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Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Central Province, Sri Lanka.

Dambulla, a bustling urban centre in Sri Lanka’s central province, is a must-visit destination for Australians seeking unique travel experiences. Situated 143 kilometres northeast of Colombo, 72 kilometres north of Kandy, and just 43 kilometres from Matale, Dambulla is renowned for its captivating cave temples and the iconic Golden Temple, showcasing a rich historical tapestry.

Famous as the site of the Dambulla Caves, Dambulla has a storied past, dating back to King Walagamba’s reign. These caves, unique to Dambulla, were once a vibrant Buddhist monastery. They house an impressive array of Buddha statues and rock paintings, vivid in colour and design. Originating from the second century BC during the Anuradhapura era, these artistic treasures extend to the Kandyan era. Locally referred to as ‘Dambulla Gala’ (Dambulla Rock), the temple complex, also known as the ‘Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya’ (Golden Rock Dambulla Temple), stands as a testament to the region’s rich cultural heritage.

For Australians eager to immerse themselves in a destination rich in history and spiritual significance, Dambulla offers an unparalleled experience. This article aims to guide those planning to visit this remarkable city, ensuring a memorable journey to one of Sri Lanka’s most cherished landmarks.

Must-see attractions for your itinerary

Nearby Dambulla attractions

Golden Temple of Dambulla

Caverns & Caves | Religious Sites

Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre

Farmers Markets

Popham's Arboretum


Menikdena Archaeological Reserve and Arboretum

Ancient Ruins | Monuments & Statues

Ederagala Wana Senasuna

Religious Sites

Sath Paththini Devalaya

Historic Sites

Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium

Arenas & Stadiums

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