If you are planning a short stay in Sri Lanka, you can’t cover the all tourist places in Dambulla or Sri Lanka. So, I have prepared a list of the top 5 places to visit in Dambulla, Sri Lanka. These destinations are the most popular and high rate of tourists visit around the year.
Dambulla is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka. Also, many of the ancient people’s identities and belongings are still preserved here by the Archaeological Department. As well as displaying them to tourists. Not only that but also Dambulla is one of the cultural triangle cities in Sri Lanka. Therefore, most of the tourists visit Dambulla. Moreover, the central point of Sri Lanka lies in Dambulla and the largest vegetable & fruits wholesale market in Sri Lanka is located in Dambulla.
1. Dambulla Royal Cave Temple and Golden Temple
1 of 5 Places to visit in Dambulla – Sri Lanka
Dambulla Royal Cave Temple and Golden Temple are one of the best tourist places in Dambulla and located on the south side of Dambulla Main Bus Station and 1.7 km distance. Golden Temple is at the foot of the rock and another temple in the cave on the rock. Also, the Cave Temple complex dates back to the first century BCE. These caves contain more than 150 statues of Buddha, including sleeping Buddha, gods, and kings statues. Also, The caves are decorated with colorful paintings and murals. The Cave Temple Complex is climbed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991. However, you should climb the stairs to reach the Cave Temple. Those make your trip more interesting and unforgettable!
- Entrance ticket fee: LKR 1500 for foreigners / Free of charge for locals
- Opening Timings: 7 AM-7 PM (ticket counter closes at 5 PM)
For more information: Dambulla Cave Temple in Sri Lanka
2. Sigiriya ancient rock fortress
2 of 5 Places to visit in Dambulla – Sri Lanka
Sigiriya Lion Rock (Sigiriya ancient rock fortress) is one of the best places to visit in Dambulla or Sri Lanka. You should never miss this place if you travel to Sri Lanka. Also, this is a top tourism spot in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan King Kashyapa made this lion’s rock fortress to hide from enemies. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the technology used to build this rock fort was very advanced in ancient times. Ancient murals, Graffiti & mirror wall, Lion claws, Garden scaping structures, Water system. Not only that but also you can climb the Sigiriya Lion Rock and see the king’s palace and pond on the top. They make tourists more fun and interesting.
- Entrance ticket fee: LKR 5000 for foreigners/ LKR 2500 for SAARC Countries/ LKR 100 for locals
- Opening Timings: 7 AM-7 PM
For more information: Sigiriya Lion Rock climb in Sri Lanka
3. Pidurangala Rock Sunrise
3 of 5 Places to visit in Dambulla – Sri Lanka
The Pidurangala Rock is one of the best tourist places in Dambulla and located nearby the world-famous Sigiriya Lion Rock. This is a famous spot to see the sunrise. Also, you will get a 360 amazing view, including Sigiriya Lion Rock. This is worth to climb for sunrise and photography.
- Entrance ticket fee: LKR 500 for foreigners/ Free of charge for locals
- Opening Timings: 5 AM-5 PM
For more information: Pidurangala Rock Climb in Sigiriya – Sri Lanka
4. Hot Air Balloon Rides in Dambulla
4 of 5 Places to visit in Dambulla – Sri Lanka
Balloon Safari gives you another wonderful experience in Dambulla. Also, you can see the whole mind-blowing sceneries from the hot air balloon. Whether you are a couple, a group, or an adventurer, every balloon flight makes for an unforgettable and breathtaking journey. It’s quiet, fun, exciting, and amazing. Currently, there are only two companies that are operating the hot air balloon service. You can pre-reserve from their website: Sunrise Ballooning (Pvt) Ltd and Lanka Ballooning (Pvt) Ltd.
5. Minneriya National Park Safari
5 of 5 Places to visit in Dambulla – Sri Lanka
Minneriya National Park Safari by jeep is another best place to visit in Dambulla. There is the largest wild Asian Elephant gathering in the world. Also, you can see birds like Peacock, Eagle, Pelicans, Parrots, Crane, Parakeet, Owl, Hornbill, and more. Thus, it has attracted the attention of tourists and the Jeep Safari takes nearly 3 hours. However, there are many jeep safari operators in the Minneriya. Also, you can easily find them on the road in Habarana or Minneriya, or find them here: Minneriya Jeep Safari.
- Opening Timings: 6:30 AM–6:30 PM
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