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Dambulla

Deep in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, 5 hours north of Colombo is a large town that serves as a cultural and historical centre for understanding the deep entwinement of the Buddhism within society. The abundance of archaeological sites, including cave temples, and a rock fortress, makes it all the more enticing to visit the UNESCO World Heritage City for the traveler looking to understand the unique culture of the Paradise Island.

Top Reason to Visit

It is without doubt that monuments, such as the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Dambulla Cave Temples (Sometimes known as the Golden Temple) take the top spot for the reason to visit the historical city. Moreover, with the introduction of hot air ballooning in the area, it is now possible to have a bird’s eye view of the historical wonders.

While You're There

Marvel at the ancient wonders of the world:

The Cave Temples and the Sigiriya Rock Fortress are considered to be some of the most notable ancient wonders of the world, the latter being hailed for being a testament to Sri Lankan craftsmanship, with the elaborate garden and intricate frescoes along the fortress walls. Moreover, the Dambulla Cave Temples are also a marvel to behold, since it houses a number of intricately sculptured statues of various sizes and stances, further showcasing the deep roots of Buddhism within Sri Lankan society.

Fly like a bird:

Since its introduction in 2008, hot air ballooning has quickly become a major attraction for foreigners and locals alike. Floating up like a bird, witnessing a unique view of the historical city with a marvelous sun rise on the horizon, the experience is just surreal.

Experience the gentleman’s game:

The city also serves as a cricket hub boasting of the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium capable of seating 30,000 sports fans to watch the gentleman’s game brought to life. The stadium is also noted for being one of the fastest built international stadiums, just taking a mere 167 days to make it match worthy.

Shop for nature’s bounty:

The city is also known for being one of the busiest cities, as it is home to the largest wholesale vegetable market in the country, subsequently Sri Lanka’s biggest wholesale markets. So why not grab a bag and partake in some major vegetable shopping.

Insider Advice

Travel: Travelling around Dambulla is not too difficult due to close proximity of the many monuments. Should you wish to hire a tuk-tuk, there are quite a few that would charge around LKR 100 to LKR 150 around town.

Weather: Dambulla normally experiences frequent showers all throughout the year, however, the months from January to May experiences the least amount of rainfall making it much more suitable to visit the city.

Money: It is important to carry cash in hand with small notes including LKR 20s, 50s and 100s, since many shops do not accept credit and debit cards.

Clothing: Due to the abundance of many sacred religious sites like the Cave Temples and the Rock Fortress, it is important to be clad in the proper attire (cover arms and legs).

Safety: The town is safe, but it is always important to be mindful of your belongings, especially in crowded places.

Meals and refreshments: Dambulla town has a couple of good places to eat just north of the central clock tower area.

With the presence of some ancient wonders of the world, enabling you to witness it through a bird’s eye view, along with an international sporting arena, and the largest vegetable market in the country, Dambulla has an interesting concoction; making it a place of unforgettable experiences.

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