The most famous structure in the city of Dambulla is the Dambulla Cave Temple or also know as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. It is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka and is one of many world heritage sites by UNESCO. Dambulla also consists of man-made tanks and other different ancient ruins from the ancient city of Dambulla.

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Dambulla 1st CENTURY BC

As per the history and it was here King Valagam Bahu took refuge in the 1c.B.C. in Dambulla and the monks provided him protection from the enemies. After the 14 year exile he returned to the throne turned the caves into a rock temple in gratitude.

Dambulla rock temple ceiling is one large sweep of colorful paintings which depict Buddhist mythology and tales of the Buddha’s previous births. Some of them are over 2000 years old. Within the cave temple is the collection of the largest number of Buddha statues in one place. There is also a recumbent Buddha carved out of the living rock, some 14m long.

There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. This paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues.

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