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Places to visit around Bandarawela - Explore Serenity!

Bandarawela is located in the southern section of Sri Lanka and offers a myriad of places to explore, let's look at some of the best places to visit and things to do.


Visit a Tea Factory

If you're looking for Things to do in Bandarawela, a visit to a nearby tea factory is an absolute must. Tea is one of Bandarawela's primary agricultural offerings and is a major source of income to the region. You'll find many tea plantations in the area and some of them offer tours. These tours give you an insight into how this amazing plant is harvested and then produced. Ceylon tea is regarded as some of the worlds very best, and you can purchase some right from the source to take back with you. If you're looking for an escape, a simple getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life, Bandarawela might very well be the perfect location for you. The serene atmosphere gives you the opportunity to unwind, reset and recharge before you go back, thoroughly reenergized.


Relax at the Peace Pagoda

The Peace Pagoda is the location if not home of a Japanese Buddhist Temple. It is situated high up on a hill, showcasing magnificent views of the countryside down below. The sights here are nothing short of breathtaking and simple make you awe at the beauty of nature. While the Peace Pagoda lies a little outside Bandarawela, the drive is well worth the time and distance as you pass a number of excellent tea plantations along the way.


Visit Ella

Ella is an extremely popular small village that is located right outside Bandarawela, Here. You'll find plenty of little shops and restaurants, making it an absolutely perfect location for a day trip. It is thoroughly satisfying to observe the local culture here as you stroll up and down the main street, looking through the wares of the many shops that line the street.


Take in the Dowa Temple

Located just a few kilometres outside of the main town, the Dowa Temple is an iconic Buddhist Temple. The monks who live here will gladly show you around, giving you a wonderful inside look at the monastic lifestyle. You can spend some time simply by walking around or enjoying the peaceful atmosphere that is wonderfully different to the city environment. If you're looking for a great serene location for accommodation, there's plenty to choose from in Bandarawela, such as Manor House for example.


Visit a Waterfall

Another great option to check out while you're in Bandarawela is to visit one of the many numbers of waterfalls in the area. You can enjoy a relaxing dip in the waters while you let your stress melt away. The Rawana Ella waterfall is located a mere 15 km away, the Dunhinda Waterfall is 32 km away and the wonderful Diyaluma Waterfall 34 km away. These are located close to Ella and can be a stop while you visit the village as well. The crisp, clean mountain water flows from heights over 560 feet and has proven to be quite the popular attraction for many who visit the area.