Dambulla caves, another World Heritage site, is the largest and best preserved cave temple in Sri Lanka .
Dating from around 1st century BC, its situated 160m high, up a series of hot stone steps. The complex consists of 5 caves, each with fabulous stone Buddha statues and paintings, some of which are nearly 2000 years old, others from 300 years ago.
The entrance at the base has a huge golden buddha perching on a somewhat aesthetically challenging building, whose frangipani petal adornments look substantially like rows of ill kept teeth.
In the baking midday sun, we found the experience slightly underwhelming, although for those with more knowledge and interest in Buddhism or the paintings, I’m sure it would have been much more worthwhile.