The fairly large town of Dambulla, 72 km from the hill capital of Kandy, is most known for the famed Dambulla cave temple which over the years, has become an image emblematic of Sri Lanka and the rich history it boasts. The town of Dambulla itself has little to offer, unless heavy traffic and wholesale markets are of particular interest as Dambulla serves as the central point for vegetable distribution for the island. A night or two in Dambulla is perfect for exploring the Cultural Triangle which includes Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura.
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Things to do in Dambulla:
Bicycle tour of the village
Be enthralled by the idyllic charm of dambulla as you cycle through its winding roads. Considered to be among the top dambulla activities to engage in, a tour will offer you the chance to enjoy the freshness of the morning breeze. It is a perfect way to explore the city’s attractions and get some exercise during your relaxing holiday!
Dambulla rock temple
Dambulla rock temple, also known as the golden temple of dambulla, is a world heritage site which happens to be the best-preserved cave complex on the island. With a remarkable history dating back to the first century bc the five caverns which make up the compound houses an array of ancient statues and paintings related to the lord buddha along with sculptures of several hindu deities. A visit to experience the rich culture and heritage of this attraction is an absolute must among the dambulla things to do
Minneriya national park
Experience close encounters with jumbos as you embark on an exciting wildlife safari at the minneriya national park. Located just 35 minutes away from the resort, this nature reserve is famous for ‘’ the gathering’’ where herds of elephants as large as 400 congregate on the banks of the minneriya reservoir to satiate their thirst during the dry season. The park is also home to endemic monkeys, leopards and sloth bears among other species.
Sigiriya rock fortress
Situated just 30 minutes away from the resort, the iconic sigiriya rock fortress is a definite must visit when in dambulla. Built by king kashyapa (477- 495), the ruins of the palace complex at the very summit of the rock is an architectural marvel. Visitors will be able to take in terraced lawns, water and boulder gardens along with the famous frescoes of the cloud maidens.
Trek to Kaludiya pokuna forest
Kaluiya pokuna is a charming attraction that can be reached via a winding road flanked by brilliant green paddy fields. The destination, which dates back to the 2nd century bc, has two ponds as well as two ancient rock inscriptions. The archaeological remains here also include residences and a monastery.