Dambulla is a big town located in the Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka, situated 148 km north-east of Colombo. It was originally known as Dhamballai with scientific evidence of pre-historic civilisations inhabiting the area dating back to 2700 years. It is the centre of vegetable distribution in the country. Dambulla is known for the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka built in 1st Century BC by King Valagambahu The Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium holds a record for construction having been built in just 167 days. The cave temple complex is decorated with Murals, Inscriptions and many statues and among them a colossal rock cut recumbent Buddha. Dambulla also boasts of the largest rose quartz mountain range in whole of South Asia besides the Iron wood forest (Na Uyana Aranyaya).
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Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 km east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. It is said to have more than 80 caves in the surrounding area. The cave temple complex is decorated with murals, Inscriptions, paintings and many statues and among them a colossal rock cut recumbent Buddha. There are over 150 Buddha statues, few statues of Sri Lankan kings and some statues of gods and goddesses.