Located about 19 kms from Sigiriya, Dambulla is home to the Dambulla Cave Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dambulla lies approximately 148 kilometers (roughly 91 miles) to the Northeast of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. It is renowned the world-over for the presence of the Iron Wood Forest, and the Rose Quartz Mountain Range. Dambulla provides historical adventures and breathtaking sights in a region UNESCO has designated the Cultural Triangle. The city is a unique and important historical site because of the amalgamation of the material from many eras.
Major attractions of the Dambulla Cave Centre are spread over 5 caves, which contain the statues and the paintings. Since its foundation in the 1 century BC byKing Valagamba, many modifications have been carried out to the sculptures and paintings. Hindu statues are believed to be of the 12 century AD and the latest paintings are of the late 18-century. The temple is a perfect location to view evolution of the ancient Sri Lankan arts.