Places to Visit in Dambulla

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Sri lanka the land with strong Mythological and political connections reminds us of a country that has almost everything to its credit for a nature lover and adventure to cherish for in the travel diary. It is an island in the Indian ocean situated in the south east tip of the Indian peninsula. The country therefore enjoys a warm, tropical and warm climate. From being a host to ravishing beaches, high mountains and tropical forests this land definitely looks as though God simply loved art while creating this country.

Let us travel through Dambulla to get a feel of this beautiful cultural hub of the island Nation. Dambulla in Sri Lanka is located in Matale district about 148 km north of Colombo.

Dambulla Caves

The cave temple in Dambulla is the highlight of this place. Dambulla sports the huge rock which sizes more than 160 meters above the land area. The walls of the cave reflects the rich Sinhalese culture and Buddha life history. It is a sight worth watching to see the Buddha statue and the plastic monks at the base of the Cave temple. Some captivating places in Dambulla for travellers are the Iron wood forest and Rose Quartz Mountain. The mountains are believed to be more than 500 million years old. Therefore it is rich in quartz mineral deposits. The quartz stone comes of magnificent colours of red, white and violet. The temple complex alone has 80 caves. The largest cave measures 23 meters in the entrance and stands 7 meters tall at the highest point. The Buddha statue is the main source of attraction here. The second cave is the most impressive as it houses almost 150 statues reflecting the Mahayana tradition on Buddhism.

Golden Cave temple

The main attraction here is the high seated golden Buddha statue that looks huge to fill up the environment with serenity and astonishment.

Iron wood forest

This forest was supposedly created in the 10th century. The Iron Wood forest is a perfect fascination for adventurers as they can get lot of fascinating trek through the thick forests. The forest has rich ecological significance.


Sigiriya is close to Dambulla and is paradise for walkers. People can take a pleasant stroll through the rock gardens. As you trek through, you can see the mirrored walls that are not mirrors but polished plaster that reflects light. Then comes the enchanting Lion staircase which has lion claws carved at its foot. Sigiriya and Dambulla re nominated as the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The topography of this place is completely flat with a huge rock near the fortress. The special feature of this rock is that it has a flat top and reminds us of an ancient connection in which it was used as King Kashyapa‘s fortess. The ruins that are found today take us back to history.

You can also enjoy an elephant ride during the Dambulla trip. This is something people of all ages love to do.