Dambulla (dämbŏlˈə) [key], town, central Sri Lanka. A place of Buddhist pilgrimage, it has a well-preserved cave temple complex at Dambulla Rock that dates to the 1st cent. B.C. There is a recumbent Buddha figure 47 ft (14 m) long. Nearby is Kandalama reservoir and a tourist hotel complex.

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