Bandarawela

Bandarawela is the second largest town in the Badulla District which is 30 kilometres away from Badulla. Bandarawela is 200 km away from Colombo and about 125 km away from Kandy, the two capital cities of Sri Lanka. Thanks to its higher altitude, compared to surrounding locations, Bandarawela has milder weather conditions throughout the year making it a popular tourist destination for locals. Bandarawela is within hour’s reach of surrounding towns and cities by both road and rail. The town is influenced by its colonial history and rests among dense, lush forestation occupying a niche among visitors as a base for eco-tourism.

There are a number of waterfalls in and around Bandarawela that are great for a refreshingly cool dip. The Rawana Ella Waterfall (15 km), Dunhinda Waterfall (32 km), and the Diyaluma Waterfall (34 km) are a few such located in Ella near the hotel. The crisp mountain water thrillingly flows from elevated heights, some over 560 feet; and is a popular attraction for those staying in Hotels in Ella and Bandarawela Holiday Resorts. 28 km away lays Lipton’s Seat, a favourite lookout point of Sir Thomas Lipton, the great tea pioneer, who from that position surveyed the surrounding lands when planning for his initial tea plantation. Other nearby excursions includes the Demodara Railway Loop, Horton Plains; the Dowe Rock Temple is one of the well-known heritage sites in this region.The ancient Dhowa Rock Temple was founded by King Walagamba in the first century B.C.E. (1 B.C.E.) and is located beside Badulla-Bandarawela highway, 6 km (3.7 mi) from Bandarawela. The temple contains a 12 m (39 ft)-high Buddha image sculpted from rock and paintings depicting Jataka stories belonging to the Kandyan era. Other historic areas of interest include the Roman Catholic St. Anthony’s Church and a local Methodist church, Adisham Monastery, the Bogoda Wooden Bridge and Temple, and the Hakgala Botanical Gardens.

The ancient Dhowa Buddhist rock temple is one of the well-known heritage sites in this region. Other historic areas of interest include the Roman Catholic St. Anthony’s Church and a local Methodist church. The ancient Dhowa Rock Temple was founded by King Walagamba in the first century B.C.E. (1 B.C.E.) and is located beside Badulla-Bandarawela highway, 6 km from Bandarawela. The temple contains a 12 m (39 ft)-high Buddha image sculpted from rock and paintings depicting Jataka stories belonging to the Kandyan era.
During colonial times, the picturesque town of Bandarawela was once hailed as possessing one of the healthiest climates in the world. This town is considered to have the most favorable climate on the island. Geographically the Bandarawela area is located at a high altitude and surrounded by a large number of mountains in Uva and the Central Province.

According to the local climatic zone classifications, Bandarawela is classified under Up Country Intermediate Zone (UCIZ) which is spread over the Badulla and Monaragala Districts. The elevation above sea level at Bandarawela is 4,000 ft (1,200 m), The Bandarawela area consists mainly of red yellow Podzolic soil, which is strongly acidic and favourable for tea plantations.

Locals depend primarily upon agriculture to make a living. Most people are directly involved in vegetable cultivation and some are working as laborers in tea estates. There are a large number of tea plantations managed by both private and government run businesses that produce good quality tea for the world market. Each Sunday morning the town has a lively market. Otherwise Bandarawela has little to attract tourists. It’s a good transport hub if you’re heading east or further into the Hill Country

The ancient Dhowa Buddhist rock temple is one of the well-known heritage sites in this region. Other historic areas of interest include the Roman Catholic St. Anthony’s Church and a local Methodist church.

The ancient Dhowa Rock Temple was founded by King Walagamba in the first century B.C.E. (1 B.C.E.) and is located beside Badulla-Bandarawela highway, 6 km (3.7 mi) from Bandarawela. The temple contains a 12 m (39 ft)-high Buddha image sculpted from rock and paintings depicting Jataka stories belonging to the Kandyan era.


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