Travel Guide to Badulla

The complete tour guide to Badulla, find information about the city's famous attractions, a list of things to do and much more. Book hotels at the best price and reserve your table at the top restaurants.

Badulla Overview

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About Badulla

Badulla is one of Sri Lanka's oldest towns which is covered with green hills and majestic waterfalls such as the Dunhinda Falls. This little town is located south east of the hill capital and is surrounded by a picturesque landscape that sure to take your breath away! 

Badulla has been through the hands of two colonists, and was treated differently by both. Whilst the Portuguese burnt it when they left, the British perceived this little town as a vital social centre and a centre for transporting plantation products. Hence they built it to what we know of the town today!


Getting into Badulla

Badulla is located approximately 230km away from Colombo and can be accessed by a variety of routes. There is a direct train from Colombo Fort to Badulla which is 10 hours but is highly recommended because of the scenic view. Try to get a first class observation car or an Intercity Express train. Check for times and the schedule. The drive to Badulla is also scenic and takes little over 6 hours. You can also take a bus from Colombo Fort.

If you are going to Badulla directly from the airport then it's easier to hire a taxi from the airport itself. Check for more information on rates. 


Getting around Badulla

Most Sri Lankans travel around cities and towns by tuk tuk aka three wheelers. Note that it's a rule of thumb to fix the price before getting into a tuk tuk to avoid paying more than required unless of course the tuk has a meter. It will also help if you can ask locals how much it’s to get to your destination just to be sure you are paying the right amount. Having said that you can also travel by bus which is the most affordable way and you can ask locals to help you. The bus conductors will also be able to help you in any way that they can. Make sure you have small change in the form of coins and notes when going by bus instead of large notes. For example Rs.50, 20, 10 and a few coins.


Where to go and things to do in Badulla

Badulla is laden with scenic views of beautiful hills and powerful waterfalls.. The air in this town is refreshing to the soul and leaves you rejuvenated! Apart from its picturesque atmosphere there are beautiful symbolic places such as the Muthiyangana temple and the Dhowa temple. Scroll above and click on our 'What to see' section to discover and explore more of Badulla.