Find a place to stay nearby  🏨

Travel Guide of Dambulla in Sri Lanka by Influencers and Travelers


Dambulla is a town situated in the north of Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is the second largest population centre in district. It is situated 148 km north-east of Colombo, 43 km north of Matale and 72 km north of Kandy. Due to its location at a major junction, it is the centre of major vegetable distribution in the country.


The Best Things to Do and Visit in Dambulla


TRAVELERS TOP 10 :



1 - Dambulla Cave Temple

Learn more

Dambulla Cave Temple things to do in Dambulla Dambulla Cave Temple things to do in Dambulla



2 - Dambulla cave temple

Learn more

Dambulla cave temple things to do in Dambulla



3 - Safaris in Sigiriya

   14 km away

• Morning (5.30am) or afternoon (2pm) - arrange with guide after booking. • Hotel Pickup+and drop free of charge Habarana hotels and city area.. if go to kaudulla 10 dollars extra charges • 3 hour tour of Minneriya National Park • Comfortable Jeep • Maximum 5 people • English speaking guide • Water bottle included

Book this experience

Safaris in Sigiriya things to do in Dambulla



4 - Sigiriya

   14 km away

Sigiriya Airport is an air force base and domestic airport located in central Sri Lanka. Located near the city of Dambulla, the airport is also known as SLAF Sigiriya.

Learn more

Sigiriya things to do in Dambulla Sigiriya things to do in Dambulla



5 - Ancient City of Sigiriya

   15 km away
Learn more

Ancient City of Sigiriya things to do in Dambulla



6 - Archaeology Tours in Sigiriya

   14 km away

Anuradhapura (Sinhala: අනුරාධපුරය, romanized: Anurādhapuraya; Tamil: அனுராதபுரம், romanized: Aṉurātapuram) is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka and the capital of Anuradhapura District. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sinhala civilization. It was the third capital of the kingdom of Rajarata, following the kingdoms of Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara.

Book this experience

Archaeology Tours in Sigiriya things to do in Dambulla



7 - Pidurangala Rock

   16 km away
Learn more

Pidurangala Rock things to do in Dambulla Pidurangala Rock things to do in Dambulla



8 - Minneriya National Park

   26 km away

Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938.

View on Google Maps Book this experience

Minneriya National Park things to do in Dambulla



9 - Bird Watching in Sigiriya

   14 km away

The Sigiriya Village tour allows you to encounter traditional aspects of Sri Lanka with all its authenticity. You will get the opportunity to spend time with locals and take part in numerous village activities that structure regular day to day life in a village, for example, a bullock cart ride, a catamaran ride and a stroll through the paddy fields. Figure out how to prepare traditional Sri Lankan lunch. You will complete off with an exceptionally delicious lunch, served in Sri Lankan style. This will be your genuine Sri Lankan vacation experience.

Book this experience

Bird Watching in Sigiriya things to do in Dambulla



10 - Minneriya

   34 km away

Minneriya is a small town in Sri Lanka that is famous for two things — the great Minneriya lake built by King Mahasen and Minneriya National Park which is a hot spot for safari lovers because of its abundance of elephants.

Learn more

Minneriya things to do in Dambulla



11 - Kaudulla National Park

   38 km away

Kaudulla National Park is a national park on the island of Sri Lanka located 197 kilometres away from the largest city, Colombo. It was designated a national park on April 1, 2002 becoming the 15th such area on the island.

Learn more Book this experience

Kaudulla National Park things to do in Dambulla



12 - Wildlife Watching in Sigiriya

   14 km away

Enjoy getting an unforgettable experience by looking at the elephants of Minneriya national park, Kaudulla national park or Hurulu eco-park for around 5 hrs game drive. get a chance to enter inside of the wilderness to see the real habitat of wildlife that most famous for the largest elephant gathering of Asian elephants on the earth. This is the best opportunity to observe how elephants drink, feed and congregate with their herds and you will be able to see numerous species of birds, langurs, crocodiles wild boars. reserve your seats to feel the natural habitat of wildlife by thrilling in this game drive.

Book this experience

Wildlife Watching in Sigiriya things to do in Dambulla



13 - ගල් විහාරය - Gal Viharaya

   40 km away
Learn more

ගල් විහාරය - Gal Viharaya things to do in Dambulla



14 - Hot Air Balloon Rides in Sigiriya

   14 km away

(SKU: LK62210100) Get this amazing opportunity to go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride in Sri Lanka. Sail in the tranquil skies and enjoy the beautiful views of Kandalama and Dambulla. The tour is dependent on weather conditions. If you are staying at a hotel in a nearby city (Habarana, Kandalama, Sigiriya or Dambulla) you also receive a complimentary pickup from your hotel to the starting point.

Book this experience

Hot Air Balloon Rides in Sigiriya things to do in Dambulla




Disover the best Instagram Spots around Dambulla here


   Book Tours and Activities in Dambulla



Discover the best tours and activities around Dambulla, Sri Lanka and book your travel experience today with our booking partners




Pictures and Stories of Dambulla from Influencers

8 pictures of Dambulla from Agnieszka Kowalczyk, Brian Kyed, and other travelers


Why should you visit Dambulla ?


Travel to Dambulla if you like:

  🏰 Temple     🐾 Wildlife  


Learn More about Dambulla

Located 72km from Kandy, Dambulla is a fairly large town, which is considered as a "head market" specializing in distributing vegetables and agricultural products throughout the country. But that's not what makes this place a landmark. On the tourist map of Sri Lanka, the name Dambulla is almost associated with Cave Temple or Golden Temple - Cultural heritage recognized by Unesco in 1991.

A temple built inside large caves with countless large and small Buddha statues with meticulous and sophisticated drawings and sculptures on the walls and ceiling of the cave. It can be counted that there are a total of 5 caves with 153 Buddha statues, 03 statues of the kings of Sri Lanka, 04 statues of gods and goddesses. These caves are also known as shrine rooms and were built in different time periods, of which the fifth cave is considered to have the least historical value because it was built last. To fully understand the meaning and historical value of this attraction, visitors can hire an on-site guide to follow the explanations. Hang Pagoda used to sell entrance tickets for visitors, about $15, but recently this regulation has been abolished. Visitors to the temple do not have to pay any fees.

To get to Cave Temple, just go to the bus station (there are many bus stops in Kandy, so please specify where to go so the driver can take you to the right stop), find a car with a sign to go to Dambulla and then climb up. , the price is about 100 rupees/person/turn. The pagoda is located right off the road, opposite a green park. The road from Kandy to here is very beautiful, there are passages like in a fairy tale, when the ancient trees on both sides of the road fall head-to-head into a green arch and turn the road into a sunlit tunnel.













   Where to Stay in Dambulla


Discover the best hotels around Dambulla, Sri Lanka and book your stay today with our booking partner booking.com


Booking.com

   More Travel spots to explore around Dambulla

Click on the pictures to learn more about the places and to get directions



Discover more travel spots to explore around Dambulla

  🏰 Temple spots     🐾 Wildlife spots  



  Travel map of Dambulla

Explore popular touristic places around Dambulla





   Book Flights to Dambulla, Sri Lanka

  • Share This Travel Guide

Book a Hotel in Dambulla

Booking.com