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Top 5 Places to Visit in Dambulla – Discover the much-visited sites and many more treasures!

Located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, Dambulla is famed for unique National Parks as well as several historical attractions and heritage sites attracting not only locals but visitors from around the world to marvel at natures beauty, ancient ingenuity, and absolute tranquillity.

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Visit the Minneriya National Park

A bounty of fauna and flora thrive at Minneriya complemented by large herds of Sri Lankan Elephants making this park a must-visit site for many visitors. The massive Minneriya Tank provides sustenance for these elephants and all species of fauna and flora, especially in the dry season. The park also serves as a temporary haven for migrant and native birds flocking around, making it an intriguing experience for visitors from Dambulla hotels.

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Climb up the Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya is a rock fortress encompassing ruins of an ancient palace, ponds, canals and other fortifications which sits on an enormous plateau of rock, nearly 400 metres above sea level giving it a vantage view of the surrounding lush jungles which is simply stunning. Also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a favourite attraction of visitors to properties such as Aliya Resort to climb to the top to experience the view as well as to marvel at the craftsmanship and creativity of a bygone era...

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Explore the Cave Temple of Dambulla

Protected by a massive overhanging rock, this cave temple is not one but five cave temples. Outstanding planning over many centuries can be observed in creating the shrines to permit devotees to worship with ample spaces and systematic movement from one cave to another. The multiple statues along the way, a giant statue of Lord Buddha carved in granite, and the beautiful imagery on the ceiling and walls of the caves bring to life historical Buddhist events as well as milestones in the life of Lord Buddha, making this UNESCO World Heritage Site one that is revered by Buddhists and admired and appreciated by other visitors. Observe the serenity of the devotees as you walk through the caves.

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Peak the Pidurangala Rock

Visit the Pidurangala Buddhist Temple to access the path to a brief hike up the Pidurangala Rock. A half an hour hike on boulders and somewhat steep steps through a forest take you up the rock offering you a panoramic view of the surroundings. It is a climb worth your effort if you are fit and adventurous, as the scenic beauty you behold from the top, including a captivating view of Sigiriya Rock Fortress is worth that climb, try capturing some images for great memories.

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A day at the Popham's Arboretum

This Arboretum in Dambulla is the only such one in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. A loving creation by Sam Popham, a British National and lover of trees, who later donated it to the Government of Sri Lanka. Experience the uniqueness of seeing a vast array of fauna and flora in their authentic setting. Take a stroll along the many winding footpaths, cross silvery streams, and be one with nature. The endless greenery, the cacophony of bird sounds, the heavenly smell of good earth will give you a sense of peace and tranquillity. To witness the wide array of fauna at their best, try a night walk or night safari arranged by the Arboretum.

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