Travel Guide to Dambulla Sri Lanka -2020​


Dambulla Cave Temple

This historic temple dates way back to the first century BCE and the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m (520 ft) over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of god and goddess. The latter four include two statues of Hindu gods, Vishnu and Ganesh. The murals cover an area of 2,100 m2. Depictions in the walls of the caves include Buddha’s temptation by demon Mara and Buddha’s first sermon.

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Geography of Dambulla Sri Lanka

Dambulla is the main town of the North of Matale District. It is approximately 156 kilometers south of Colombo and the 43 km (27 mi) north of Matale and 72 km (45 mi) north of Kandy. Due to its location at a major junction, it is the center of vegetable distribution in the country.

How to Reach Dambulla by Bus ?

Generally, buses from Colombo and Kandy starts it will take you to Dambulla If you journey from Colombo, it will take around 5 hours to reach Dambulla. On the other hand, if you take the Kandy to the Dambulla bus route, it will take around 2 hours as well.

How to Reach Dambulla by Train?

Take bus 187 From Airport to Colombo “Fort Railway Station” for around 100 Rupees. You can purchase a 2nd or 3rd class ticket to Dambulla when you arrive at the railway station the cost will be 1 to 3 $ and it will take 2 hours to reach Habaran. from Habarana you need to take a bus or taxi to Dambulla. Don’t expect to get a seat on this train as they are generally always packed. 

How to reserve railway ticket in Sri Lanka

Visiting Railway Stations from 30 days before the date of the journey.

Contact Person – Station Superintendent/ Station Master

  1. Colombo Fort Railway Station (Reservation Office) – 011-2432908
  2. Kandy Railway Station           – 081-2222271
  3. Anuradhapura Railway Station – 025-2222271
  4. Vauniya Railway Station         – 024-2222271
  5. Jaffna Railway Station           – 021-2222271

Dambulla weather

What is the Weather in Dambulla?

Dambulla weather is tropical in nature and it is influenced by monsoon winds. All most all the year, this place has a temperature is usually hot and humid throughout the year average temperature 20°C and 30°C. the coldest month is January average temperature is 29°C to 21°C.

Best time to visit Dambulla?

The busiest month for tourism in Dambulla, Sri Lanka in July, followed by August and January. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Dambulla in March. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Annual rainfall in Dambulla

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 94.8°F (34.9°C) and 90°F (32.2°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 10 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have hot weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the least precipitation with 0 to 3 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Dambulla, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 92°F (33.3°C) and 85.4°F (29.7°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 14 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

18 Places to visit in Dambulla & Around 2020

  1. Dambulla Cave Temple
  2. Pidurangala Rock
  3. Elephant Rides in Sigiriya
  4. Minneriya National Park
  5. Sigiriya
  6. Sigiriya Museum
  7. Pophams Arboretum
  8. Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre
  9. Buddhist Museum & Museum of Wall Paintings
  10. Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs
  11. Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
  12. Kaludiya Pokuna
  13. Royal Gardens
  14. Day tour to Anuradhapura
  15. Hurulu Forest Reserve
  16. Take a day tour to Polonnaruwa
  17. Jathika Namal Uyana
  18. Arangala Mountain Peak

Map of Dambulla