Dambulla in Sri Lanka

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General information about Dambulla

Золотой храм, Дамбулла Golden temple View photos in 3D

Dambulla (Dambulla, Dambulla) is a major city and tourist attraction (cave temple) in the Central province of Matale in Sri Lanka (see Dambulla map of Sri Lanka). Its Central location has made the city a major trading center. There are a lot of wholesale markets of agricultural products, due to which trading activity does not stop even with the coming of night.

Dambulla is a very popular place among tourists in Sri Lanka, and is better known not as a city but as a separate tourist attraction - "the Cave temples of Dambulla", which is also called "Golden temple of Dambulla". Most tourists visit the cave temples, which are included in the world heritage list of UNESCO in 1991, to tour or travel independently, not even stopping in the city.

However, the city has basic tourism infrastructure, which will allow you to hold here and if you want a couple of days, or just sleep, if you need to make a stop along the route. Dambulla can also be used as a base for visiting Sigiriya. Other reasons to visit the city of Dambulla, no. In the evening, do absolutely nothing, even hard to find where to eat.

How to get to Dambulla

In Dambulla can be reached by bus, rented transport or taxi.

The city is connected by bus lines with all major towns and cities "Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka" (Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Matale, Kandy), and a direct flight from Colombo. Buses run frequently and there is no need to buy tickets in advance: just come to the station and buy a ticket on the next flight. Night buses don't run.

Arrive and depart the bus from the city station (the station on the map). Her temple can be reached on foot in 20 minutes or take a tuk-tuk for 100 rupees. Some buses passing right outside the cave temple, and you can ask to drop you off there.

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Dambulla hotels, where to stay

Улица Дамбулла Street Dambulla

In Dambulla sufficient number of hotels, and at the entrance to the town is much larger than in the center. Many tourists prefer to stay close to local attractions – Cave temples. But it is worth considering that the hotels here are often filled.

Find and book accommodation in Dambulla can on these sites or via the search form. All sites have Russian interface and Russian-speaking customer support, numerous real guests reviews. And in Agoda and Booking are bonus system:

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Attractions Of Dambulla. What to see

  • The cave temples of Dambulla (Dambulla Cave Temples) and Golden temple of Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla)

    Пещерный храм, Дамбулла The territory of the cave temples of Dambulla

    Although the cave temples of Dambulla are constantly called by another name - the "Golden Temple", actually, it's two attractions, though they are close. Golden temple is at the foot of the mountain, and the cave temples of Dambulla is located on a mountain slope at an altitude of 100-160 meters. Both attractions included in the price of a single ticket.

    Golden temple is a modern structure, completely built only in 2000 with donations from the Japanese. In fact, this Museum, which contains numerous statues of Buddha. On the right side of the building of the Golden temple, a staircase leads to the roof, where a 30-metre statue of a sitting Buddha and two pavilions at the edges of the mini-stupas. It offers a panoramic view of the surroundings. To climb on the roof for free. But for access to the caves will have to pay 1500 rupees (refer to the currency of Sri Lanka, the exchange rate). For some of the oddities of the cash register, selling entrance tickets and the entrance to the cave temples separated. Moreover, the cash found at the bottom in a completely inconspicuous place (right behind the Golden temple) and the entrance to the temple at the top. So if you don't buy a ticket down in the temple you will not miss, and would have to descend.

    Пещерный храм, Дамбулла The cave temple of Dambulla

    Climb up to the Cave temples located on the left side of the Golden temple, takes about 10 minutes and is available to almost everyone. The main staircase about halfway splits into two, both will lead to the temples. On the way to the height offers beautiful views of the surroundings, and they even say that in clear weather you can see the rock of Sigiriya. Be careful there are a lot of monkeys (see how to behave with monkeys, precautions). Rising to the destination, be sure to remove your shoes and either leave in a special booth under the supervision of (25 rupees). Do not leave your shoes unattended, as it is likely to carry off monkeys. Clothing should also cover the shoulders and knees. Further, having input control (sometimes even check bags and backpacks), appears a series of temple halls carved in the rock.

    Another interesting place is the Museum of Buddhism. It is located downstairs in the building of the temple under the statue of the Buddha (entrance via main staircase), and visit it can be anyone. The cost of visiting the Museum is included in the ticket to the cave temples.

    The cave complex consists of five main temples, each of which is in a separate cave. All the caves are quite near on the same level:

    • Devaraja Viharaya (Devaraja Viharaya) with 14-meter statue of the reclining Buddha
    • Maharaja Viharaya (Maharaja Viharaya) - with a stupa surrounded by 11 statues of Buddha, murals
    • The Maha alut Viharaya (Maha Alut Viharaya) – lots of Buddha statues, frescoes on the walls and a statue of king Kirti Sri Rajasinha (1747-1782)
    • The pacoima River (Pachima Viharaya) with Dagoba, which became the object of attacks hunters
    • Devana alut Viharaya (Devana Alut Viharaya) - the new Church

    Unfortunately, the facilities inside are covered very poorly, therefore, to make good photos difficult. And the view is that, because some of the statues and frescoes have been preserved since the construction of the complex, and it is the first century BC.

