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Dambulla cave temple is one of the major Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. When we passing Dambulla we can visit this temple. Temple has two main parts. One is the old Cave temple and the other one, the new one, is the Golden Temple. To reach Old Temple we have to climb 364 steps. Anyway, lets’ take a look at the historical background of this amazing Dambulla cave temple.

History of Dambulla Cave Temple

Temple is very old at the first. History of this temple dates back to 100 BC. Thanks to the thought of the King Walagamba started to deveop Dambulla cave temple. According to the historic records this temple started from Anuradhapura era. Furthermore the cave temple alternated its structure during Polonnaruwa era and Kingdom of Kandy. UNESCO named this place as a World Heritage Site in 2003.

Five Caves of Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla cave temple has five caves. Name of the first cave is “Cave of the Divine King”. It has a 14m statue of Lord Buddha. Second cave is the largest one. It has more Lord Buddha statues and statues of some other icons. So, this cave is the “Cave of the Great Kings”. Third cave is “Great New Monastery”. In addition to those three caves there are two another caves. Altogether five cave have total of 157 statues. Fourth cave is “Western Temple” and the fifth cave is “Second New Temple”.

Other Specifications

A visitor can see fine timber carvings here. And the world famous water dripping. In detail the water dripping into a copper pot drop by drop. This dripping never stops but pot will never overflow.

Tours cover Dambulla Cave Temple

Here we are showing some Dambulla Cave Temple visiting tour itineraries below. If you like to visit Dambulla Cave Temple on any other tour in Sri Lanka we can arrange a customize tour for you.

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