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Dambulla Tour Packages

Overview

Location: Matale, Central Province of Sri Lanka

Nearest Railhead: Sri Lanka Transport Board Depot

Nearest Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport

How to reach: 148 km (92 mi) north-east of Colombo and 72 km (45 mi) north of Kandy

Famous for: Temples and National Park

Months open: All Year

Best time to visit: January to May



Introduction

Dambulla, Sri Lanka is a town located in the Matale District in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Dambulla is popular for the Dambulla Cave Temple which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is visited by a large number of pilgrims every year. The town is located around 148 km (92 mi) northeast of Colombo and it is in the north of Kandy around 72 km (45 mi). Dambulla is also the center of vegetable distribution in Sri Lanka due to its location. Dambulla is a worthy destination where you can find the Sri Lankan culture and many interesting places to visit.




What to see

Dambulla Cave Temple 

Dambulla Cave temple complex is a must-visit place in Dambulla. Also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cave temple is the largest and best-preserved in the country. There are more than 150 Buddha statues and you can also find the statues of Sri Lankan kings and statues of other gods and goddesses. There are a total of five major caves where you can find the ancient paintings, statues and have a spiritual experience in the cave temple. 

 

Popham’s Arboretum 

Popham’s Arboretum is a beautiful place to visit. It can be considered as a paradise for nature lovers. The arboretum was created by an Englishman Sam Popham in 1963. You can find the beauty of nature here. The place delights its visitors with its varied types of trees and the beautiful birds chirping around. The night walk at the arboretum is an experience of its own. 

 

Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre 

This place is located in the heart of the town. You can get a glimpse of the everyday life of the town here. Dambulla, Sri Lanka being the center of vegetable distribution in the country, you can find the local fruits and products of the country here. 

 

Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs 

This ancient burial site in Dambulla is from the megalithic prehistoric and proto-historic era of Sri Lanka. It is among the historical places of Dambulla. The place has been declared as an archaeological protected site. 

 

Dambulla Buddhist Museum 

The museum has a Buddha statue which is awe-inspiring. The statue depicts Buddha in Dhyana Chakra Mudra. There are also different monk sculptures next to the statue of Buddha. The museum also holds many different wall paintings which show the history and culture of Sri Lanka.

 

Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium 

This cricket stadium is a popular stadium in Dambulla. It is the only dry zone cricket stadium in Sri Lanka. The stadium has a great view and gives a thrilling cricket experience in the cricket-loving country Sri Lanka.

 

PLACES TO VISIT NEARBY 

 

Sigiriya 

Sigiriya is one of the most important historical places in Sri Lanka. It is also known as the Eighth Wonder of the World by the locals. The place is a World Heritage Site which has a jaw-dropping view from the top. The Sigiriya Lion Rock is an ancient rock fortress. It holds historical and archaeological significance in the country. 

 

Pidurangala Rock 

Pidurangala Rock is adjacent to Sigiriya Lion Rock. It gives a great view of Sigiriya Lion Rock and is popular because of it. The place is rich in history and also has a temple. The view from this place is highly appreciated by travelers. 

 

Kaludiya Pokuna 

Kaludiya Pokuna which means “pond with black water” is a serene place to visit near Dambulla. The place can be a good hiking place where you can find the ruins of ancient monasteries. The place is ideal to enjoy nature and you can also spot different species of birds here. 

 

Jathika Namal Uyana 

Jathika Namal Uyana is famous for its huge rose quartz mountain. This rose quartz mountain is considered as the largest in South Asia. Also, it is well known for the Ironwood forest. People enjoy hiking here as they get close interaction with nature. Different birds, butterflies, and trees can be found here. 

 

Minneriya National Park 

Minneriya National Park is a 50-minute drive from Dambulla. The place is the best to watch wild elephants while safari camping is also quite popular here. The best time to visit this place is May-October as it is famous for the gathering of wild elephants. The place has different species of mammals, birds, and reptiles.




Details

What to see

Dambulla Cave Temple Dambulla Cave temple complex is a must visit place in Dambulla. It is also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. The place is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cave temple is the largest and best preserved in the country. There are more than 150 Buddha statues and you can also find the statues of Sri Lankan kings and statues of other gods and goddesses. There are total five major caves where you can find the ancient paintings, statues and have a spiritual experience in the cave temple. Popham’s Arboretum Popham’s Arboretum is a beautiful place to visit. It can be considered as a paradise for nature lovers. The arboretum was created by an Englishman Sam Popham in 1963. You can find the beauty of nature here. The place delights its visitors with its varied types of trees and the beautiful birds chirping around. The night walk at the arboretum is an experience of its own. Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre This place is located in the heart of the town. You can get a glimpse of everyday life of the town here. Dambulla being the center of vegetable distribution in the country, you can find the local fruits and products of the country here. Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs This ancient burial site in Dambulla is from the megalithic prehistoric and proto-historic era of Sri Lanka. It is among the historical places of Dambulla. The place has been declared as an archaeological protected site. Dambulla Buddhist Museum The museum has a Buddha statue which is awe inspiring. The statue depicts Buddha in Dhyan Chakra Mudra. There are also different monk sculptures next to the statue of Buddha. The museum also holds many different wall paintings which show the history and culture of Sri Lanka. Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium This cricket stadium is a popular stadium in Dambulla. It is the only dry zone cricket stadium in Sri Lanka. The stadium has a great view and gives a thrilling cricket experience in the cricket loving country Sri Lanka.

Places to visit around

Sigiriya Sigiriya is one of the most important historical place in Sri Lanka. It is also known as the Eighth Wonder of the World by the locals. The place is a World Heritage Site which has a jaw dropping view from the top. The Sigiriya Lion Rock is an ancient rock fortress. It holds a historical and archaeological significance in the country. Pidurangala Rock Pidurangala Rock is adjacent to Sigiriya Lion Rock. It gives a great view of Sigiriya Lion Rock and is popular because of it. The place is rich in history and also has a temple. The view from this place is highly appreciated by the travelers. Kaludiya Pokuna Kaludiya Pokuna which means “pond with black water” is a serene place to visit near Dambulla. The place can be a good hiking place where you can found the ruins of ancient monasteries. The place is ideal to enjoy nature and you can also spot different species of birds here. Jathika Namal Uyana Jathika Namal Uyana is famous for its huge rose quartz mountain. This rose quartz mountain is considered as the largest in South Asia. Also, it is well known for the Ironwood forest. People enjoy hiking here as they get close interaction with nature. Different birds, butterflies and trees can be found here. Minneriya National Park Minneriya National Park is 50-minute drive from Dambulla. The place is the best to watch wild elephants while the safari camping is also quite popular here. The best time to visit this place is May-October as it is famous for the gathering of wild elephants. The place has different species of mammals, birds and reptiles.

How to reach Dambulla?

The Bandaranaike International Airport is the main international airport of Dambulla. It is around 113 km from Dambulla. You can reach Dambulla from the airport through a taxi or bus. The airport is connected with many cities around the world. If you are travelling to Dambulla from Colombo, you can take a taxi directly to Dambulla or take the local bus. The bus route requires two bus rides, the first from Colombo to Kurunegala and second to Dambulla. Dambulla can also be reached by train. The nearest station to Dambulla is Habarana and from there you can take a taxi or auto rickshaw to Dambulla.




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