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Bandarawela

Bandarawela is a testament to the serene beauty and rich cultural heritage the island proudly showcases. This enchanting town, the second largest in the Badulla District, offers a blend of colonial history, vibrant local politics, and breathtaking natural landscapes, making it a must-visit destination for travellers and locals alike.

Bandarawela is not just a town; it’s a getaway to tranquillity and a touch of the past, situated 200 km from Colombo and about 125 km from Kandy. Its higher altitude gifts it a milder climate all year round, setting it apart from its surroundings. The ease of access by road and rail adds to its charm, making it an ideal spot for tourists seeking adventure and relaxation.

Total Population

32,000

GN Divisions

35

Bandarawela

The governance of Bandarawela is a fascinating aspect, reflecting the democratic spirit of Sri Lanka. With a municipal council at its helm, led by a mayor and elected by the people, the town thrives under structured administration. The presence of the “Pradeshiya Saba” for the areas outside the municipality further ensures local governance is both representative and influential.

The town’s heritage is a rich tapestry of history and spirituality, with landmarks like the ancient Dhowa Buddhist rock temple as pillars of cultural pride. Sites like St. Anthony’s Church and local Methodist churches add layers to the town’s historical narrative, showcasing the diversity and tolerance that define Sri Lanka.

Founded by King Walagamba in the 1st century B.C.E., the Dhowa Rock Temple is a marvel of ancient architecture and art. With its majestic Buddha image carved into the rock and Kandyan era paintings, the temple narrates stories of faith that have transcended centuries.

What sets Bandarawela apart is its unique combination of climate, accessibility, and historical significance. It serves as a base for exploring the surrounding beauty of Sri Lanka’s highlands while offering a glimpse into the country’s rich cultural fabric. The town’s appeal lies in its ability to provide a peaceful retreat while keeping visitors connected to the essence of Sri Lankan heritage.

GN CodeName 
005Mathetilla
010Konthahela
015Icelab Watta
020Kirioruwa
025Etthalapitiya
030Diganathenna
035Ambegoda
040Wewathenna
045Watagamuwa
050Bindunuwewa
055Kebillawela North
060Gediyaroda
065Bandarawela West
070Bandarawela East
075Thanthiriya
080Udaperuwa
085Egodagama
090Weheragalathenna
095Bambaragama
100Makulella
105Kinigama
110Inikambedda
115Karagahawela
120Obadella
125Beddekumbura
130Kebillawela South
135Mahaulpatha
140Darahitawanagoda
145Dulgolla
150Creig Watta
155Liyangahawela Watta
160Ambadandegama
165Beddearawa
170Liyangahawela
175Nayabedda Estate
  • Police Station: 057-2222222 / 057-2222226 
  • Hospital: +94 572 222 661
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