Led by your host, explore the best preserved cave temple complex on the island, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.
There are over 80 caves in the surrounding area, however these are filled with religious paintings that follow the curvature of the rock, overhanging rocks inside create a drip line to keep artwork dry – a traditional technique. As you walk the path to the caves, appreciate panoramic views of the surrounding flat lands. Complexes like this were originally prehistoric dwellings before ancient kings donated them to Buddhist Monks. They served as homes until their decoration as shrine halls. Of the five you will see, there are three main caves, divine king (14m Buddha), great kings (largest) and great new monastery (50 Buddha statues).
- Explore a collection of five cave temples – the “Golden Temple of Dambulla”
- Largest Sri Lankan cave temple complex, housing 153 statues and 2,100sqm of murals
- A great option after a visit to Sigiriya rock fortress, just a 30-minute drive away
Includes: Host, sarongs, socks, water
Duration: 2 Hours
Season: all year