Places to Visit in Bandarawela, Sri Lanka, Asia

Places to Visit in Bandarawela, Sri Lanka, Asia

Bandarawela is a town in Badulla District of Uva Province in Sri Lanka, located about 192 kms from the national capital Colombo. Bandarawela is placed between latitude 6°50′0″ in the north and longitude 80°59′0″ in the east and is positioned at a height of 1300 meters above the mean level of sea.

Bandarawela is one of the best tourist hubs of the country known for Dhowa Buddhist rock temple, Rawana Ella waterfall, Methodist church and Adisham bungalow.


Economy of Bandarawela:

Agriculture is the main income source of Bandarawela people and the district houses numerous private and government sectors tea plantations. Leek, carrot, beet root, cauliflower and cabbage are the vegetable products grown by the natives of Bandarawela. Tourism is also playing the major role in the revenue generation of Bandarawela.


Climate of Bandarawela:

Bandarawela features a cool weather throughout the year and February is the coolest month.


Connectivity to Bandarawela:

The nearest airport to Bandarawela is Gregory’s Lake Airport in Nuwara Eliya situated about 48 kms from the centre of the city. Bandarawela has good connectivity with its nearby regions and the major cities of the country by roadways and railways.

Central Bus Stand Badulla is the most important bus station of Badulla District located 3 kms from Bandarawela and one can board buses from the local bus terminals also.

Bandarawela houses two major railway stations namely Bandarawela Railway Station and Kinigama Railway Station located 1.5 km and 4 kms respectively.


Food, Culture and Shopping in Bandarawela:

Bandarawela has a diverse population with higher percentage of Buddhists followed by Hindus, Muslims and Christians. The population covers Sinhalese, Indian Tamils, Sri Lanka Moors and Sri Lanka Tamils. The historical Christian religious places of Bandarawela include St. Anthony’s Church, the Roman Catholic Church and Methodist church. Also Bandarawela houses Sri Sivasubramania Swamy Kovil, Masjid Mohideen Muslim mosque and Pushparama Buddhist temple.

Food available in the hotels of Bandarawela is really delicious and hotels serve food with lot of love and care. In recent years, there are several international standard hotels established all around the city to fulfill the requirements of both locals and foreign tourists. The popular dish in Bandarawela includes Koola’ya, Lamprais, Kalu Dodol, Weli Thalapa and Bibikkan.


Places to see in Bandarawela:


Diyaluma Ella:

Diyaluma Ella is a beautiful waterfall placed near Koslanda Village, about 30 kms away from Bandarawela Town. Here water falls from the height of 628 feet.


Rawana Ella:

Rawana Ella is another beautiful waterfall placed on the Wellawaya Main Road and water falls from the height of 131 feet.


Adisham Bungalow:

Adisham Bungalow is a historical place located in Bandarawela.


New Ranweli Spice Garden:

New Ranweli Spice Garden is a beautiful garden situated in the vicinity of Peradeniya Botanical Garden of Kandy. It is located about 125 kms from Bandarawela.


Other tourist attractions near Bandarawela:

  • Bandarawela Hotel
  • Lipton’s Seats
  • Poonagala
  • Royal College
  • Bahirawakanda Temple
  • Pushparama Buddhist Temple
  • Sri Sivasubramania Swamy Kovil
  • Masjid Mohideen Muslim Mosque
  • The Tea Museum
  • Udawattakele Royal Forest Sanctuary


Best time to visit Bandarawela:

Between December and April is the best time to visit Bandarawela.


Accommodation Options in Bandarawela:

The best hotels in Bandarawela and Kandy City (about 125 kms away) are as follows:

  • Bandarawela Hotel
  • Orient Hotel
  • Queens Hotel
  • Himalie Guest House
  • Ideal Resort
  • Rose Villa
  • Summer cottage
  • ISHIRAN Holiday Homes
  • The Tourmaline Hotel
  • Hotel Topaz
  • Swiss Residence Kandy Hotel
  • Riverdale Hotel
  • Randholee Resort
  • Queen’s Hotel
  • McLeod Inn

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