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Places To Visit in Badulla For A Fulfilling Vacation in Sri Lanka

For those travelling to Sri Lanka, Badulla might not be a destination you are familiar with, but we are here to enlighten you! Badulla is the capital of Sri Lanka’s Uva Province and it has a rich history. It is one of the oldest towns in Sri Lanka to be invaded by both the British and the Portuguese, and the town’s architecture reflects this. There are many reasons to base yourself in Badulla for a few days and explore the scenic beauty of the surrounding area, and we will give you just a taste of the places to visit on vacation in Badulla.

Let’s start with the location of Badulla, over 2000 feet above sea level and surrounded by endless tea plantations. Because of its location in the central hills of Sri Lanka Badulla enjoys a considerably cooler climate than other parts of the tropical island. Keep in mind that, April is the hottest month of the year while November to January are the coolest. It should be noted that around November is often the rainiest month, and July the driest, so keep that in mind when planning your trip. The average temperatures range between 16°C-30°C, and in the misty evenings a sweater is very welcome. This slightly cooler temperature makes it ideal conditions for hiking, without becoming overwhelmed by the heat.

Let’s start with one of the most famous hikes, to Ella Rock, which begins very close to the Ella station. The incredible scenery and cooler climate will help make this hike feel a lot shorter than it is. The hike itself will take around 4.5 hours, but that includes stopping to take in the panoramic views and sites along the way. While it is not strictly required to have a guide to show you the hiking trail, allowing a local to show you the pay for a small tip does help them support their families. The best time to set off for the Ella Rock hike is in the morning, we recommend not starting before dawn as the views are best enjoyed in the early morning misty light, and do keep in mind the temperature does rise around midday to a morning hike is often recommended.

Taking a step away from hiking, those looking to soak up some culture should definitely visit the Ancient Buddhist Muthiyangana Temple, located in the middle of Badulla town. Buddhists believe that this site was visited by Gautama Buddha himself, and it is regarded as one of the ‘ Solosmasthana ’, meaning one of the 16 most sacred places due to the Buddha having historically visited them. Always remember when going to any temple that you must remove your shoes, and ensure that your shoulders and knees are respectfully covered. Carrying a shawl or a traditional sarong in your bag as you explore Sri Lanka is highly recommended as you never know what enchanting ancient religious site you might encounter.

This region of Sri Lanka is renowned for its stunning waterfalls, and they should not be missed during your holiday in Badulla. There are many to choose from, and we would like to introduce you to Ravana Falls, which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls. This waterfall is located just a short 15 minute ride from Ella town and the water falls over 80 feet, creating a thundering and awe inspiring sound and spray!

The Ravana Waterfall was named in memory of King Ravana who was once the most technologically advanced of Sri Lanka’s ancient Kings. It is said that King Ravana The Ravana Waterfall was named in memory of King Ravana who was once the most
technologically advanced of Sri Lanka’s ancient Kings. It is said that King Ravana hid Princess Sita in the Ravana Caves right Behind the Waterfall. It is believed that Princess Sita bathed in the Ravana Waterfall which was covered with thick dense forest back in the days. Despite the fact that there aren’t any signs, we don’t suggest trying to climb up the slippery rocks, but rather enjoy a dip in the beautifully clear basin and the base of the waterfall. Keep in mind of course that during the dry season there will be significantly less water, and as always when visiting beautiful natural sites make sure you take all your litter with you to preserve the location for future generations of travellers and locals alike.hid Princess Sita in the Ravana Caves right Behind the Waterfall. It is believed that Princess Sita bathed in the Ravana Waterfall which was covered with thick dense forest back in the days. Despite the fact that there aren’t any signs, we don’t suggest trying to climb up the slippery rocks, but rather enjoy a dip in the beautifully clear basin and the base of the waterfall. Keep in mind of course that during the dry season there will be significantly less water, and as always when visiting beautiful natural sites make sure you take all your litter with you to preserve the location for future generations of travellers and locals alike.

If you are looking to buy some souvenirs and handcrafted items, look no further than the Old Welekade Market in Badulla. This market takes you back to a different era as it is located in and around a stunning colonial building built by the British in 1889. Most certainly a shopping trip not to be forgotten!

Badulla and the surrounding areas have so much to offer for a fulfilling vacation for all the family, and we have just given you a small glimpse of what it has to offer. This is a destination not to be missed, for nature lovers, culture vultures and adventurers just like yourself.

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