Dambulla is a small town in Sri Lanka known for its high concentration of cave temples, some of which have been used by local monks as meditation locations since the first century B.C. With more than 80 caves within its reach, Dambulla’s major attraction is the Golden Temple of Dambulla, which is the largest and best-preserved temple in Sri Lanka.
Consisting of five cave temples, each of which contains an impressive variety of Buddhist and Hindu statues and paintings that date back between the 12th and 18th centuries.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Golden Temple of Dambulla has ceilings painted with intricate patterns of images depicting the life of Buddha.
Where is it located: Sri Lanka, Kandy, Sigiriya, Dambulla
Best time to go: The temple is open from 7.am to 7.pm at this moment. To avoid the crowd, visit the temple early in the morning or late afternoon.