The Dambulla Cave Temple is one of the most treasured cultural and religious sites in Sri Lanka. It boasts of the centuries long rich history of Sri Lanka to the visitors. The cave is striking inside with illustrations and statues that will leave you mesmerized. IThe caves may appear natural, but they are not. History says that the caves were first made by ancient monks. It’s also said that King Valagamba sought refuge in the caves with the monks as he was being pursued by South Indian invaders. He lived there in hiding for years before he was able to regroup and fight to reclaim his throne. Once he succeeded, he made the caves into a temple to express his gratitude.
Inside the caves, there are more than 159 Buddha statues as well as statues of deities. The entrance to the cave is along the Dambulla Rock. You will be able to experience a breathtaking panoramic view of the surroundings; including the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.