Badulla is the capital of Uva Province. Badulla is located 230km away from Colombo, and is almost encircled by the Badulu Oya River. It is about 680m above sea level and surrounded by picturesque hills and mountains, most of which have tea plantations. The town is overshadowed by the Namunukula range of mountains.
It was a base of a pre-colonial Sinhalese local Prince who ruled the area under the main King in Kandy before it became part of the British Empire. Later, it became one of the provincial administrative hubs of the British rulers. The city was the end point of upcountry railway line built by the British mainly in order to take tea plantation products to Colombo.
The main heritage sites in and around Badulla are ancient Muthiyangana Temple, Dhowa Temple, Bogoda ancient Wooden Bridge and Buddhist Temple. Located at the northern city limit of Badulla town is Dunhinda Waterfall and ancient Rawana Buddhist Temple is also famous among the tourists who visit Rawana Waterfall in Ella.
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