Lion Rock & One Massive Buddha in Sri Lanka’s Town of Dambulla


The Sri Lankan town of Dambulla is small with the biggest tourist pull in this area undoubtedly Sigirya, other wise known as Lion Rock. Sigiriya is outside the town of Dambulla and merits a look as well.  Worth seeing in the area include the Temples, Caves and Museum, which are all fairly unmissable on Matale Road.

1. The Golden Temple

This sits prominently and noticeably as you walk through Dambulla. Walk off the main street and you’ll be confronted by the Golden Temple which extends 30 metre high.

2. The Royal Rock Temple (Cave Temples)

This is the main attraction, also off the main Matale Road and is at an elevation of over 100 metres up however it’s a relatively easy walk. There are 5 caves in total so it’s worth doing some research into their history in advance, as they all have their own representations.

Royal Rock temple Cave temples in Dambulla

Above, cave temples in Danbulla. They cost 1,500 Rupees to enter, though children are free. You’ll need a few hours if you want to see it in detail. There’s also a small museum in the area. Below are some videos I shot onsite.

Top photo credit: Adventuretravelsite

Jonny Scott Blair
Jonny Blair is a self confessed traveling nomad who founded and blogs at Don't Stop Living. He sees every day as an adventure. Since leaving behind his home town of Bangor in Northern Ireland ten years ago he has traveled to all seven continents, working his way through various jobs and funding it all with hard work and an appetite for travel. Don’t Stop Living, a lifestyle of travel' contains over 1,000 stories and tips from his journeys round the globe. He wants to show others how easy it is to travel the world, give them some ideas and encourage them to do the same but most of all he aims to constantly live a lifestyle of travel. He is currently based in Hong Kong and on Twitter @jonnyblair.
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