Badulla, one of the oldest towns in the country, is the capital of Uva
Province and lies in a valley surrounded by mountain ranges. You can reach
Badulla, which is located at an altitude of 700 metres, either by rail,
through the main railway line, or by road. The road and rail track climb
from sea level to an altitude of over 1,500 metres through a beautiful
terrain and descends to 700 metres at Badulla.
The most beautiful waterfalls are around Badulla and Bandarawela - Dunhinda,
Peesa, Rawana, Bombaru, Bambarakanda, Paraiyan and Diyaluma Falls.
5 kms from Badulla town along Mahiyangana road, Dundinda Falls (60 m high)
is an attractive place for picnics.
Ella is situated 19 kms from Badulla. Ella overlooks a southern mountain
range where the drop is about 3000 ft. The Southern plains and the sea
are visible in the far distance on clear days.
Ravana Ella Cave
Situated in the massive Ella rock, this cave is associated with Ravana,
the demon King of Lanka who imprisoned Rama's wife Sita as related in
the Hindu epic Ramayana. Excavations here have revealed some human skeletons
belonging to Balangoda man (Homo Sapiens Balangodensis) and tools dating
from 8000 - 2500 B.C.
This bridge is constructed out of wood, and roofed. It is over the Gallanda
Oya Water Falls. To reach here you have to take the turn from Hali Ela
and proceed along Mahiyangana Road. This bridge belongs to the 16th century;
you have to walk down the bridge and the adjoining temple (Bogoda Raja
Maha Viharaya). There is also a cave which is believed to be King Walagamba's