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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 4) Dambulla

Sri Lanka —  4) Dambulla

Dambulla is known for its Cave Temples which predate Christ.  Legend has it that a Sri Lankan King, driven out of Anuradhapura, found a hiding place and refuge within these caves.  When this king regained his throne he decreed the caves should be a shrine and began fashioning them into the temple complex you can visit today.  Subsequent kings progressively added to the shrine, including Buddha carvings and gilding the caves’ interior; the last additions were the interior paintings finished around 200 years ago, including over 1500 Buddha images.  As with most of the other ancient sites around Sri Lanka, Dambulla is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Most tourists who stop at Dambulla do so while traveling from …

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