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Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla Holidays

Located right in the heart of the islands lush, green interior, Dambulla sits at the centre of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle. The area, thought to be inhabited from as early as the 7th to 3rd century BC, is now home to some Sri Lanka's finest hotels, most fascinating wildlife and much of its most spectacular scenery.

Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle

Cultural highlights in this region are abundant. One of the area's most famous attractions and a world Heritage Site is the Dambulla Rock Temple (also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla). Sitting on top of a hill, an impressive and intricate series of caves conceal statues and paintings related to Lord Buddha and his life, which date back to the 1st century BC. It's just one of a long list of places to visit on your Sri Lanka Holiday.

No visit to the island is complete without a trip to Sri Lanka's most famous palace. The region's skyline is dominated by a massive column of rock, standing proud at nearly 200 meters high; the Sigiriya Rock Fortress is one of Sri Lanka's 7 world heritage sites & one of its most popular tourist destinations. The rock sits encircled by lakes and dense jungle, the ruins of this ancient palace complex date back to the 5th century AD.

Plenty to do during your Dambulla holiday

On holiday in Dambulla you are perfectly located to explore the islands fascinating interior and sample some of Sri Lanka's greatest wonders, whilst still enjoying that relaxing and tranquil quality. Visit the ancient manmade lakes at Kandalama, the extraordinary ancient city of Polonnaruwa, once the island's medieval capital, or any one of the area many wildlife sanctuaries. With so much to do in our Dambulla hotels and such a lot to enjoy in the surrounding area, including an excellent variety of locally booked excursions, a Sri Lanka holiday in Dambulla would be the perfect choice.

Weather and Climate

Sri Lanka has a typically tropical climate, temperature and humidity (approx 70%) remain high all year round, although on the coast a light coastal breeze makes this heat comfortable. Inland, the heat is significantly reduced due to the higher altitude. Rainfall is highest in May, and in Oct/Nov. The south-western coast has higher rainfall than the rest of the country, although many people find this a refreshing break, generally this occurs in the afternoon and is accompanied by thunder. The highest rainfall occurs in May (371mm) and the lowest is Feb (69mm). There is an average of 6-8 hours of sunshine per day, all year round.

Sri Lanka Temperatures

Dambulla Highlights

  • Home to the Dambulla Cave Temple

Fact File

  • Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee
  • Average Flying time: 10½ - 14½ hours
  • Minimum temperature: 29°C
  • Maximum temperature: 31°C
  • Spoken Language(s): Sinhala, English
  • Visa (UK Passport Holders): Sri Lanka has introduced a compulsory visa for all visitors which can be issued before travel or on arrival. We would strongly recommend that these are purchased prior to travel either by calling "The Travel Visa Company" on 01270 250590 and quoting Mercury Holidays, who will be happy to arrange this for you at the cost of a visa plus a small admin fee or by going onto directly. (Children under the age of 12 will also require a visa and this can be done at the time of parents/guardians visa application)

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