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Things to Do Dambulla – Attractions & Must See

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Dambulla Things to Do

When visiting Sri Lanka, you may want to add Dambulla as a must-see to your travel plans. Dambulla is rich with ancient and modern history sites to visit, as well as cultural, athletic, and natural resources.

Rock Cave Temple

Built at the base of a huge rock between 1st century BC and 993 AD, the Rock Cave Temple features five historically- and spiritually-significant caves. These temples are open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. They are little more than one mile from the town center, with a steep climb to get there.

Monkeys

Keep in mind that wildlife is veritable and rich in the areas leading to the caves. The monkeys will watch you with as much wonder as you watch them.  It may even be a good idea to bring an extra bottle of water to share with inquisitive and thirsty monkeys on the hike if the day is hot.

Enjoy the Natural Scenery

Although the historical sites are amazing, be sure to take a moment to enjoy the expansive views of nature and the natural side of Dambulla. There are hiking tours in addition to the Rock Cave Tour, where a lucky visitor may see some of the wildlife in addition to the monkeys and vegetation.

The Buddhist Museum

There is a Buddhist Museum at the entryway to the five caves. It has books, internet, drinks, and artifacts. There is the Golden Chedi nearby. Admission is $7.50 and includes temple admission. Not much is written in English in the shop.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Dambulla things to do.

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