Dambulla cave temples
Dambulla, with a history going back to the 1st century B.C., is a World Heritage Site located 72 kilometres north of Kandy, close to the area known as the 'Cultural Triangle'. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rocky outcrop where the caves are found towers some 160 metres over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area; Dambulla itself comprises 5 main caves, full of paintings and statues related to Lord Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of Hindu gods and goddesses. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square metres.