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Breathtakingly, Dambulla. – Travel Sri Lanka

Standing proudly at a high ascension in the central hills of tropical Sri Lanka, with blue skies and a blissful sun that warms you up, Dambulla is one of the most historical and architecturally advanced places in the country. Enriched with history, Dambulla is home to rich Theravada Buddhism, and therefore it’s adorned with many temples and cave aramas (stay-in temples). With breathtaking paintings that awes you for its intricate nature, vibrant colors with in-built dagobas, it’s definitely home to Sri Lankan artistry.

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla has a rich history that runs back to as early as the prehistoric period. With the findings of the Ibbankatuwa Prehistoric burial site near Dambulla, analysis shows that this place had been occupied long before the arrival of Buddhism. There’s been more evidence of a stable civilization that was backed by agriculture.

Dambulla-Rock temple

Dambulla-Rock temple

It also gives evidence to being inhibited as early as the 3rd century BC. The creatively built statues and paintings that adorn the caves are said to date back to the 1st century BC. It’s also found out that some of these paintings and statues were repaired and repainted in the 11th, 12th and 18th century AD.

Dambulla-caves

Dambulla-caves

The history trial leads to King Walagamba who was escaping the Cholas who occupied the country after a war, had found refuge in these temples by the Buddhist monks who were meditating in these caves. After regaining the throne in Anuradhapura, he erected magnificent, iconic rock temples to offer his gratitude to the monks in Dambulla. With these incredible historical monuments standing proud, you can visit Dambulla, Sri Lanka and take an adventure back to historical times!

Weather and Distance to Dambulla

Dambulla is blessed with a warm sun that shines bright at most times. There are times for summer showers that fall, but mostly it’s very sunny! You’ll love the tropical feels!

Route from Colombo to Dambulla

Route from Colombo to Dambulla

Dambulla stands 148 kid away from the current capital, Colombo, and 72kms away from Kandy, the central province.

Sights in Dambulla

  1. Visit the Royal Rock Temple

History running back to the times of King Walagamba, (Vattagamani Abaya) this iconic, mind blowing creation lies in a high ascension, with a panoramic view. This temple was erected by the King, and he has had the interior of the caves carved into majestic rock temples. This is home to the cave temples and is visited by tourists and locals. It’s a very spiritually cleansing place and also a very beautiful place.

Rock temple. Dambulla

Rock temple. Dambulla

  1. Dambulla Cave Temples

The five beautiful caves (shrines) in Dambulla are adorned by statues of the Lord Buddha and various venerable personalities according to Buddhist faith. There are 150 Buddha images. These caves are intricately decorated with immaculate paintings that are of different influences and time periods. The sculptures and the architectural standpoint of these caves are incredible, and the craftsmanship is highly reflected.

  1. Cave No.1 (Deva Raja Viharaya)

Known as the temple of the King of Gods for it’s believed that the Sakka (King among Gods) helped with the final touches for this cave, it has the image of the Parinibbana (the last moment) of the Lord Buddha. The technique that’s been used for this is elaborate and there’s extreme attention to detail that is simply is breathtaking. There are ceiling paintings that are now quite damaged due to incense but you can still see traces.

Deva Raja Vihara

Deva Raja Vihara

  1. Cave No.2 (Maha Raja Viharaya)

This is the most impressive and the largest standing caves with an archway at the opening portal, with guardians of stone. This is known as the Maha Raja Viharaya because of the Vattagamani Abaya Kings influence.

Cave temple No.1

Cave temple No.1

The cave is vibrantly painted across 172 feet. There are 53 images of the Buddha, each slightly different from the other.

The main center of it is the standing Buddha with the abaya mudra exuding loving kindness to all.

  1. Cave No.3 (Maha Aluth Viharaya)

The Great New Temple was erected in the temples of King Kirti Sri Rajasinga with new paintings and renovations. The cave is about 90 feet long, 81 feet wide, and is decorated with vibrant colors of frescoes of numerous Buddhist events. The tradition of art which is of the Kandyan period.

Cave No.3

Cave No.3

  1. Cave No.4 (Paschima Viharaya)

The fourth temple is about 54 feet long and 26 wide with 10 statutes of the Buddha. The figure of the Buddha in the dhyana position reflects the fine preservation and brilliant skills.

Cave No,4

Cave No,4

  1. Cave No.5

The end of the great caves, this possesses beautiful paintings and statues that adorn the place as well. The influence is derived from the Kandyan period is artistically displayed.

Cave No.5

Cave No.5

 

  1. Visit the Dambulla Museum

With paintings and preserved artifacts that you’d be amazed to see, you can visit the museum to see witness the past. With findings about the prehistoric times as well as the latter part of the Kingdoms of Sri Lanka, Dambulla museum is a very interesting place to visit! You’ll learn so much and it’ll be a new enriching experience!

