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The Golden Cave Temple is a cave-temple complex that dates back before the 2nd century. It is a religious site that is significant to buddhist and hindu faiths.
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Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
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+94 71 656 5000
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All reviewscave templesri lankaworth the climbticket officeworth a visityour feetremove your shoeswell worth the effortlong walkentrance feeguide bookbe carefulnice viewtake your timeworld heritage siteceiling paintingslion rock
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Reviewed yesterday

Charming place, so full of history! The interior of the caves is beautiful decorated. We also hired a guide and it was a good decision because he knew some cool facts about the temple. They have a place where you can rent a sarung to...More

Thank Loredana B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Don’t miss this attraction it is a world heritage site. You will visit four caves foiled with Buddha’s and amazing wall and ceiling pairings. The place is awesome!

Thank esopus35
Reviewed 2 days ago

The ancient frescoes, and many golden statues of Buddha are well worth a look. The background provided by our guide was a help in understanding what we were seeing.

Thank mseddon17
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is one of the best places that you must visit if you are in Dambulla. Ancient rock carvings and much historical significance. Make sure that you dress to the occasion by covering your knees (for gents) and covering your knees and shoulders (for ladies)....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice to do, a bit a climb, upstairs you have to give your shoos in a guard house cost 25 r. inside nice Relics. The view is good.

Thank Benny V
Reviewed 1 week ago

After climbing Lion Rock in the morning the 300 or so stairs was no difficulty. The caves are well worth the visit and it pays to have a guide who can explain the various caves and differing ages of the paintings and statues to gain...More

Thank BusinessBear
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is just a gem!! The statues, frescoes, paintings and location make it all so spectacular and just wonderful. We had not planned this as part of our tour and our driver insisted on taking us. A true gift as the children really loved it...More

Thank Elena S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We climbed Dhambulla rock to reach this historic Budhist Temple, where King Walagamba organized his army to reunite the country. The old paintings and status are still protected and has stories behind each statue. One of the wonders is water travels upwards on the rock...More

Thank H Chamath F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went in the early morning with a cool breeze. Very calm relaxing place with not to many tourists. The budas are well preserved and are five rooms are very beautifull.

Thank Vera S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Okay so this is a bit of a trek up a hill with steps, but you are rewarded at the top by a world heritage site. Photos on the internet will give you a flavour, but to be in the site which isn’t overrun with...More

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jessymecherkany
11 July 2018|
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Response from Marius B | Reviewed this property |
It is quite cheap.1500 rupees per person and this place working everyday and your outfit should be according buddish rules.
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Rosaa_08
4 June 2018|
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Response from Combit | Reviewed this property |
Caps and head scarfs are not allowed in the golden cave temple. Apart from that you cannot expose your shoulders and knees, which need to be covered. Shoes are to be left out for which you need to pay SLR 25 per pair. If you... More
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20 July 2017|
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Response from mayaadler2 | Reviewed this property |
sorry for my late reply , there is no elevetor or cable car to the cave temple
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