Things To Do in Dambulla

Dambulla is yet another place you must not miss when you are at Ulagalla. A cave temple carved out of solid rock where Buddhist ascetics once resided, is the main attraction of Dambulla.

The splendour of the temple lies mainly in the sheer expanse of Buddha statues and elaborate artwork that fill the cave from end-to-end. Since this is regarded as a holy place, you need to ensure that you maintain respect and decorum on your visit.

Dambulla Rock Temple has history etched in every inch and is perched on a rock approximately 600 ft above the plain. There is much to be learned about the rich history and culture of the island within these walls. Take a Dambulla tour and walk past paintings and sculptures that are displayed in the temple. It is a labyrinth consisting of five interwoven caves, each with its own persona and an interesting story.

As history records, Dambulla is a city that has been frequented by many of Sri Lanka’s Kings as they sought refuge and advice from the hermits that lived within the temple walls. Some have contributed towards the construction of many of its statues as an act of gratitude and respect. This is noted down in detail in history books. Dambulla is an extremely peaceful place to visit with the gentle swishes of the Bo trees accentuating tranquillity and mindfulness which would in turn, mark the perfect end to your day.

As a hotel near Dambulla, Ulagalla by Uga Escapes offers tours to visit this ancient city as well.

  • Details of the tour are as follows:
  • Time of departure: Best time is in the morning, after 7.00 a.m.
  • Duration: 3-4 hours depending on the guest
  • Distance: 45 km from Ulagalla and transportation up and down; around 90km

Tour inclusions: Visit the Dambulla Golden Rock Temple, guide fees at Dambulla, picnic pack (includes fresh juice picnic box with choice of two sweet or savoury pastries and water), a guide from the hotel

What to bring/wear: Comfortable, cool clothes which are suitable for hiking and a temple visit, a sunhat, gym shoes, your camera

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