Dhowa Rock Temple has historical value more than 2000 years. According to historical stories, Dhowa Rock Temple was identified as Kumbalthissa ariyagala vehera. After the chief priest who was given refuge to King Walagamba in the cave.
Dhowa Rock Temple has special beautiful paintings influence by kandian art. Another importance thing of the Dhowa Rock Temple is the 38 foot height Buddhas Statue.It is an incomplete statue and it is an example for mahayana iconography.
There is a legendary secret tunnel in the Dhowa Rock Temple. It still remains as a mystery. But in historical stories it was suppose to use by King Walagamba as a means of escape. Some others believed King Ravana has been used this tunnel for hide from his enemies. Anyway in present, no one is permitted to enter the tunnel.