Dambulla is one of the most tranquil and scenic destinations where one can enjoy hours of meditation or peace. Dambulla Rock Cave Temples dating back to 2nd and 3rd Century BC was established as one of the largest rock monasteries including five magnificent caves that include images of various Gods and Goddesses that reminds of the Ajanta Caves in India.
The paintings of the ceilings intricate a pattern that follows a flow of religious images and happenings that holds a cultural and historical value towards ancient Ceylon and its civilizations. With a total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of various Gods and Goddesses, Dambulla Cave temple is well known for its reclining Buddha Statue. Best time to visit the caves is early morning or late afternoon and to try and avoid the hot sun whilst climbing the rock, it is best to be explored in the morning hours.