Dambulla is situated in the core of the Cultural Triangle, just in the centre, where th roads from Anuradhaparu and Polonnaruwa and Kandy meet, which are the "three corner stones" of the Cultural Triangle. Dambulla's Cave Temple is a World Heritag Site in itself. But there are many more heritage sites of interest in the surroundings. The fifth World Heritage Site of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle, is in only 18 km distance of Dambulla.
Here is a list of these and some additional smaller attractions in the Dambulla area:
Dambulla's Golden Temple, Rangira Raja Maha Viharaya, is the best example of a typical Sinhalese cave temple, decorated with hundreds of statues and marvellous Kandyan style paintings.
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Sigiriya is Sri Lanka's most visited heritage site due to the spectacular setting of the rock palace and the unimaginable beauty of the ancient murals called "cloud damsels".
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Pidurangala is the little-known neighbouring rock of Sigiriya, where the monastery of King Kassapa was situated. The view from the top is even more spectaculat than in Sigiriya.
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Kandalama Wewa is a restored ancient water reservoir, which is now the perfect location of two of the best hotels in Sri Lanka's heritage region which is called "Cultural Triangle" now.
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Kaludiya Pokuna is both a religious and a nature sanctuary, with an abundance in bird species. Romantically situated ruins of an ancient monastery are the main attraction.
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There are three huge rock-cut recling Buddhas from the Polonnaruwa period, the smallest one is that in Bakuma, which is less famous and therefore rarely visited.
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Minneriya National Park is world-famous for the annual "Elephant Gathering" of herds of up to 300 of these impressive animals bathing in the lake called Minneriya Wewa.
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Namal Uyana is a sacred place with two attractions for nature lovers, South Asia's largest rose quartz deposit and the island's most exciting iron wood forest, i.e. Palu fruit trees.
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Menikdena is the location of a typical example of a systematically planned monastic complex from the late Anuradhapura period. The area serves also as an arboretum.
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Nalanda Gedige is Sri Lanka's best preserved temple built of natural stone and the only place on the island where you can find ancient depictions of sexual intercourse.
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