Dambulla Rock Temple The Dambulla Rock Temple

is the largest painted Cave Temple in the world and built by King Walagamba in the 1 st century B.C. The ancient monument is located on the top of a 160 m high rock and contains 154 painted skulptures including the 15 m long skulpture of the dying Buddha. All wall- and ceilling paintings, mostly from the 15th-18th century, cover together 22000 sq.ft. The Rock Temple is a world heritage since 1991.

Route to Mahiyangana: When you travel by bus, you have to transfer either in Kandy or in Polonnaruwa. Travelling by car offers more possibilities. The ones via Kandy are described on the Kandy site.
Another very beautiful alternative route leads along the A 6 up to Alu Vihara (another Rock temple). After 3 km just before Matale, you turn left to the secondary road B 38, which passes Rattota and leads you through the unique beautiness of the Knuckles Range to Hettipola and Mahiyangana. This area is nearly unpopulated.
Distance: 150 km   Time: 3:30 h

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