Dambulla - The Ancient Place

In the heart of Sri Lanka’s people, Dambulla town is well-known for its impressive Dambulla Cave Temple which is the largest, well-preserved, cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. This is considered a place that people used for Buddhist worship for over 2,000 years and it is formed of five cave sanctuaries along with most precious and sacred Buddha images. Apart from the temple, beautiful places like Rose Quartz Mountain, Iron Wood Forest would be ideal selections for travellers in our best Dambulla tours.

Dambulla travel guide information

Dambulla Quick Facts

Situated in the Matale District, Central Province, it takes around 5 hours from Sri Lanka’s capital – Colombo to visit Dambulla.

Dambulla is well-known amongst locals and travellers for its outstanding Dambulla Cave Temple which is the largest, well-preserved complex in this country.

Dambulla Cave Temple comprises of five cave sanctuaries and a cave monastery and over 80 documents caves as well as paintings and sculptures of Lord Buddha.

Apart from its magnificent Cave Temple, Dambulla still owns many other beautiful places (e.g., Rose Quartz Mountain, Iron Wood Forest and the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium) that you should visit and explore.

Best time to visit Dambulla, sri lanka

Dambulla is a year-round destination that has temperature only between 24°C and 30°C. While June to September has low rainfall and be the driest months. This will be the best time to visit Dambulla for sightseeing with clear blue skies. The warmest time of the year is April that the temperature can go up to 35°C in the daytime and dropping below 24°C at night.

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The Best Dambulla Private Tours For You

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7Days

Sri Lanka Classic Tour

Negombo → Dambulla → Kandy → Nuwara Eliya → Colombo
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Take your time relaxing in the tranquil vibes of Negombo town

Climb up the Pidurangala Rock to see the magical views of Sri Lankan countryside and plains at sunset

Wander around the incredibly ancient buildings and ruins in the royal kingdom of Polonnaruwa

Go for a half-day safari at Minneriya National Park with chances of spotting wild animals

Admire the jaw-dropping sights and features of the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Explore around the UNESCO-protected city of Kandy and its celebrated Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, Dalada Maligawa

Visit Nuwara Eliya, the Little England of Sri Lanka, with green tea plantations, beautiful waterfalls, and picturesque mountain ranges

Enjoy a wonderful night walk through Colombo’s favourite spots like Galle Face Green, Pettah market or Roof top bar

Savor many famous traditional dishes of Sri Lanka during the tour

Negombo → Dambulla → Kandy → Nuwara Eliya → Colombo
9Days

Explore the best sights of Sri Lanka

Colombo → Dambulla → Kandy → Mandaramnuwara → Nuwara Eliya → Yala National Park → Negombo
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Go for a real Srilankan village experience in Dambulla with a tuk tuk/bullock cart trip, and boat ride on a local lake

Marvel at the awe-inspiring sights of Sigiriya Fortress or the Lion Rock

Get up close to the Buddhist relics, Shiva Temples and ruins of the ancient city Polonnaruwa

Explore the famous rock monastery of Dambulla with cave temples and hundreds of Buddha statues

Admire the massive architecture of Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Tooth of Buddha

Take a relaxing stroll around the royal botanical gardens of Peradeniya

Learn how to pluck tea leaves and see the process of making tea in Mandaramnuwara

Wander around the tranquil town of Nuwara Eliya, noted for Victorian villas, hilly tea plantation and Ravana Falls

Have a full day of exploring Yala National Park by jeep with plenty of wildlife encounters

Visit the old Dutch Fort of Galle with many outstanding landmarks and nice beach views

Colombo → Dambulla → Kandy → Mandaramnuwara → Nuwara Eliya → Yala National Park → Negombo
10Days

Best Sri Lanka Family Trip

Colombo → Galle → Tissamaharama → Yala National Park → Bandarawela → Kandy → Dambulla → Negombo
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Visit the old Dutch Fort of Galle with many outstanding landmarks and nice beach views

