Bandarawela

Bandarawela HotelBandarawela is the second largest town in the Badulla District which is 30 km (19 mi) away from Badulla. Bandarawela is 200 km (120 mi) away from Colombo and about 125 km (78 mi) 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 hours 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.

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.

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.

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Many types of vegetables are grown in this area throughout the year, such as leek, carrot, beet root, cauliflower and cabbage. About one tenth of the population works for the government, private establishments or their own businesses. The majority of the people in this area fall in the low and middle income groups.

Tourism is another source of income in Bandarawela which boasts many holiday resorts, cottages and hotels.

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The best views of Bandarawela can be seen from Porawagala. Rawana Ella Falls (40 m (130 ft) in height) and Diyaluma Falls (191 m (627 ft) in height) are the most beautiful waterfalls in this region. Rawana Ella is situated on the Ella near the Wellawaya main road and Diyaluma is situated near the village of Koslanda. Adisham Bungalow, Bandarawela Hotel and Lipton's Seats are other historic places in the Bandarawela area. Poonagala, Ampittiakande and Leangawela are three visually stunning tea estates in the area. From Bandarawela to Poonagala it's nearly 21 km.

 

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