

Dambulla is a situated in the north of Matale District. furthermore it is in Central Province of Sri Lanka.  It is 148 km from Dambulla to colombo. Dambulla is the center of vegetable distribution in the country. Then is there any special reason to tour Dambulla? Yes it is call Dambulla cave temple.  additionally Golden Temple of Dambulla is another name for Dambulla cave temple. Also know as Dambulla Rock Temple. Locally calls it “Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple”. Even more Sinhalese called it “Dambulu Gala”. Mainly you can see five caves in you dambulla tour. Three of them are Devarajalena, Maharajalena and the Maha Alut Viharaya built by King Vattagamini Abhaya. Other two  is, The paścima(Paccima =post) Viharaya and The Devana Alut Viharaya.

Dambulla cave temple
Dambulla cave temple (Photo credit goes to

Frequently asked questions within you Dambulla Tour

  1. Are there any other names for Dambulla cave temple?

    Mainly it has five names as below.
    1. Golden Temple of Dambulla
    2. Dambulla cave temple
    3. Dambulla Rock Temple
    4. Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple
    5. Dambulu Gala

  2. What to see in Dambulla sri lanka?

    Mainly Dambulla cave temple. And also following things can see on your Dumbulla tour.
    1. Dambulla Cave Temple
    2. Sigiriya Rock
    3. Minneriya National Park
    4. Buddhist Museum
    5. Pidurangala Rock
    6. Popham’s Arboretum
    7. Traditional Foods Sales Centre
    8. Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre
    9. Kalu Diya Pokuna

  3. How to get to Dambulla cave temple?

    It is approximately 160Km.

  4. Is Dambulla worth visiting?

    Yes Absolutely.

  5. Is it better to stay in Dambulla or Sigiriya?

    Both places are better.

  6. Where to stay in Dambulla to visit Golden Temple of Dambulla?

    There are lot of places to stay. You can see the list of hotel in here.  Most of them are near to the cave temple and have great services and staff.

  7. How far Anuradhapura to Dambulla?

    It is approximately 65Km.

  8. How far from Dambulla to Polonnaruwa?

    It is approximately 80Km.

  9. How far is the trip from Dambulla to Sigiriya?

    It is approximately 20Km.

  10. How long does it take to climb Dambulla caves temple?

    It only takes 1 hour.

  11. How long to spend at Dambulla caves?

    More than 3 hours.

  12. Where is the ticket counter Golden Temple of Dambulla?

    The ticket office at the beginning of the stairs. Of course buy your ticket as the first task. You cannot buy your ticket at the top/entrance to the caves.

  13. How much does it cost for ticket in  Dambulla cave temple ?

    LKR 1500/- The ticket office at the beginning of the stairs. Remember buy ticket as your first task

  14. What can do in  Dambulla cave temple?

    1. Cave temple rcok climb
    2. You can worship peacefully
    2. Sightseeing
    3. Photography
    4. Additionally can learn the historical and archaeological significance

  15. What is the dress code for Dambulla cave temple?

    No shots . Make sure you hide your knees or else you will be given a sarong

  16. How many caves are there in Dambulla cave temple ?

    Five caves.

  17. What are the thing that you need to make your high attention?

    The monkeys are all around please protect your food.

  18. At what time Dambulla cave temple open for tours?

    Temple opens at 7:00AM

  19. How many step you need to climb to see top of the cave temple?

    It is about is about 350 steps.

  20. How old is the Dambulla Cave Temple?

    Temple is around 2000 years old,

  21. What is the best time to visit Dambulla Cave Temple?

    There isn’t any specific season for tour Dambulla . You can visit any time to Dambulla .



History of Dambulla cave temple

King Vattagamini  Abhaya is the first person started this temple. Also known as King Valagamba. He escaped from Anuradhapura Kingdom due to South Indian invasion.  Then King Valagamba was in hiding and used frequented these caves for his safety. After 12 years, defeating South Indian invasion he became again king of Sri Lanka. He has been showed his gratefulness by converting caves into buddhist temple. Identically Dambulla cave temple is the one of the important places that he built.

After King Vattagamini  Abaya, There was not any supported from other kings until king Vijayabahu(1055-1110 AD) for this temple. likewise King Keerthi Sri Nissankamalla (1187-1196 AD)has given his support to build many other Buddha images and paint those 73 buddha images from gold color. That is the reason for naming it as Golden Temple of Dambulla.

