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Address: Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 66 2 283606
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It definately worthed climing the 364 steps. To enter the temple we had to take off our shoes. It is said to be one of the most impressive buddhist temples, and it really is. For... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

It definately worthed climing the 364 steps. To enter the temple we had to take off our shoes. It is said to be one of the most impressive buddhist temples, and it really is. For me, the statues in all caves (some with enourmous size) show the kings' gratitude and respection to the buddhist monks, which impressed me the most.

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Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

I was a bit disappointed to climb up the hill because I was under the impression it was going to be a cave-like experience. But it was like well organized caves. The paintings and statues inside the caves were indeed beautiful. It is an expensive ticket for what you see up the hill but SAARC countries get 50% discount so... More 

Thank Sarah_Kaushik
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015 via mobile

If you visited a lot of temples already, this is not worth a visit. It's quite expensive (12 dollar, 10 euros) and it's includes only four caves of duplicated statues. The view is nice, but you can see the view without paying. Do go see the Golden Buddha statue, that one is beautiful and free to visit.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015

The walk up to the Monastery is enjoyable in itself. There are a few stalls half way up with water, clothes and souvenirs. There are also lots of monkeys around, so watch you have no food as they will steal it. There's a peaceful and spiritual vibe in each cave which you feel when walking around and it's quite something... More 

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015

Its a really amazing place to travel to and visit for a few hours. Buddha statues are very well maintained, and gives us an insight into the various Buddhist tradition. Its a must visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

We loved these cave temples, quite awesome and lots of history. You can visit the indoor museum first then take the walk up hill to the cave temples. There are 5 cave temples in all but only 3 were open to the public, and the statues are amazing. Like all sacred places in Sri Lanka you must remove shoes (but... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

The amount of work put into these caves must have taken them years. Its a must when visiting Sri Lanka. Amazing place. You hike all the way up and at the top before you go in you can pay to leave your shoes or just put them in your bag. Bring socks as the run in the sun on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

Besides being a nice walk through the jungle leading to the temple, the site itself is mind-blowingly beautiful. Around 150 Buddha statues, hidden in caves in the mountain.

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Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

Buddhist ancient cave temple ...Dambulla is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka but the ambient was going fade due to the haphazard development around the temple

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015

Excellent place to relief mind and unite mind... calm .. quite and good place to meditate. It is a Buddhist temple and this cave is hundreds years old. Very coulouful statutes and arts inside the cave. A natural cave converted to a temple by ancestors. Very nice place and a historic place to visit. from up on the mountain, you... More 

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