Badulla (Sri Lanka)
General information about Badulla
Badulla (Badulla, Badulla) is a small town in Central Sri Lanka, capital of the province of UVA. The city's population is 47,000 people. The city is situated at an altitude of 680 metres 230 kilometers from Colombo (see the map Badulla Sri Lanka).
Badulla is though is a famous tourist place, really in the city to do nothing. There is a basic tourist infrastructure, it is connected with major cities by Railways, but no beaches, no entertainment, nor any major attractions here. A well-known town to tourists only thanks to one of the largest and most famous waterfalls of Sri Lanka - Dunhinda (Dunhinda). In addition to the waterfall in the city there is a minimum standard set of several temples, churches and the city clock. Come here usually because of the waterfall and to see the wonderful scenery on the route Nuwara Eliya - Badulla. It is believed that these landscapes even more exciting and beautiful than if you go from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy. In the city nothing to do, so tourists are practically not to meet. If you have a rented vehicle or hired a driver with a car it is quite possible to reach Badulu from Nuwara Eliya to see a bit of the city and the waterfall, and back the same day.
Well, another reason to visit Badulla her presence on the way from Nuwara Eliya to Polonnaruwa and the East coast. Therefore, if you plan to travel by rented transport from N. Uh. or back to Polonnaruwa, Arugam Bay, Batticaloa, or the other resorts of the East, can lay the route a short stop here. Any of these routes and is able to travel a day if you leave early in the morning.
How to get to Badulla, transport
Ends in Badulla railway line running from Colombo via Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella. Every day here comes (goes) five trains. Schedule and cost can be found here: https://www.eservices.railway.gov.lk, http://colombofort.com.
The town is very small, so transport is not needed. From the railway or bus station is easy to reach any hotel and place in town on foot.
And here is the schedule of trains and other transport in Badulla available for online booking:
Hotels of Badulla, where to stay
Accommodation options in Badulla at least. There are several hotels and guesthouses.
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Waterfall Dunhinda (also Dunhinda, Danhinda Falls)
This waterfall though is not one of the most picturesque, but definitely one of the most powerful and affluent in Sri Lanka. The height of 63 meters, and it consists of only a single threshold, where the water falls powerful stream of water. There is a legend, if you believe which, at the bottom of the pool at the base of the waterfall hidden treasures guarded by the spirits of the Princess and her lover. Due to the difference in social status they are unable to stay together in life and chose to commit suicide by throwing himself into the waterfall. And now they have nothing left except the treasure, which they did not let.
Is Dunhinda 5 kilometers from the town. You can reach it from the city by local bus, which departs every 30 minutes from the bus station next to the town clock (Clock Tower). Once you arrive on the bus to the entrance to the waterfall, then you will have to continue on foot along mountain paths and jungle about two kilometers. In some places the ascents and descents are steep and even dangerous, but in General to overcome the route everyone can do. The trail ends at a viewing platform from which you can go down to the pool waterfall. But this is not recommended, because the bottom is very wet and slippery. By the way, take care of equipment here, because around the waterfall is constantly hanging from a suspension of small droplets, and the humidity is very high. Also be careful when dealing with wild monkeys, who here can meet you along the path to the waterfall: hide everything that is bad for you fixed (watches, chains, phones), and do not leave belongings unattended.
The entrance to the waterfall is paid 200 rupees (see money Sri Lanka, the exchange rate). But you can get him for free, if you come here early in the morning to 8 hours, even when not sell tickets.
Near the entrance to the waterfall bench runs the market, there is Parking, where the local "dealers" fleeced rare tourists at fantastic prices. Be prepared to pay for Parking a motorbike here 50 rupees per car up to 200.
Other attractions in Badulla
Devale Kataragama (Kataragama Devale). Ancient Hindu temple (dates back to the 18th century), located in the city centre.
Mutagene Vihara (Vihara Muthiyagana). Buddhist temple.
St. Mark's Church (St Mark's Church). Built by the British Church.
Tea plantations. Separately as sights worth mentioning on the scenic tea plantations near Badulla. You can see them on the way by bus or train from Ella.