  1. Visit the Rose Quartz Mountain Range!

Looking for an adventurous hike?! Well, you can visit South Asia’s largest Rose Quartz mountain range. Renowned as a world heritage site, it has 7 beautiful mountains of rose hold. The beauty of these Quartz Mountains is accentuated with misty films that surround them in a pink glow. It’s also said that Emperor Shah Jahan imported these rose quartz for the incredible monument, Taj Mahal.

Rose Quartz Mountains, Dambulla

Rose Quartz Mountains, Dambulla

  1. The Golden Temple

Yes, this is a temple of gold. With statutes of gold, this place is a must-see! It has a Buddhist statue in the dhammachakra mudra and the architectural designs and paintings are of modern design. You can compare and contrast the different if you make your trip here!

Golden temple, Dambulla

Golden temple, Dambulla

 

Where to stay in Dambulla

Dambulla offers a number of accommodation options to suit you! With great hotels and resorts in the area, you can choose whatever you like. From as low 10$ to 5 star hotels ready to accommodate you, it’s your choice to suit your budget!

Kandalama, Dambulla

Kandalama, Dambulla

 

Food

Dambulla offers authentic Sri Lankan food enriched with spices and incredible flavor you’ll fall in love with! You’ll definitely want to take the recipe home!

Food- Sri Lankan

Food- Sri Lankan

Dambulla is a place you must visit to see the grandeur of Sri Lankan culture and heritage. Do visit this place and gain experience like no other! Visit Sri Lanka today!

Want a more tropical adventure? Try Nilaveli, Sri Lanka!

 

Unawatuna ,simple paradise – Travel to Sri Lanka

One of the most renowned beaches in Sri Lanka with sapphire waves kissing the blissful golden shores, and winds flying through the tall palms, Unawatuna is breathtaking. Ideal for surfing and a halcyon for water sport freaks, Unawatuna stand proudly in the South of the country. Rich in biodiversity, it possesses Kadolana mangroves that adorn the place. With a number of shipwrecks and coral reefs, this is one of the best diving spots as well! With a variety of vibrantly colored schools of fish, and turtles that swim by, and dolphins you occasionally visit, this is an incredible destination.

Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Renowned as one of the twelve best beaches in the world, Unawatuna is definitely beautiful. With the turquoise waters shining, the beach is an incredible place for water sports and fun activities! You can go diving or surfing! Surfing classes are available here for beginners so it’s assured to be a fun experience for you! Go parasailing; kayaking, sailing and you can even embark on an adventure with the fishermen of the area! Get to know the livelihood and experience a completely new and exciting opportunity!

Diving-Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Diving-Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

 

Weather and Distance to Unawatuna

Unawatuna has a sunny climate with the bright sun blissfully shining most of the time! You can get a tan anytime of the year, and the warm air around the beach will be cooled down by the cold waves hitting on you!

Route from Colombo to Unawatuna

Route from Colombo to Unawatuna

Unawatuna stands 129 km away from the current capital, Colombo. It takes around 2h to reach the place via the Southern Expy/E01.

 

What to do in Unawatuna

  1. Go be a water sports freak!

Unawatuna is indeed home to many water sports, and is celebrated wildly! Diving amount the brilliantly colored fish, parasailing on the luscious waves, kayaking against the waves, are certainly most exciting! Sail through the waves and you can also go on a fishing adventure with the local fishermen! You can also hire motorboats that can take you around the beach, and it will be an amazing experience! Go jump in the exquisitely blue waters and swim amongst the fish and turtles! You may also go on an expedition to watch dolphins and whales in the deeper parts of the ocean!

Unawatuna-Beaches

Unawatuna-Beaches

  1. Scuba dive!

On the more extreme sports side, you can try out scuba diving in the gorgeous ocean! You can swim for long periods underwater with the vividly vibrant fish and the corals that illuminate with the sunlight! You’ll be mesmerized at the beauty of the reefs because they are very appealing and beautiful to the eye. Once you’re under the ocean, you’ll never want the come back up!

Diving-Unawatuna

Diving-Unawatuna

  1. Take a fishing class!

Yes, you can go fishing with the local fishermen of Unawatuna and take part in their daily activities as well! This will be a very enriching experience for you! Learning how hard these people earn their livelihood will teach you some lessons about life and you’ll get a chance to cook the fish you caught! How incredible is that?!

  1. Yoga by the beach

Relax and unwind during your trip to Unawatuna, so take up a class that’ll teach you yoga! It’ll be extremely nice to do some yoga in front of the rising sun, more of a spiritual destination in your life. It will be peaceful and beautiful. A memory to cherish for a lifetime!

