Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Member Reviews (12)
- Golden Temple of DambullaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Aug 14, 2013
The Buddhist cave temples of Dambulla are pretty interesting and worth a stop. Arriving at the top of a 150-meter vertical climb only to be told you should have bought a $13 dollar ticket (while all Sri Lankan citizens are walking in free) at the bottom is a buzz kill. There are no signs telling you that you need to purchase a ticket at the bottom.
- Golden Temple of DambullaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jan 18, 2013
Really unique - lots of mini statues of Buddha built within caves. Amazing place to get some really cool photo shots. Make sure to do the hike up to the top - stunning views of the neighboring landscape.
- Golden Temple of DambullaDec 02, 2012
I went to golden temple of Dambulla a long time ago as a child and regarded it as a total bore. I climbed up the hill (it gets very hot in the summer) and once you get into the entrance of the temple you have to take your flip-flops off (you will learn to run towards the shade).
Inside you will find four chambers each with many statues of Buddha purportedly build by monks as they took refuge under this rock.
On my third visit, I knew that this cave bores a clear resemblance to the christian paintings you'd find in an art museum in Madrid. Iteration will give you excellence. This must have been a ritual practice and moreso a way to pass time as these monks took refuge from the chaos the kingdom was facing in this time period.