The Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, is a renowned Buddhist temple complex located in the central part of Sri Lanka. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and holds great religious and historical significance in Sri Lanka.
The Dambulla Cave Temple dates back to the 1st century BC and is one of the oldest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country. It is comprised of five main caves, which have been carved into a large granite rock that rises over 160 meters above the surrounding plain. The caves are interconnected, forming a vast complex of chambers, halls, and shrines.
Each of the caves in Dambulla has its own unique character and houses a large number of Buddha statues and intricate wall paintings. In total, there are over 150 Buddha statues, including a 14 meter long reclining Buddha statue, and more than 2,100 square meters of wall paintings within the temple complex. These wall paintings depict various scenes from the life of Buddha, as well as other significant events and figures from Buddhist mythology.0