Introduction

This Temple is said to be the biggest and best preserved complex of Buddha images and rock paintings in South East Asia. Due to its historical contribution, the significance of its archaeological findings, and the brilliant art, the Dambulla Temple was declared as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1991.

The cave complex has more than 80 documented caves, but only the main 5 caves are open to visitors. The other smaller caves where devotees would have meditated are closed to the public.

There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings, and four statues of gods and goddesses, including Vishnu and the Ganesha. The ceilings and walls of the caves are covered in murals covering an area of 2,100 square metres (23,000 sq ft).

  • Introduction

Introduction