Importance of visiting Dambulla cave temple

Largest Rock Cave Temple in Sri Lanka. 600 feet high Rock has used to build a Dambulla Rock Temple. It is in 1118 feet from the sea level. Approximately it is 2000 feet in length. It has Buddha Images and Rock Paintings. Dambulla cave temple constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC. As mentioned in previous, Mainly there are three caves.

five Caves Dambulla
five Caves Dambulla. photo credit goes to
  • Cave #1 – The Devarajalena Vihara – This is the first Cave in the temple. It is also called as “the Lord of the Gods Temple”. There is a large Sleeping posture Buddha statue. it is 45 feet length. It is called the Parinirvana status or the final passing away of the Lord Buddha. There is another statue called Venerable Ananda.


  • Cave #2 – The Maharaja Lena – Second Cave in the temple called “The Maharaja Lena” also known as  The Cave of ‘ Great Kings ‘. In this cave you can find King Valagamba and King Nissankamalla statues. This cave is 125 ft long and 75 feet width and has a maximum height of 21 feet by the entrance to the cave.


  • Cave #3 – The Maha Alut Viharaya – Third Cave you can see in this temple. Another name is The Cave of ‘ Great New Temple’. This is involved to Kandyan era. and also built by the King Kirti Sri Rajasinha. This cave is about 90 feet in length, 80 feet in width and is about 36 feet high near the entrance wall.


  • Cave #4  – The Paścima (Paccima =post) Viharaya – The Cave of ‘ Western Temple’ can use to introduce this cave. This cave is about 50 feet in length and 27 feet in width. and situated in western side. you can see seated Buddha image.A small dageba is there. There are ten Buddha statue in same size.


  • Cave #5  – The Devana Alut Viharaya– This is newly built one and it also called The Cave of ‘ Second New Temple’. You can see many standing and seated Buddha images. This is the smallest cave on there.


Tour Dambulla

Dambulla cave temple is Historic ancient temple. furthermore Great ancient rock temple and likewise all the caves are fully painted. The big Buddha statue has built in recently. Also it is situated in the entrance. So All of you are welcome to Sri Lanka, equally make sure to do a tour to Damublla.

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Average rating: 4.7
B. Heenkenda

When you visit here you can see Sigiriya and Pidurangala at the same time.

martin henrich

Really a beautiful place. The Cave Tempels are very interesting and please dont feed the monkeys.

Srilankan Travelgraphy (ගයියා)

Located in central Sri Lanka, the Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple is a living Buddhist site that is focused on a series of five cave shrines. Inhabited by forest-dwelling Buddhist monks since the 3rd century BCE, these natural caves have been transformed continuously throughout the historical period into one of the largest and most outstanding Buddhist complexes in the Southern and South Eastern Asian region,

Harsha Jayathilaka

Dambulla Cave Temple has been a sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, with its five sanctuaries, is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 m2 ) are of particular importance, as are the 157 statues.

Dilshan Randeer Ilangasinghe

Ancient Historical Page, Very Clean and Calm! Be aware while climbing stairs! Also Should keep your safety From Monkeys! They are Always looking something to eat


Buddhist worship place. Big rock climbing. Nice experience. Good environment.

Khushboo Joshi

Rightly called as A UNESCO heritage site, the cave is extremely beautiful. You need to climb a bit inorder to reach the site; enjoy the beautiful view while climbing too. While you enter, Youll see huge cave to enter, inside which there is beautifully maintained and preserved some buddha statues and paintings, explaining the significant stages of Buddhism and Buddha itself. Also, you need to make sure that you are fully covered, no shorts, no half pant allowed.

Hoai Trinh

It’s a nice weekend with the Golgi Tec team to visit this place, when you reach there the very first thing you see is the huge golden statue. Follow the walking road to go to the rock, up there it is a small temple but if you are a foreigner you should buy a ticket at the entrance gate before you go up there otherwise you can’t go inside.

Jared R

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Supun Chathuranga

Dambulla Royal Cave Temple is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka. And the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160M over the surrounding plains. There are 5 main caves in this area and 5 caves combine have more 150 statues of Lord Buddha. Apart from statues there are also paintings on wall. The cave is around 2000 years old but still fully functional and well preserved.

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