  1. Visit the mangrove sanctuary!

Go check out the lush Kadolana plantation that is a prized mangrove sanctuary. It’s a bio diverse environment that is home to many swampy creatures like crab, snail as well as a whole lot of avifauna. Take a walk down the sanctuary and relax by the sounds of the nature.

Mangroves

Mangroves

Places to stay

Unawatuna is home to a number of sophisticated hotels that are unique and interesting! You can choose from a wide variety, as it ranges from very cheap motels to 5 star restaurants. The hotels here are some of the best in Sri Lanka, and feature a lot of onsite water sports and expeditions you can embark on! Choose any hotel that fits your budget!

Unawatuna beach resort

Unawatuna beach resort

Food

Unawatuna has a very rich seafood related cuisine. It’s more of a combination of Sri Lankan authentic dishes with seafood of all kinds. This result in incredible dishes with mouth watering spices and definitely some recipes you’d want to take home with you!

CocoBay hotel

CocoBay hotel

 

Unawatuna is a gorgeous travel destination that you’ll love! So visit Sri Lanka and see the stunning beaches!

Want to visit somewhere historical? Try Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Sinharaja, lush paradise – Travel Sri Lanka

Sinharaja, the Lion King of Sri Lanka, is a beautiful tropical paradise, filled with thousands of species of endemic fauna and flora and panoramic sceneries. Renowned for its stunning ecosystems and rich diversity, it’s a World Heritage site as declared so by the UNISEF. It is cradled by Napola stream, Koskuluna River, Maha stream, Gin River, Kakanduwa stream, Kudawa River, Beverley Tea Estate and Denuwa Mountain, so it’s a flourished region with complex diversity. Sinharaja is the most popular rainforest in the country, and is a beautiful travel destination to embark on. You can explore the lush forest and examine a number of different species, and head on an adventure like never before!

Sinharaja, Sri Lanka

You can have the best hike of your life, trekking the tropical rainforest with tall gigantic trees shading you from the bright sun, and efflorescent blooms scenting the air, and avifauna singing their songs for you! Walk through the evanescence of the lush forest, watch the cool waters flow through in ripples. Visit this magical place through Travel Sri Lanka!

Weather and Distance to Sinharaja

Sinharaja is in the wet zone of the country, but it’s blessed with warm sunrays and blissful summer showers at times. The months of August and September and January to April are the dry months and the best time to visit this beautiful place.

Weather in Sinharaja

Sinharaja stands proudly in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, 6h away from Colombo, the current capital.

Map - Colombo to Sinharaja

What to do in Sinharaja

  1. Hike!

Take a hike through is breathtaking forest, and step into an amazing ecosystem that is Sinharaja. The full grown ferns and moss give the place an ancient, magical temperament as birds just fly over your heads with glee. Find beautiful flowers that bloom over your heads and the light petals that make a carpet of sweet smelling intricacy.

Canopy of trees- Sinharaja

 

Find amazing moments that you become one with nature, and may stunning things to Instagram!

  1. Take a bath in a tropical river!

Sri Lanka is rich with cool streams that run throughout the country and Sinharaja is definitely not an exception! These waters shall refresh you and you can have a great time examining the creatures alongside the rivers as well.

Gin River- Sinharaja

  1. Take photos of some birds and wildlife!

Sinharaja is home to a large number of species, and is a cradle of lush wildlife. Large mammals such as Sri Lankan leopards, Spotted dear, Sri Lankan Elephants and Wild boars make it an exciting safari for you! Also you get to witness an incredible amount of avifauna, some you haven’t ever seen in your life!
Sri Lankan Leopard- Sinharaja

  1. Visit the Kiruwananaganga Falls

One of the most beautiful waterfalls is in Sri Lanka; this destination is something you wouldn’t want to miss! The white mist from the cool fall is a stunning sight.

 

  1. Climb to the Rock temple!

It’s one of the most iconic structures that stand in Kotapola. Centuries of years old, it has a stunning view and would be a very spiritually cleansing experience.

Where to stay while traveling to Sinharaja, Sri Lanka

There are many hotels ready to accommodate you, with ranging prices so you can choose whatever that suits your budget! There are also several bungalows that have incredible picturesque scenery, and all government bungalows have to book with the forest department. Also, the best of them all, you can stay in a village house as well! It’s cheap as well as very enjoyable as you get to experience a whole new thing!

Places to stay in Sinharaja

Rainforest edge Sinharaja

Food

You can get some incredible Sri Lankan food here, filled with the best of spices in the world! You probably with fall in love!

Food Sinharaja

TIP : Looking for a sun kissed vacation? Try Arugambay Sri Lanka.
In conclusion, Sinharaja is an enchanting place that you must check out! So book now with Travel Sri Lanka and embark on an incredible adventure!

 

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