Dambulla Cave Temple
This eye-widening World Heritage Site, aka the Golden Temple of Dambulla, is in central Sri Lanka, around 150 kilometres east of Colombo. It’s the country’s biggest and best-preserved temple complex, with more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Key sights and sites are spread across five fascinating caves, decorated with statues and paintings that riff on the life of the Gautama Buddha. Keep your eyes peeled for three statues of Sri Lankan kings, four statues of gods and goddesses and more than 150 Buddha statues. Burial sites in the area suggest that prehistoric Sri Lankans lived in these cave complexes before Buddhism came to Sri Lanka.