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Rangiri Dambulu raja maha viharaya also famous as a rock cave temple and this is the largest rock cave temple in Sri Lanka.The place is located in Matale district by the kandy-jaffna (A9) main road, 2km away from the Dambulla town towards Kandy and the center of cultural triangle of Anuradhapura,Polonnaruwa and Kandy.
Located at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level rises a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla of 600 feet high and over 2000 feet in length.
This temple complex dates back to the first century BCE.According to chronicles this rock cave temple had first been constructed during the rein of king Wattagamini Abhaya also known as King Walagamba.The Dambulla cave monastery is still functional and remains the best-preserved ancient edifice in Sri Lanka.
There are 80 caves in the surrounding area and major attractions are spred over five caves.Those are “Devaraja lena”,”Maharaja lena”,”Maha aluth viharaya” and “Paschima viharaya”.These all caves contain Buddha’s statues and colourfull paintings related to Buddha’s life and there are over 153 Buddha’s statues there.This place is same like Aluvihara rock cave temple in Matale.
In the evening time we can see some beautiful scenes of the nature like colourfull sunset and various behave moments of monkeys etc.The breeze after the sunset brings a great inspiration and this is very best place to relaxing the mind after sun goes down.