The Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple, is Sri Lanka‘s largest and most impressive monastic cave adorned with Buddhist statues and paintings. It’s situated in the southern outskirts of Dambulla town, which is located in the very centre of the area called Cultural Triangle, at the junction where the Anuradhapura-Kandy and Polonnaruwa-Kandy roads meet and not far from Sigiriya. Besides Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kandy and Sigiriya, Dambulla is another World Heritage Site in this area and a major attraction for sightseeing tours. The rock of the Dambulla Cave Temple towers 160 m over the plains of the Cultural Triangle. The five caves of the Golden Temple can be reached via a stairway to a natural terrace in an altitude of about 100 m.
Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka