06.12.2012 - 09.12.2012
After Sigiriya, our next stop was Dambulla, a fairly big town in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, about 30min south of Sigiriya by car and about 70km north of Kandy. Dambulla is famous for the Cave Temple, a world heritage site. The major attractions are the 5 caves under an overhanging rock dating back to the 1st-2nd century AD. The caves contain mostly statues and paintings related to Buddha's life. To reach the caves, we climbed up the rock for about 15min. The rock has a gentle slope with both steps as well as a road. However, I would suggest to use the steps for your climb. The entrance is located at the base of the rock just adjacent to a modern day huge golden statue of the seated Buddha.
Entrance tickets for foreigners: 1500 LKR/person ....no discount for SAARC citizens here :-(
The ticket counter is located towards the right of the seated Buddha whereas the path to the caves is on the left. Tickets are checked only at the entrance of the cave after the climb, so don't forget about it before the climb up. The ticket also includes entrance to the cultural museum.
Time spent: About 2 hrs.
Now for the snaps..