    Пещерный храм, Дамбулла A vessel with the sacred water

    In the largest cave in the center is a container of water enclosed by a cage. Drops of water dripping from the cave ceiling, and gradually fill the container with water, which is then used during ceremonies. Water is considered sacred, because they tell that it goes up on the wall, and then accumulates on the ceiling and drips down.

    With the largest collection of Buddha statues and the largest cave temple in South Asia, Temples attracts huge number of tourists and pilgrims.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: $ 10 (1500 rupees), Parking for vehicles RS 50. As usual in Sri Lanka, about having to pay for Parking, you will learn only when you're ready to go.

    🕐 While working: 07:30 – 18:00, break at the box office from 12.30-13.00

    🚶 How to get: Cave temple on the map

  • Museum, Dambulla (Dambulla Museum)

    100 m South of the Golden temple of Dambulla, along the highway, houses a Museum. The main exhibits of the Museum of Dambulla replicas of the frescoes and rock paintings found in the territory of Sri Lanka, as well as pieces from the cave temples.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: adult RS 230 / 115 for children.

    🕐 While working: 07:30 – 16:30.

    🚶 How to get there: the Museum on the map

  • Ancient stupa in Dambulla somawathi Stupa

    Древняя ступа Dambulla Somawathi Stupa Ancient stupa in Dambulla somawathi Stupa

    To the West of the hill on which the Temple of Dambulla, the foot, the stupa is designated as somawathi Stupa surrounded by the unknown ruins of ancient buildings, and near another area with ruins. To determine the identity and age of these buildings failed, no explanation, and tablets not met, but archaeological excavations actively carried out to this day, and maybe soon this place will reveal some new secrets.

    This is a very interesting place especially for those who want to see what normally can not see most of the mass of tourists.

    🚶 How to get there: to get to this stupa, it is possible to walk down to the cave temples on the Western descent (stupa on the map). On a motorcycle or automobile you can drive right up to the stupa, if you use broken paved road to the left of the main entrance to Golden temple.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

  • Wholesale vegetable market in Dambulla

    Овощной рынок, Дамбулла Vegetable market, Dambulla

    If you are staying in Dambulla and really don't know what to do in the evening, you can go on a huge wholesale market. To do or buy nothing special here, but it might be interesting to see how things are done big business in Sri Lanka. This market is one of the largest in the region.

    🚶 How to get there: market on the map

Photos Of Dambulla

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 30 November, 2017
The site presents guides to Central cities and sites of Sri Lanka:
The cultural triangle
Adam's Peak
Forest Sinharaja
Nuwara Eliya
The guides will be supplemented.
In this topic you can ask questions and discuss travelling to these places. Changes to the guides are appreciated :SUPER ...
Competent 5 January, 2018
Correct though Pinnawella at Pinnawala. In English, too. ...
admin 5 January, 2018

Thanks for noticing. As it turns out, the first time for you to remember and pronounce then. It was also with Polonnaruwa-Polonnaruwa for a long time myself retrained. ...
AMN Oct 10, 2018
Assalamu Alaikum.
I would like to ask. can I find in Sri Lanka Halal food
thank you.
and sorry for the mistakes ...
admin October, 10, 2018

Hello! Yes, I can, but this kitchen is not very widespread. Looking for Muslim hotels, if they operate such restaurants. ...
Павел112244466 11 November, 2018
Here you write "you can still get from Matara to Bandarawela" what kind of bus? What's the number? As he goes ?? If you write a guide, write all the information or just certain. ...
helka November 19, 2018
Good day, tell me whether in Polonnaruwa storage or where to leave bags if you arrive there in the morning, walk around the Ancient city, and then go by bus to Kandy. ...
admin 19 November, 2018

Not sure what injury is there. Rather rather sure that they are not, because there is the entrance and ticket control on-street storage no. Maybe there is something in the office selling tickets, but it is unlikely that the Sri Lankans before this would have thought of. If you really look for a place where to leave things, it is best to railway station so should be storage, as on all other stations. Well, in case you can try to negotiate for a nominal amount of staff offices for the sale of tickets or to go into the first hotel and the clerk to negotiate. The last version working and tested 100%.
And generally I on your place would think if you can master this route without lodging. I can understand if it's a tour or car with driver. But to come in a new strange city, to find a place where to leave your Luggage, find the cashier, to get to the entrance, navigate through the vast territory... besides, you need something to get around distances. Will have to find a tuk-tuk for the whole day. IMHO, knowing how difficult travel in hot countries, I would come in the evening, slept, and bright and early the next day I began to explore the Park. ...
helka December 2, 2018
Thank you very much for the reply. The fact that we were coming and so in the morning, so will spend the night in Dambulla, and was planning to rent a tuk tuk for the whole day.
About things have already booked a cheap guest house, where they leave it at that. )) And I hope the night will be in Kandy, because if you come to Polonnaruwa in 10 hours then to 16 hours the time I think that would be enough to see the most important thing, especially on a tuk tuk. ...
admin December 2, 2018

Well, in principle Yes, 6 hours on a tuk-tuk. Determine for yourself the most important thing to look at. I hope our guide to Polonnaruwa read. ...