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Reclining Buddha, Dambulla cave temple

Dambulla

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Introduction

Dambulla is part of the revered Cultural Triangle and is situated to the north of Kandy, in the Central District of Sri Lanka. The cave temple complex, for which Dambulla is rightly famous, is the best-preserved complex in Sri Lanka - and, as such, the site makes a fascinating addition to a tailor made Sri Lanka holiday.

Dambulla's famous rock temples are found atop a giant granite outcrop just outside the town. The work of King Valagambahu, who sat on the throne at Anuradhapura in the first century BC, the temples are carved into five separate caves, each containing beautiful frescos and impressive statues and carvings of Buddhism's most sacred figures. In one, the great lying Parinirvana Buddha stretches 14 metres, carved directly from the base rock. Dambulla is also the site of one of the world's largest golden Buddhas, as well as an excellent Buddhist museum, adding an intriguing context to a fascinating World Heritage site.

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Best of Sri Lanka

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,510 pp

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From sweeping tea plantations to UNESCO-listed treasures and the wildlife of the Yala National Park, spend two memorable weeks exploring the history, culture and beaches of this Indian Ocean gem, a land of smiles that's long made it a travellers' favourite.

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Best of Sri Lanka

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,510 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £225 pp
Book by: 29 June 2018

From sweeping tea plantations to UNESCO-listed treasures and the wildlife of the Yala National Park, spend two memorable weeks exploring the history, culture and beaches of this Indian Ocean gem, a land of smiles that's long made it a travellers' favourite.

Sri Lanka & The Maldives

16-day tailor-made journey from £4,390 pp incl. flights

Offering idyllic islands, scenic splendour and cultural encounters, this best-of-both tour shows off both Sri Lanka and the Maldives at their absolute finest. Enjoy the sparkle of the Indian Ocean and stroll past giant-sized recumbent Buddhas in this tailor-made journey.

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