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Step Inside Sri Lanka’s Cave of Temples

The town of Dambulla in Sri Lanka is home to the largest cave complex in the country. With a labyrinth containing over 80 documented caves, five in particular stand out from the rest. Unlike the others, these five have been converted into sprawling temples where visitors can witness golden statues, depictions of Buddha and over 1,500 different paintings.

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The temple caves have been around for 22 centuries; thanks to conservation efforts, they will be around for many more to come.Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains.

There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings.


These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses.