In a country where many magnificent temples were created, of most were destroyed by time and invaders Dambulla stands out special as its preserved unbelievably throughout centuries, with an impressive 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses spread over 5 caves at the massive rock towering over 160 meters with a breath taking view of the surrounding from the entrance to the temple. Dambulla dating back to 01st century BC was declared a world heritage site in 1991 by UNESCO and recent excavations have found more than 80 caves that is documented to have existed in the area, along with a prehistoric burial site with skeleton remains dating over 2700 years back at a close by Location named Ibbankatuwa. All the Buddha statues in the temple was plated in gold at one point of time giving it the name “Golden Temple of Dambulla” where with some statues the gold plating is still visible. Another unique feature is the well preserved murals covering an area of 2,100 square meters where one cave has over 1,500 paintings of Buddha covering the ceiling. This is considered a must visit site of any tourist visiting the cultural triangle area of the country.