|Badulla is the
capital of Uva Province, Sri Lanka. It is located on the
southeast of Kandy, almost encircled by the Badulu Oya River,
about 680 metres (2200 Feet) above sea level and is surrounded
by tea plantations. The town is overshadowed by the Namunukula
range of mountains (highest peak 2,016 metres above sea level).
It was the base of Sinhalese princes who ruled the area under
the king in Kandy before it became part of the British Empire.
Later, it became the administrative hub of the British rulers.
The city was the end point of upcountry railway line built by
the British in order to take plantation products to Colombo.
Badulla is about 230km away
from Colombo towards the eastern slopes of central hills of Sri
Lanka. There are multiple routes to Badulla from Colombo, Kandy
and Galle. From Colombo, one can travel via Ratnapura, Balangoda,
Haputale, Bandarawela and HaliEla along A4 and A16 to Badulla
which may take about 5-6 hours. From Kandy there are two routes.
Either via "Victoria-Randenigala Raja Mawatha" or via Nuwara
Eliya (route A5). From Galle, the best route is via Marata,
Hambantota, Wellawaya, Ella, Demodara and HaliEla (route A2).
All routes are scenic and one can get splendid views of
geography changes while travelling. Badulla and surroundings are
highly recommended for eco-tourists as Horton Plains National
Park and the Knuckles mountains are few hours away