Bharti AXA TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel Guide to Dambulla Indian Embassy in Dambulla Indian Embassy nearest to Dambulla is located at 31 Rajapihilila Mawatha, P.O Box No 47, Kandy 20000 Phone: 812222652 Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Dambulla Original passport A photocopy of the first as well as the last page of the passport Confirmed air tickets Day-to-day itinerary Time required: 1-2 working days About the Location The city of Dambulla in Sri Lanka is just 5 hours from the bustling Colombo. It's the centre of vegetable distribution in the country. Located in the Matale District, Central Province, Dambulla is famous for the Dambulla Cave Temple. The area is believed to be inhabited from as early as the 7th to 3rd century BC. The statues and paintings present in the caves of this area date back to the 1st century BC. Places to Visit in Dambulla There are many exciting places to visit in Dambulla and around the city. Among them you should not miss the following: Dambulla Cave Temple: The golden temple is one of the largest and best-preserved temples of Sri Lanka. The caves around the temple are the major source of attraction and comprise of almost 153 statues of Gautam Buddha depicting his entire life and his struggles. It also consists of pictures, paintings and statues from the earlier period. These include the four sculptures of gods and the three attractive statues of the Kings of Sri Lanka. It is believed that before the arrival of Buddha, the caves were occupied by the native people of Sri Lanka as there are various burial sites here and human skeletons dated to be 2700 years old have also been found here. The interior of the caves is well maintained and are decorated with paintings of Buddha, Vishnu, and Ganesha. The temple consists of the five wonderful caves, constructed during the 1st century BC and covers a large area. One cave has a huge statue of Buddha that is 14 meter high and inscriptions from the same period are also found here. It is one of the best Dambulla points of interest and a world heritage site. Sigiriya Rock Fortress: Most travellers combine a visit to Dambulla cave with a visit to Sigiriya's ancient rock fortress. This 660-foot column of rock is located in the middle of a dense and green tropical forest and is called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. This ancient rock fortress was built by King Kasyapa to be the capital and house the royal palace. It is one of the prime tourist places in Dambulla. Popham's Arboretum: Popham's Arboretum is situated in Kandalama, Dambulla and its construction was started in 1963 when a person called Sam bought around 7.5 acres of jungle land to conserve the antique biological diversities of the Sri Lankan dry forest. Many tourists flock to visit this place every year to enjoy the scenic view and to know about the various species of the plants that are found here. You can see the valuable timber plants and the skills like tree surgery that are helpful in the growth of plants. The highlight of the Popham Arboretum are the plants such as Ebony, Helambu Palu, Milla, Satinwood, Weera, Ceylon Iron Wood(Na), Rathu, Tamarind, Velan, Margosa etc. This place remains open from 9 am to 5 pm and is closed on Wednesdays. Jathika Namal Uyana: It is also known as the pink quartz mountain of Asia. According to the archaeological researchers, the pink quartz was found in a massive amount at this place and dates back to 550 million years. It is basically a centre that preserves almost 120 species of tropical plants and trees, out of which 58 are medicinal herbs and plants that are often used to make medicines. The mountain also provides a home for 18 species of birds and some animals like deer, monkey, elephants, leopard etc. This place that has natural resources in abundance is of great geographical and historical value. Travellers can relish seeing the various inscriptions, the statues and stupas from the reign of king Devanampiyathissa all the way to the reign of King IV Dappula, and Bodhigara. The ironwood trees are a useful resource, used for the treatment of skin diseases, throat pain, nerve diseases, heart diseases, and also are a treat to the eyes. The national tree of Sri Lanka is ironwood as it originated here and has a height of about 1200mts from the sea level. These trees have beautiful bright red leaves, which later turn into deep green shades as they age. Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium is the only one and a first stadium that is located in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. This stadium is constructed overlooking the Dambulla rock and Dumbulla reservoir. Kandalama Lake: Hot air ballooning is one of the most popular things to do in Dambulla and appeals thousands of travellers from all over the globe. You are usually picked up from your hotel in the early hours, usually before sunrise, and dropped at the Kandalama Lake, which is the main take-off point. The flight one hour long, and gives you the most memorable experiences ever. During the flight, you will witness the lush green landscape of Sri Lanka along with the numerous heritage sites of Sigiriya and Dambulla. You can also spot the wildlife of Sri Lanka like elephants and water buffaloes from the sky. Minneriya National Park: A great way to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Sri Lanka is to take a jungle safari to Gilitale or Minneriya National Park. Both the national parks give you an opportunity to enjoy an unperturbed company of nature and its wonders. Here, you will get to see hundreds of elephants roaming around in all their glory. You can take a ride on the back of one of these elephants as well. The place is full of different kinds of flora and fauna that are really pleasant to witness. Also, you can have a wonderful time watching the 150 different