Golden Temple of Dambulla
Golden Temple of Dambulla
4.5
6:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 7:15 PM
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Kandy - Jaffna Hwy, Dambulla 21100 Sri Lanka
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  • HHess
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dont buy flowers, they throw them straight away
    Entrace for foreigners is LRK 2000 per person. They are selling lotus flowers that you can buy and leave at the temple. Dont do it - we bought them and maybe after 10min, they threw them away, in front of our eyes! So disrespectful. The staff were not friendly, asking money everywhere you go. However the temple is beautiful and worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Golden Dambulla Temple
    Rangiri Dambulla Golden Temple is a temple with a big gold statue of Buddha. It is just downhill from the Dambulla Cave Temple. It was built from 1998-2001 and made with concrete and bricks plated with gold. It is the largest Buddha in the world. There is a Buddhism museum underneath the Golden Buddha statue
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Vasantha D
    61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A superbly preserved temple with amazing murals and statues dating back to 11th century BC
    I was visiting Sri Lanka to see family with my ternage childen and wanted hr children to see Sri Lankan Heritage. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and although most people give prominence to the huge golden buddha statue, it is the caves and the statues and the 2100 sqm of murals inside the caves that are most significant and magnificent. The caves date bavk to 1-2 centuries BC snd have been major religious site since 11th century BC. The statues snd the details of murals are mesmerising and amazingly detailed for such ancient times, almost unimaginable. Well worth a visit. Entrance fee is only about £5/-. There's many vendors akong the way who may seem pestering and money grabbing, trying to sell flowers, food etc. Please be mindful that majority of people here struggle to make ends meet and a few pence go a long way in their lives. 🙏🏽
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Matthew P
    Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom784 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Miss This For The World
    Awesome Buddhist temple a short hike up an easy set of steps largely under the shade of the over hanging jungle plans. Great views from the top and once in the temple such an amazing plethora of buddhist statues and cave paintings. In all there are 5 caves all dedicated to Buddah with so many interesting things to see. As thisis a temple you must ensure that you have clothing that covers upper arms and shoulders as well as knee's as without this level of respectfullness entry wouldn't be permitted.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Nik
    Singapore, Singapore37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sri Lanka's Spiritual Heritage
    Dambulla Cave Temple offers a mesmerizing blend of ancient art, history, and spirituality. The intricate cave paintings and statues provide a glimpse into Sri Lanka's rich heritage. The climb to the temple is rewarding, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. A must-visit for anyone traveling to Sri Lanka to experience its cultural depth.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 January 2024
  • Akshay Sharma
    New Delhi, India11,101 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit place while in Sri Lanka
    This temple is a live one with many active devotees visiting this place to offer prayers. It takes about 400 steps to climb to the top. In side there are beautiful painting and Buddha in a sleeping pose. The atmosphere inside is very pleasant and one can offer lotus flowers being sold outside. During day time the floor can get pretty hot to walk barefoot. Authorities must lay a jute carpet as is being done in other parts of the world.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 March 2024
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Shirlene o
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Wonderful architecture and history attached to site
Fun watching the monkeys throwing magi’s down from the tree
Easy to find right on main road
Written 22 April 2024
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Akshay Sharma
New Delhi, India11,101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This temple is a live one with many active devotees visiting this place to offer prayers. It takes about 400 steps to climb to the top. In side there are beautiful painting and Buddha in a sleeping pose. The atmosphere inside is very pleasant and one can offer lotus flowers being sold outside. During day time the floor can get pretty hot to walk barefoot. Authorities must lay a jute carpet as is being done in other parts of the world.
Written 17 March 2024
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Stu151
Wickford, UK1,770 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Dambulla Cave Temple offers a blend of ancient art, history, and spirituality, and as such provide a glimpse of how important religion in what is basically a very poor country.

There is reasonably steep climb to the caves, of say 1 km - so you need to be reasonably fit given the heat. The climb isn't for the elderly to be honest.

It was very, very crowded when we were there (mid day on a week day).

Am I glad we saw it - yes. Is it one of the highlights of our Sri Lanka holiday - no
Written 19 February 2024
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monika100
wien29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
It’s absolutely Amazing. It should definitely be on your list of places to visit. Easy to get to with tuk tuk from Bandulla.
Written 4 February 2024
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Nik
Singapore, Singapore37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Dambulla Cave Temple offers a mesmerizing blend of ancient art, history, and spirituality. The intricate cave paintings and statues provide a glimpse into Sri Lanka's rich heritage. The climb to the temple is rewarding, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. A must-visit for anyone traveling to Sri Lanka to experience its cultural depth.
Written 10 January 2024
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seema60
Toronto, Canada924 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Beautiful cave temple behind the Golden Buddha museum. I found the entire complex very impressive especially at the top. It is well worth the visit being a UNESCO heritage site
Written 30 December 2023
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Sheffview
Sheffield, UK701 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The Golden Budda at the bottom of the temple caves is certainly impressive. That said around it there wasn't a lot of atmosphere and seemed more of an attraction than spiritual place.
Next door is a local TV building which seems to attract scores of monkey's who cross from trees using the overhead cables.
Written 15 December 2023
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Matthew P
Brighton and Hove, UK784 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Awesome Buddhist temple a short hike up an easy set of steps largely under the shade of the over hanging jungle plans. Great views from the top and once in the temple such an amazing plethora of buddhist statues and cave paintings. In all there are 5 caves all dedicated to Buddah with so many interesting things to see. As thisis a temple you must ensure that you have clothing that covers upper arms and shoulders as well as knee's as without this level of respectfullness entry wouldn't be permitted.
Written 21 November 2023
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Vasantha D
61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
I was visiting Sri Lanka to see family with my ternage childen and wanted hr children to see Sri Lankan Heritage. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and although most people give prominence to the huge golden buddha statue, it is the caves and the statues and the 2100 sqm of murals inside the caves that are most significant and magnificent. The caves date bavk to 1-2 centuries BC snd have been major religious site since 11th century BC. The statues snd the details of murals are mesmerising and amazingly detailed for such ancient times, almost unimaginable. Well worth a visit. Entrance fee is only about £5/-. There's many vendors akong the way who may seem pestering and money grabbing, trying to sell flowers, food etc. Please be mindful that majority of people here struggle to make ends meet and a few pence go a long way in their lives. 🙏🏽
Written 18 November 2023
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jeff1955malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia6,158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
As we were driving from the Dambulla Cave temple towards the city, we passed another buddhist temple which had a Golden Buddha Statue in the front.
Written 31 October 2023
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