DAMBULLA

Dambulla Cave temple is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island. In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the Rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the walls and the ceiling are the oldest here but they are over painted in the Kandy period. In the Second Cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of the Buddha in various postures with few statues of Gods and Kings. The ceiling is also covered with frescoes, which depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhalese people.

Suggested Activities

Enjoy a leisurely cycle tour through the vast villages of Galle

Village Cycling through Paddy Fields

Watch a local village person prepare traditional meals, and join in for a delicious meal

Local Cooking experience & Lunch

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BUDDHIST PILGRIM

A spiritual and cultural tour around Sri Lanka with experiences around the most sacred sites

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