A Glimpse Of A Bygone Era – 6 Attractions In Amazing Dambulla

Dambulla! A town where history blends with natural beauty. Take a break from your demanding life for a few days and go live in a world that makes you aware of how wonderful life can be….

Dambulla Cave Temple


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Dambulla Cave Temple is also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. It is the largest and the best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. It is the home of magnificent Buddha Images and glorious Rock Paintings of vibrant colours and shapes .Created and painted from around 2nd Century. Sinhalese people call it as “Dambulu Gala” (Dambulla Rock) and the Temple is called as the “Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya” (Golden Rock).

Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium

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A cricket venue in Sri Lanka, the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium is built in a stunning location overlooking the Dambulla Tank and the Dambulla Rock. Due to the fact that it’s located in the dry zone, it provides Sri Lanka with the possibility of hosting one-day matches throughout the year. This 30,000 capacity stadium was built in the year 2000 .

Popham’s Arboretum


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Alongside Dambulla- Kandalama road, a unique heaven called Pophams Arboretum is located. Its creator is an English man ,Francis Popham, known as Sam. Based in Sri Lanka as a young British Naval Officer during the Second World War, Sam later became a Tea Planter. His love for trees, made him give up his work as a tea planter and begin his life’s most important work. Sam’s creation is fascinating in many ways. It contained a unique collection of trees such as Ebony, Palu, Satinwood, Ceylon Iron Wood (Na), Tamarind, Milla, Weera, Velan, Margosa and Helamba,. It is a palace which gives a calmness you rarely experience.

Ancient City of Sigiriya

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Referred by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World, this ancient palace and fortress complex has major archaeological importance and draws thousands of tourists every year. It is one of the most visited tourist destination of Sri Lanka. The palace is located between the towns of Dambulla and Habarane on a massive rocky plateau 370 meters above the sea level. Sigiriya rock offers a view which astonishes the visitors with the unique harmony between the nature and human imagination.

The Lion Rock & Frescos

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Declared as a UNESCO world heritage site, the Lion Rock is a rock fortress rising above 200 meters above the surrounding plain. It is said that the king Kashayapa who took possession of the reign from the rightful owner ‘Muggalan’, wanted to make his capital at the top of this massive rock surrounded by the jungle from all sides. The fortress complex includes remnants of a ruined palace, surrounded by an extensive network of fortifications, vast gardens, ponds, canals, alleys and fountains.
The magnificent Sigiriya Frescoes are painted on the western surface of Sigiriya Rock .

Sigiriya Museum

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Close to the Sigiriya rock fortress there is another informative tourist attraction, the Sigiriya museum. A museum is a significant place as a research center and information center. This is one of the most beautiful, informative and beneficial museums in Sri Lanka. The new museum, surrounded by the forest and water , provides an atmospheric environment to explore entire Sigiriya area. Even the architectural design of the museum differs from other museums of Sri Lanka because of the technology and materials used.

Pidurangala Rock


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Pidurangala is a gigantic rock located a few kilometers north of Sigiriya. Pidurangala appears larger than Sigiriya. Its upper surface is steeply sloped . The Pidurangala area has been occupied on and off for over thousands of years by monks who lived in the caves around the site. A peaceful Buddhist temple at its foot, Pidurangala Rock offers a wide spread views of the lush hilly landscape and a feeling of charming isolation.