“Experience, travel – these are an education in themselves.” – Euripides
Plus wild elephants, UNESCO-status temples and an ancient rock citadel…
Source: Monkeys and mangoes in Sri Lanka
Also known as the ‘Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya’, the Dambulla Cave Temple is a universally declared UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. Visit this majestic site and learn more about the Buddhist culture in Sri Lanka.
Visit Dambulla Rock Temple located in the caves above the mighty rock where the ancient Buddha statues live among the most beautiful wall murals.
Dambulla caves in central Sri Lanka have the best-preserved wall murals. This was a good enough reason for me to plan a hike to these rock caves. Top it with the fact that this is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. After walking in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa in June heat, I was really low on energy. My experience at Mihintale told me clearly that either climb this rock in the morning or evening. I chose to do it late afternoon around 4 PM or so.
Dambulla cave can be climbed from its two opposite faces. One where you buy the tickets and second where there is a giant golden temple.
There is confusion, downright lies, and kowtowing to the West in the recent public discussions on Dambulla temple and its Pin Pettiya. The culprits are various uninformed personnel in the tourist and archaeological authorities. And the politicians, current and former, are not to blame.
The battle was for the collections from tourists at Dambulla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Dambulla complex was started around the 3rdand 2nd centuries BCE and restored and enlarged upon many times by ancient kings and their dayakas. The last restoration was by Kirti Sri Rajasinha in the 18th century.
A report a few days back of the oldest habitation of Australia 80,000 years ago makes my position clear. The Australian aborigines are not heir to a written tradition or a sophisticated system of thought, like Buddhist Sri Lanka.
The Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya (the Golden Mountain Temple of Dambulla) is sadly in the limelight for the wrong reason. The purpose of this article is to provide a bird’s eye view of the Dambulla Temple, its history, grandeur and sanctity, and the status as a UNESCO World Heritage site, to encourage more Sri Lankans to undertake a pilgrimage or a visit to the Dambulla temple. My recent pilgrimage to the Dambulla temple gave me a calmness of mind as a Buddhist and immense happiness as a Sri Lankan of what we can offer to World Heritage.
Sri Lanka seems to be one of those countries that everyone’s been thinking about this year! It’s one of those special countries that has an immersive culture, some pretty epic teaches and enough spiced hoppers to enjoy, day after day!
Over the course of this year, we’ve been fortunate to be able to visit Sri Lanka twice and recently came back from the most incredible trip with Thomson Holidays. It’s one of those countries where words will never do it justice alone…the sites, smells, atmosphere and even copious amounts of sand the creeps into your pants make this one of my favourite places to visit.
Take a look at 17 of the very best reasons why you should be thinking of Sri Lanka for your next getaway.
1.) Visit the top of Sigiriya (Lion Rock Fortress)
A CITY’S greatest hits are often underground.
Though churches, theatres, mountains, and museums are staple attractions when getting to know a new location, a look below the surface can reveal spectacular and little-known sights you probably wouldn’t find on a postcard.
Found in places as diverse as underground churches, gardens, wineries, and music festivals, these top attractions from around the world are worth the trip below ground.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand
No matter how you feel about worms, a visit to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves in New Zealand is certain to leave an impression.
Found below rolling green hills about two hours south of Auckland, these native glow-in-the-dark worms make for one of the coolest sci-fi shows in nature.
Like with music, a city’s greatest hits are often underground. Though churches, theaters, mountains, and museums are staple attractions when getting to know a new location, a look below the surface can reveal spectacular and little-known sights you probably wouldn’t find on a postcard. From underground churches, gardens, wineries, and music festivals, these top attractions from around the world are worth the trip below ground.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo, New Zealand
No matter how you feel about worms, a visit to the Waitamo Glowworm Caves in New Zealand is certain to leave an impression. Found below the rolling, green hills about two hours south of Auckland, these native, glow-in-the-dark worms make for one of the coolest sci-fi shows in nature.