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Dambulla

Dambulla is a large commercial town located in Matale district with an immense historical and religious value as well. It is mostly famous for the ancient rock cave temples and also for its large scale wholesale market. The Golden Rock Cave Temples in Dambulla is also one of the UNESCO world heritage sites (1991) with a history extended from prehistoric and proto-historic times. Dambulla offers a lot of splendorous sites, such as the cave temples, ironwood forest, Rose Quartz Mountain and megalithic cemetery.

As mentioned before, Dambulla is best known for the cave temples. There are more than 80 documented caves around this area. From all those caves the most attractive happen to be only five caves which contain statues and paintings. These caves are known to be the finest storehouse of the Sinhala art and sculpture. These caves have been built on the base of a 150m high rock during the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa period.

Dev Raja Viharaya is the first cave that you will come across when entering temple through the main entrance. This cave temple is for king of gods. Any one stepping into this temple can experience a 47ft long reclining Buddha image depicting the passing away of Buddha. Moreover five other amazing images and painted walls can be experienced inside this cave temple.

Maha Raja Viharaya or the temple of the great king is the largest cave temple of the five. It is marked that this 72 feet long, 25 feet wide, 21 feet high cave temple was found by the great king Vattagamini Abhaya. A visitor to this cave will be astonished by seeing the 16 standing and 40 seated statues of Buddha. It is also home to the statues of King Walagamba and king Nissankamalla. This shrine room also contains many paintings together with many more statues of the Buddhist order making it represent many eras of the Sinhala art and sculpture.

The 90 feet long, 81 feet wide, and 36 feet high Maha alut Viharaya or the great new temple is said to be used as a storeroom until the 18th century. It is the second largest cave which holds a number of Buddha images along with paintings and many more.

The fourth cave is known to be Pachima Viharaya or the western temple which is 50 foot long, 20 foot wide, and 27 foot high. It also holds a series of Buddha statues and most impressive is the one that lie at the Makara thorana (dragon archway).

Devana Alut Viharaya or the second new temple was also once a storeroom with recumbent Buddha and a number of Hindu deities.

Dambulla is also famous for the newly built Golden Temple with a 30m high gilded Buddha along with the Buddhist Museum. The museum has Buddhist image collections from Thailand, Myanmar, China, Korea, and Singapore.

Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium built in the recent past has also become a main attraction of the visitors to the town. A stunning view of the cave temples, Dambulla tank and the rock can be taken from the stadium.

A visitor to Dambulla will never leave the place without exploring the Ironwood forest (Na Uyana). Ironwood forest is a man-made forest, which is home to the famous Rose Quartz Mountain range.

Dambulla is also home to the Megalithic cemetery located at the foot of Ibbankatuwa mountain range.

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