Dambulla Cave Temple is Sri Lanka‘s largest and most preserved cave temple complex and more than 80 documented caves have been discovered in the surrounding areas. Dambulla Cave Temple is also known as Dambulla Golden Temple and also a World Heritage Site. The temple is spread over five caves and contains statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There is 153 statues of Buddha, 4 statues of kings of Sri Lanka and 4 statues of gods. Among them are the statues of gods Vishnu and Ganesha. The murals cover an area of 2100 square meters. The statues of kings include the statues of the kings Nissankamalla and Walagamba.
The largest of these five caves (the second cave) contains a slave of Buddha statues and statues of gods. More than 1,500 paintings of the Buddha have been painted covering the ceiling of another cave. There is also a cemetery with about 2700-year-old human skeletons.
During the inspection of the statues and paintings, you will notice that this shrine represents many eras of Sinhala sculpture and Sinhala art.