The train journey from Colombo to Badulla keeps about 9 hours. Trains
run along the Mahaweli River Valley among green mountains, offering
splendid wiews on the highlands, tea crops and countless waterfalls.
Buduruwagala Rock Carvings Five kilometres south of Wellawaya, on the road to Tissa there are seven statues carved out of a rock. The tallest one, depicting the Buddha, is 50 feet tall. Buduruwagala means "stone images of the Buddha"
The Maligawila Buddha statue carved out of stone, stands in a blessing posture. It is 37 feet and 10 inches tall. The spot is close to Buttala village.
The Uda Walawe National Park was established in 1972 to protect the Walawe reservoir. Wildlife includes elephants, crocodiles, jackals, buffalo etc.
The Maduru Oya National Park 300 k.m. away from Colombo in the dry zone. The fascinating Veddas tribes, members of any of the aboriginal people of Sri Lanka, are still living in the Park.
Dunhinda Falls 3 k.m. from Badulla town
Manawela Falls 12 k.m. from Welimada
Diyaluma Falls It is 220m (570ft) in height and very close to the A-4 road between Koslanda and Wellawaya.
Bandarawela Hotel - Rooms 36
Orient Hotel - Tel. 2252561/2 - Rooms 36
Queens Hotel - Rooms 90
Himalie Guest House Badulla Road, Bindunuwewa - Tel.057-2362.