The decision to go on vacation is usually accompanied by a lot of preparations in order to make the time as fun and as relaxing as possible. The location is the first issue that one tackles as it sets the pace for the preparation stage. This is also what determines the budget for the trip in relation to the costs that come with travel, accommodation and fun tourist activities. The latter is usually the essence of the vacation thus finding the right spots is paramount even when travelling for business.
Dambulla is a city in Sri Lanka that is rife with such spots that are full of culture and historic connotations. Its accessibility via road makes it’s perfect for tourist both local and international to throng its streets to experience it. Its location is also perfect as a stopover as it is situated between the towns of Kandy and Polonnaruwa. The weather is also good with high temperatures and rainfall being common. This depends on the time of year you visit thus be sure to cross check for the best time. Sri Lankan visas aren’t hard to get and can be arranged easily and fast by your travel agency.
Dambulla Cave Temple/The Rock Temple
If you’re into Asian history and cave exploration, then you will love these well preserved caves that have been standing for centuries. Accessible by road, they are undoubtedly the largest caves in Sri Lanka and also house the Golden Temple Museum is enough to make your trip worthwhile. With dated paintings and statues of ancient Buddhist that clearly illustrate the life of Buddha, these attractions will keep you awed.
They are purported to have been the work of monks who carved them with their hands many centuries ago. With over 150 statues in over 5 caves to be sampled, you will be occupied as you delve into this religion in a historic way. Pilgrims are also common here as they come to pay homage to their high priests temple. A monastery for monks is still housed in one of the caves. Tickets are sold at the gate and you can explore by yourself or hire a tour guide for a deeper understanding.
Dambulla International Cricket Stadium
Located Dambulla near the rocks, this stadium is famed for the international cricket matches it hosts. It seats around 30,000 people and if you are into cricket can catch a match at this unique venue. Fixtures are available online thus you can get tickets to enjoy the sport during your vacation.
Dambulla caves can keep you enthralled to the point of forgetting to take a good look around you. To amend this, after the tour of the museum, take a pause at the stairs and take a look around you. From this vantage point, you can see the panoramic landscape of the plains stretching before you. This spot is good for relaxation and will allow you to reflect on the ancient rich culture that you have witnessed. You might witness some rare lizards common in this area.