Located in the Matale district, Dambulla is part of the cultural triangle and is home to the world famous Dambulla cave temples.
The cave temple complex that lies atop a massive hill on the edge of the town is one of the eight UNESCO world heritage sites in the country and is renowned for its unique mural paintings and sculptures.
The temples, which give this place celebrity, are parts of a vast cavern in the west side of the rock, at the height of about three hundred and fifty feet above the plain. There are five caves (shrine rooms) which are full of statues of Buddha and various personages of the Buddhist Order or History, over 150 Buddha images in total. All caves contain statues and paintings representing various epochs of Sinhalese sculpture and painting.