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"One step at a time!" Sri Lanka Things to Do Tip by RAINBOWWINGS

Sri Lanka Things to Do: 539 reviews and 890 photos

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Yep one step at a time cos theres 360 of them up to the stunning temples of Dambulla in the heart of Sri Lanka. Not being one for step excersises I really didnt want to face this climb up thru lush jungle to the top of this amazing rock where there are approx 80 caves, and altho the buddhist monks use most of them for meditation, there are five that are filled with statues and paintings and some Hindu statues that date back to the 12th century ,so if it hadnt been for our driver encouraging me with a helping hand under my arm, I would never had made it and that would have been a great loss for this is a truly magical place. Dambulla is on the main Kandy-Sigirya road about 72kms from Kandy and close to the Iron Wood Forest with trees that had been planted in the 10th century and are now petrified into iron. Also close by is the Rose Quartz Mountain, the biggest in Southern Asia where deposits of rose, violet and white quartz dating back over 500 million years can be found. A huge Buddha stands guard over the entrance to this climb and was only half built when we went but is now finished and is absolutely stunning.

Address: Dambulla.

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  • Updated Apr 19, 2006
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