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 simply striking inside with illustrations and statues that will leave you mesmerized. Inside, it’s a collection of caves. However, the main attractions are inside five of them. The cave walls are adorned with paintings of the Lord Buddha as well as gods and goddesses.

The 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 seeked refuge in the caves with the monks as he was being chased by South Indians. 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 murals inside are massive, spread out over an area of about 22,604 sqft (2,100 sqm). The entrance to the cave is along the Dambulla Rock. You will be able to experience a breathtaking panoramic view of the surroundings. You can even spot the Sigiriya Rock Fortress!