I was lucky enough to go on a short tour around the Dambulla area, which included the Cave Temple. It is a World Heritage site, but to get to it is a very steep climb up many uneven steps with monkeys all around. The views are wonderful.
The caves hold a total of 153 Buddha statues and wonderful cave
paintings.From here it is a short walk down to the Golden Buddha statue,
which dominates the area. We visited the Elephant safari, had a trip in a
bullock cart, sailed across a water lily lake, and  were taught how to make
a curry from scratch using strange kitchen utensils in a hut over a wood
fire, and we beat the husks off the rice. We visited woodcarvers, had a
massage and a sauna. The trip came to an end far too soon, as Sudha our
driver had to get us to Trincomalee in time to meet up with the rest of the

Heather  (Oct 2017JAYDD customer)