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Here is the Cave Temple itself. It's a system of caves cut out of an enormous granite outcrop that rises more than 160m above the surrounding countryside and offers majestic views across the plains as far as Sigiriya, over 20km distant.

All of these functioned as shrines, housing various statues and sculptures belonging to the Sinhala period.
In all, there are 153 statues, the most eminent being those of Buddha, which vary greatly in altitude and size, with the largest one being about 15 meters in length.
One of the caves boasts more than 1,500 Buddha paintings and frescos, covering the entire ceiling and walls, reciting the story of Buddha’s life. Some statues are found to depict the Hindu Gods Ganesha and Vishnu as well. The total area covered by these caves is 2,000sqm.
The place looks very beautiful even on a rainy day:)

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