Royal Tourism – Sri Lanka
Dambulla is a town, situated in the Matale, Central Province of Sri Lanka, situated 148 km (92 mi) north-east of Colombo and 72 km (45 mi) north of Kandy. Due to its location at a major junction, it is the centre of vegetable distribution in the country.
Major attractions of the area include the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka, and the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, famous for being built in just 167 days. The area also boasts the largest rose quartz mountain range in South Asia, and the Iron wood forest, or Na Uyana Aranya.
Ibbankatuwa prehistoric burial site near Dambulla cave temple complexes is the latest archaeological site of significant historical importance found in Dambulla, which is located within 3 km (1.9 mi) of the cave temples providing evidence of the presence of indigenous civilisations long before the arrival of Indian influence on the Island nation.
♠ 10 Best Places to Visit in Dambulla
1. Dambulla Cave Temple
Towering above the plains of Dambulla is this awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage site, the Dambulla Cave Temple Complex. This ancient Buddhist pilgrimage is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.
2. Minneriya National Park
The one of Best national park in sri lanka and best places to see wild elephants, the beautiful park is a nature lovers delight. Jeep safaris through the dense forest are thrilling
Sigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kashyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning.
4. Pophams Arboretum
One of the most fascinating places to visit in Dambulla Sri Lanka, Pophams Arboretum is a paradise for nature lovers.
5. Pidurangala Vihara
Pidurangala Vihara is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Pidurangala village of Matale District, Sri Lanka. The temple was constructed on a massive rock called Pidurangala, which is located a few kilometers north of the historical fort Sigiriya.
6. Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs site is an ancient burial site located near Ibbankatuwa Wewa in Galewela DS, Sri Lanka. The site is believed to be belongs to the megalithic prehistoric and protohistoric periods of Sri Lanka and considered as one of the several ancient burial sites that have been found in the country. The site is situated on the Kurunegala – Dambulla road approximately five kilometers before Dambulla town. Currently the tomb site has been designated as an archaeological protected site in Sri Lanka.
7. Kalu diya Pokuna
Literally meaning pond with black water, this hiking trip is a rewarding experience for adventure & nature lovers as well as those seeking some quiet hours after theyve covered the touristy places to visit in Dambulla.
8. Buddhist Museum & Museum of Wall Paintings
There Dambulla rock temple you will be awed by the sight of a huge golden Buddha statue that marks the entrance to the Dambulla Museum.
9. Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium is a 30,000 seat cricket stadium in Sri Lanka. It is situated in the Central Province, close to Dambulla on a 60-acre (240,000 m²) site leased from the Rangiri Dambulla Temple, is the first and only International cricket ground in dry zone of Sri Lanka. The stadium is built overlooking the Dambulla Tank (reservoir) and the Dambulla Rock. The Stadium Construction took only 167 days.
10. Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre
Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre is located in Dambulla (DDEC), which is the main marketing center in. Matale District and also the second largest wholesale market in the in the country.
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