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Dambulla’s famed rock cave temple is an iconic Sri Lankan image – you’ll be familiar with its spectacular Buddha-filled interior long before you arrive in town. Despite its slightly commercial air, this remains an important holy place and should not be missed.

The town of Dambulla is congested with heavy traffic heading for one of Sri Lanka's biggest wholesale markets. Consider visiting the site as a day trip from the more relaxing environs of Kandy or Sigiriya.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Dambulla.