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General information about Bandarawela

Bandarawela (Bandarawela) – a small town in Central Sri Lanka, at an altitude of about 1200 meters above sea level and 200 kilometers from Colombo and from Kandy 125 (Bandarawela on the map). The town is small, with a population of just 8 thousand people, but it is the second largest and largest town in the province of Badulla. It is a market town, and on Sunday morning here, there is a large food market.

For tourists Bandarawela is almost unremarkable, but is a convenient starting point to access other towns and attractions. It is also a major transport hub that will be useful while traveling in the mountainous part of Sri Lanka.

Panorama of the center of Bandarawela

As in most other cities of mountain of Sri Lanka, Bandarawela tourists can enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding mountain scenery and tea plantations. Perhaps the types of Bandarawela, even not inferior to other popular resorts, and in some ways even better: the fact that the city is below popular with tourists Nuwara Eliya, so here is a little warmer. And if you don't want to freeze in the winter months in Nuwara Eliya, because there the temperature can drop at night down to zero degrees, you can as a base point for exploring the mountain Sri Lanka to choose this town.

But be prepared for the fact that there is almost no infrastructure and entertainment created specifically for tourists. There are only hotels, and not a little, tuk-tuks for trips around the area, as well as the opportunity to book individual tours to nearby attractions and that's it. Within the city you can visit several Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques and churches, nothing more of the attractions there. All interesting places are outside the city and in the neighboring towns of Ella, Haputale, Horton plains.

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How to get to Bandarawela

Bandarawela is an important transport hub. There is a railway station of the branch Colombo-Badulla. Accordingly, to get clean from Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, Ella, Badulla and other cities of this branch. The schedule and cost of the trains, see here -

Also in Bandarawela is located just a few bus stations (stops), where you can leave/arrive in Ella, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Haputale, Welimada, Wellawaya and even Colombo. Of course, from Colombo it is better to go by train, but to move between small towns Badulla district, including Ella, Haputale and Nuwara Eliya, it is necessary to transplant with a change of bus here. The buses run very often, schedules do not stick, are inexpensive. For each direction it has its own bus station/stop and to understand what you need, it is best to seek the assistance of the locals or bus drivers.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 30 November, 2017
The site presents guides to Central cities and sites of Sri Lanka:
The cultural triangle
Adam's Peak
Forest Sinharaja
Nuwara Eliya
The guides will be supplemented.
In this topic you can ask questions and discuss travelling to these places. Changes to the guides are appreciated :SUPER ...
Competent 5 January, 2018
Correct though Pinnawella at Pinnawala. In English, too. ...
admin 5 January, 2018

Thanks for noticing. As it turns out, the first time for you to remember and pronounce then. It was also with Polonnaruwa-Polonnaruwa for a long time myself retrained. ...
AMN Oct 10, 2018
Assalamu Alaikum.
I would like to ask. can I find in Sri Lanka Halal food
thank you.
and sorry for the mistakes ...
admin October, 10, 2018

Hello! Yes, I can, but this kitchen is not very widespread. Looking for Muslim hotels, if they operate such restaurants. ...
Павел112244466 11 November, 2018
Here you write "you can still get from Matara to Bandarawela" what kind of bus? What's the number? As he goes ?? If you write a guide, write all the information or just certain. ...
helka November 19, 2018
Good day, tell me whether in Polonnaruwa storage or where to leave bags if you arrive there in the morning, walk around the Ancient city, and then go by bus to Kandy. ...
admin 19 November, 2018

Not sure what injury is there. Rather rather sure that they are not, because there is the entrance and ticket control on-street storage no. Maybe there is something in the office selling tickets, but it is unlikely that the Sri Lankans before this would have thought of. If you really look for a place where to leave things, it is best to railway station so should be storage, as on all other stations. Well, in case you can try to negotiate for a nominal amount of staff offices for the sale of tickets or to go into the first hotel and the clerk to negotiate. The last version working and tested 100%.
And generally I on your place would think if you can master this route without lodging. I can understand if it's a tour or car with driver. But to come in a new strange city, to find a place where to leave your Luggage, find the cashier, to get to the entrance, navigate through the vast territory... besides, you need something to get around distances. Will have to find a tuk-tuk for the whole day. IMHO, knowing how difficult travel in hot countries, I would come in the evening, slept, and bright and early the next day I began to explore the Park. ...
helka December 2, 2018
Thank you very much for the reply. The fact that we were coming and so in the morning, so will spend the night in Dambulla, and was planning to rent a tuk tuk for the whole day.
About things have already booked a cheap guest house, where they leave it at that. )) And I hope the night will be in Kandy, because if you come to Polonnaruwa in 10 hours then to 16 hours the time I think that would be enough to see the most important thing, especially on a tuk tuk. ...
admin December 2, 2018

Well, in principle Yes, 6 hours on a tuk-tuk. Determine for yourself the most important thing to look at. I hope our guide to Polonnaruwa read. ...

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