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Dambulla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a fascinating town near Colombo. Every corner of Dambulla oozes spirituality with its gorgeous cave temples. Despite its slightly commercial air, Dambulla remains an important holy place. It will be wrong to assume that Dambulla is all about temples; the city carries with it a rich cultural history, from Portuguese to Dutch period.

Everything in Dambulla is reasonably priced, including the delicious authentic Sri Lankan food that is made with generous amounts of herbs and spices. No matter what your purpose of visit is or what age group you belong to, Dambulla will leave you wide eyed with its mesmerizing offerings.


Popham's Arboretum

Situated in Kandalama, Popham’s Arboretum was constructed in the year 1963. Many tourists visit this place to enjoy the scenic view and to know about the various species of flora that is available here. The place has almost 200 shrubs and herbs, which are well maintained by the people working there. The major attraction of the Popham Arboretum are the plants and trees such as Ebony, Helamba Palu, Milla, Satinwood, Weera, Ceylon Iron Wood(Na),Rathu, Tamarind, Velan, Margosa etc.

Dambulla Cave Temple

Another popular attraction here is the Dambulla Cave temple, which is an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage and a World Heritage Site. The caves around the temple are the major source of attraction and comprise of almost 153 statues of Gautam Buddha depicting his entire life and struggles. A cluster of 5 major caves, inside one will find more than 150 Buddha statues which are spellbindingly beautiful. All the caves have their own significance and have names like Cave of Divine king, Cave of the Great Kings etc.

Buddhist Museum & Museum of Wall Paintings

On your way to the Dambulla Rock Temple, you will come across a large golden Buddha statue. This statue marks the entrance to the Dambulla Museum. The Buddha statue in Dhyan Chakra Mudra is the largest statue in Asia. The path leads to the terrace where you can take a quick walk through the museum. The small museum exhibits the Sri Lankan art.

Minneriya National Park

This National Park is one of the best places to see wild elephants. A jeep ride into the deep forest is the best way to explore the Minneriya National Park. The best time to experience hundreds of elephants is between April to October. This is the time when the elephants come to the water tank to drink water. Other inhabitants include sloth bear, leopard, slender loris and axis deer. Bird population includes lesser adjutant, painted stork, and spot-billed pelican, little cormorants, Great white pelican, ruddy turnstone, and grey heron.

Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

Dating back to the Iron Age, this pre-historic site lets you time travel to the life of Sri Lanka people who lived here eons ago. This site also has a museum which has safely treasured clay pots, urns, copper & gold jewellery, gemstones; dug out from the site.

Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium

All cricket fans must visit the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, spread over 60 acres. It has a seating capacity for 30,000 people.

Kalu diya Pokuna

Pond with black water, as it means, a hiking trip the top of the hill will reward you with exhilarating views and colourful butterflies. There is also a small pond and remnants of an ancient Buddhist temple. Also spot some caves which were used by Buddhist monks for meditation long ago.
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