Dambulla is a bustling, economic hub whose territories house a magnificent tourist attraction which also happens to be one of the most prominent sites of worship amongst Buddhists in Sri Lanka. The Dambulla Rock Temple¸ which is also known as the Dambulla Cave Temple and Golden Temple of Dambulla is certainly a place that well deserves a visit.
The old temple complex is known to be the largest cave temple complex on the island. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has been well preserved and gives modern-day travellers an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the country’s golden past.
The temple is believed to have a history that dates back to the first century BC. Throughout the ages, many kings did their share to enhance the significance and appeal of the temple complex. There are five caves here that house many beautiful statues of Buddha, ancient Sri Lankan kings as well as other gods and goddesses. Gorgeous murals also adorn the inner walls of the caves, depicting stories of the life of Buddha; this includes over 1,500 paintings that cover the ceiling of one of the caves here.