types of the resident as well as migratory birds that are found here. The jungle safari is a combination of adventure and rejuvenation, which any activity-lover would love to do. How to Reach Dambulla Flights are available up to Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayaka, from where tourists can travel to Dambulla by bus or a hired car. Dambulla is approximately 45 kilometres from Gal Oya junction on the Eastern Railway Line. Whereas the distance from Matale on the Main Line is also the same. After you reach this place, you can reach Dambulla either by bus or a hired car. Sri Lanka boasts of having three deep-water ports. They are located in Galle, Colombo and Trincomalee. Kankesanturai is another harbour in Sri Lanka. After reaching any of these locations, visitors can travel to Dambulla either by bus or a hired car. Travelling in Dambulla Tuk-tuks (i.e. three-wheeler rickshaws) are available everywhere in the city, and it is a preferred mode of transportation within the city. There is the convenience of pickup service from your local hotel by air-conditioned, luxury vehicles also. It takes just an hour or two to tour the Dambulla cave temples so you can visit Sigiriya the same day. Bus to Sigiriya can be found from the Dambulla bus station. A tuk-tuk trip to Sigiriya is also convenient trip. Best Time to Visit Dambulla's climate is classified as tropical. Dambulla experiences very extreme weather, regarding heavy rainfall and increase in temperatures. The place experiences rainfall from April that continues until January. The best time to travel to Dambulla is between January and May, as the city experiences relatively reduced levels of rain during this period. December to March is the time when most foreigners visit the country to escape the harsh winters in the European and American subcontinent. What to Pack? Your packing list should include loose-fitting airy short sleeve tops and comfortable pants or capris. Generally, breathable, lightweight cotton or quick-dry clothing is best. While planning on heat, women should still do what they can to dress modestly in respect of Sri Lankan culture. If you are visiting temples, both genders will need long pants and sleeves. For the heat, remember sunscreen and a hat. Don’t forget to carry necessary medicines and an umbrella as it often rains there. Please carry mosquito repellants. Top Delicacies There is a government run “Traditional Foods Sales Centre”. It exists to preserve local traditional foods, but for the travellers, it's an excellent chance to do some culinary exploration. There are some more good restaurants within the city. There's nothing more common to eat as Sri Lankan food than a nutritious plate of rice and curry. Indian Restaurants in Dambulla Saman's Restaurant at Saman's Restaurant | Samans restaurant, Kandy Rd, Dambulla, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka. Serves Sri Lanka and Asian food. Call the restaurant at +94 66 2 284412 Gamini Hotel & Bakers at Cote Junction, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka. Serves Indian, Asian, and Sri Lankan cuisine. Call the restaurant at +94 77 609 6337 FreshTalk at Kurunegala Road, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka. Serves Southwestern, Chinese, and Sri Lankan cuisine. Call the restaurant at +94 76 944 9283 Shopping List Essentials Dambulla is a huge and modern market town which is considered a commercial hub of Sri Lanka’s North Central Province. The shopping streets are full of stores offering bicycles, household utensils a bewildering array of agricultural implements, and much more. You need to bargain a lot in the street markets, and it will be beneficial if any local accompanies you. Healthcare Centers Dambulla has decent medical facilities for any emergency. Dambulla Base Hospital, Dambulla Ayurveda Hospital, Jeyarthanapura Hospital etc. are places where you can find proper medical treatments. Colombo is not far away, and tourists can visit Colombo too for any medical need. Being a tourist it will always be recommendable to have health insurance to secure your medical emergencies. Emergency Contact Numbers Police Emergency Hotline: 118 / 119 Ambulance / Fire & rescue: 110 Accident Service-General Hospital: 011-2691111 Tourist Police: 011-2421052 Local Do’s & Don’ts Do’s Carry insect repellent Leave your valuables in the hotel safe Don’ts Don't drink the tap water Don’t take a selfie with Buddha Don’t wear shorts in public Basics of Local Communication The official languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil. Sinhala is the native language of the Sinhalese people, who constitute approximately 70 percent of Sri Lanka’s population. Tamil is Sri Lanka’s second official language. Majority of Sri Lankans are conversational in English, so you are unlikely to face communication issues. Sri Lankan English might not be entirely comprehensible to native English speakers due to the accent and words borrowed from local languages. If you are planning to visit Dambulla, you can surely keep in mind the following essential Sinhala Phrases: English Sinhala/Tamil Good Morning Subha udeasanak My Name is Ma-ge na-ma Where is Ko-he-dha Yes Owu No Nae Please Karu-nah-kara Sorry sa∙maa ven∙na How much is this Meka Kiyada Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Planning on an international trip? Take a look at our FAQ section that resolves commonly-asked queries on travel insurance. How do I benefit with Travel Insurance? Overseas travel insurance protects you when you are travelling in a foreign land. The insurance covers the expenses incurred during events like flight cancellation, illness, injury, misplaced baggage, loss of passport, etc. There would be financial reimbursement offered to cover the financial risk. Are Children and Senior citizens covered? 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