Have the best chances of watching whales and dolphins in their natural habitat in Mirissa

Enjoy a fun jungle safari in Yala National Park with plenty of wildlife encounting opportunities

Stop by Ella town for stunning views of Ravana Falls and Small Adams Peak

Be immersed in the serene and tranquil atmosphere of Nuwara Eliya town

Admire the massive architecture of Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Tooth of Buddha, in Kandy

Take a relaxing stroll around the royal botanical gardens of Peradeniya and the spice garden of Matale

Explore the famous rock monastery of Dambulla with cave temples and hundreds of Buddha statues

Go for a real Srilankan village experience in Habarana with a tuk tuk/bullock cart trip, and boat ride on a local lake

Marvel at the awe-inspiring sights of Sigiriya Fortress or the Lion Rock

Get up close to the Buddhist relics, Shiva Temples and ruins of the ancient city Polonnaruwa

Embark on a boat trip exploring Muthurajawela wetlands’ diverse ecosystem

Colombo → Galle → Tissamaharama → Yala National Park → Bandarawela → Kandy → Dambulla → Negombo
12Days

Unforgettable Honeymoon in Sri Lanka

Colombo → Waskaduwa → Embilipitiya → Ella → Kandy → Dambulla → Passikudah → Negombo
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Visit the old Dutch Fort of Galle with many outstanding landmarks and nice beach views

Hop on an eco boat ride for bird watching tour in Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary

Have a fun safari exploring Udawalawe National Park and Udawalawe elephant transit home with plenty of wildlife encounters

Stop for stunning views of Ravana Falls and walking to Small Adams Peak at the sunset

Experience the inspiring train trip from Ella to Nanuoya, named one of the most beautiful in the world

Wander around the English country town of Nuwara Eliya, noted for Victorian villas, hilly tea plantation and rose gardens

Explore the cultural highlights of Kandy, including the Temple of the Tooth of Buddha and a Kandyan cultural dance show

Take a relaxing stroll around the royal botanical gardens of Peradeniya, and the spice garden in Matale

Admire the famous rock monastery of Dambulla with cave temples and hundreds of Buddha statues

Go for a real Srilankan village experience in Habarana with a tuk tuk/bullock cart trip, and boat ride on a local lake

Marvel at the awe-inspiring sights of Sigiriya Fortress or the Lion Rock

Get up close to the Buddhist relics, Shiva Temples and ruins of the ancient city Polonnaruwa

Enjoy romatic time relaxing on the pristine beaches of the Island Passikudah

Colombo → Waskaduwa → Embilipitiya → Ella → Kandy → Dambulla → Passikudah → Negombo
14Days

Feel the Real Sri Lanka

Negombo → Dambulla → Anuradhapura → Kandy → Ella → Yala National Park → Unawatuna
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Join a boat ride in the Negombo Lagoon by catamaran to see local fishing villages and markets

Admire the famous rock monastery of Dambulla with cave temples and hundreds of Buddha statues

Experience the unique accommodation in Habarana, a Watch Hut built on top of a Tree

Go for a real Sri Lankan village experience with many stops at local homes (Blacksmith, Saaree viewing family, Cookery session,…)

Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Pidurangala Rock for a history discovery and beautiful sunset views

Dip into the cultural life in the UNESCO-listed town Kandy with visits to renowned places and local schools

Board the scenic train ride from Kandy to Ella through misty mountains and lush green tea plantations

Free to explore Ella’s highlights, like hiking to Ella Rock, trekking to Little Adams Peak, or visit to Rawana Falls

Enjoy a thrilling safari in Yala National Park with plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities

Get close to the mighty blue whales and dolphins in Mirrisa

Take short city tours around the beautiful colonial town of Galle and the commercial capital city Colombo

Negombo → Dambulla → Anuradhapura → Kandy → Ella → Yala National Park → Unawatuna

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