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  • Bandarawela

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Bandarawela is a busy market town with a shooting climate that makes it an agreeable base for exploring the mountains, waterfalls and temples in the surrounding area.

Situated at an altitude of 1230 m and 10 kms north from Haputale, Bandarawela is easily accessible through the Colombo-Badulla Main Road by vehicle and the upcountry trains that pass through. Nuwara Eliya, the famous summer resort of the Island called "Little England" is only 55 kms from Bandarawela and is accessible through Welimada.

Nestled a few kilometers east of Bandarawela town, the charming Dowa Temple is one of the many important heritage sites in the island and houses a massive half-finished 38 ft Buddha image carved in granite rock. The temple was founded by King Walagamba during his 14 year exile from Anuradhapura in 1st century BC when the island was invaded by foreigners. Legend has it that it was the king himself who carved the Buddha statue was whilst taking refuge in the surrounding caves.

In addition to Dowa Temple, notable attractions near Bandarawela include Lipton’s Seat and Diyaluma Falls, the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka.


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