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One of the five caves on Dambulla cave temple

Dambulla is a city in Central province of Sri Lanka.


Get in[edit]

Map of Dambulla

Buses from Colombo (148 km west), Kandy (72 km south, 2-3 hours), Anuradhapura (2-3 hours), Sigiriya and other places arrive regularly at the Dambulla bus station located 1 km outside of the town on Kandy road. From Sigiriya, you can continue by direct bus to Dambulla. Buses run on this route at intervals of 30 minutes and cost 40 LKR. The last bus for Dambulla leaves at 18:00. Alternately, you can take a tuk-tuk to go back to Inamaluwa junction, from where you can take the bus to Dambulla as well, or you can go to Dambulla from Sigiriya by tuk-tuk which will cost not more than Rs. 1,000. The distance from Sigiriya to Dambulla is 20 km, and from Inamaluwa to Dambulla is 10 km.

  • 1 Dambulla Main Bus Station, Kandy - Jaffna Hwy.

Get around[edit]


1 Dambulla cave temple (Golden Temple), Kandy - Jaffna Hwy (Entrance is on Kandy Road). 07:00-19:00. The main if not the only attraction of the town, also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The temple is composed of five caves which are accessible after a 10-minute stone stairs climb. These caves contain well conserved statues and paintings. Ticket for foreigners costs 1500 LKR in August 2017.






There are both simple guest houses and more up-scale resorts available, some close to the temple complex, about 1 km south from the town centre.


  • 1 Dambulla Tourist Resort, Kandy - Jaffna Hwy (In front of Post Office), +94 72 201 5930. Basic rooms with fan and private bathroom. Ideally situated between the bus station and the Dambulla Cave Temple, on the main road but not noisy. 15-20$ (2018).


  • Kassapa Lions Rock, Digampathana , Kimbissa, +94 66 5677440. 31 rooms with a veranda that opens to a mini garden, all of which have air-conditioning, satellite TV and mini-bar. From 100$ (2013).


Go next[edit]

  • Colombo There are several buses to Colombo from the bus station, it costs about 140 LKR in non A/C buses.
  • Anuradhapura
  • Sigiriya Just 30mn north-east of Dambulla, you can easily visit Lion Rock as a day trip from Dambulla (buses at the Main Bus Station)
  • Matale
  • Kandy
  • Polonnaruwa located 67 km east of Dambulla

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