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Located about 19 kms from Sigiriya, Dambulla is home to the Dambulla Cave Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dambulla lies approximately 148 kilometers (roughly 91 miles) to the Northeast of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. It is renowned the world-over for the presence of the Iron Wood Forest, and the Rose Quartz Mountain Range. Dambulla provides historical adventures and breathtaking sights in a region UNESCO has designated the Cultural Triangle. The city is a unique and important historical site because of the amalgamation of the material from many eras.

Places to See

Major attractions of the Dambulla Cave Centre are spread over 5 caves, which contain the statues and the paintings. Since its foundation in the 1 century BC byKing Valagamba, many modifications have been carried out to the sculptures and paintings. Hindu statues are believed to be of the 12 century AD and the latest paintings are of the late 18-century. The temple is a perfect location to view evolution of the ancient Sri Lankan arts.

Dambulla is surrounded by about 80 caves, that are meditation locations for a number of monks and has been a sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries. This cave monastery with its five sanctuaries is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 metre square) are of particular importance, as are the 157 statues.

Other interesting attractions include Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, a 30,000 seat cricket stadium constructed in a mere 167 days and overlooking theDambulla Tank (reservoir) and the Dambulla Rock and the Rose Quartz Mountain Range.


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