Uva Province, Sri Lanka: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Uva Province is Sri Lanka’s second largest populated province. It consists of two districts which are Badulla and Moneragala. The capital of the province is Badulla. Badulla is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest towns and it is covered with green hills and waterfalls. The entire city is almost encircled by the Badulu Oya River which is about 680 m above sea level. Uva is bordered by Eastern, Southern and Central provinces. The major attractions of the province are Dunhinda Falls, Diyaluma Falls, Rawana Falls, and Gal Oya National Park. Major cities of the province are Kataragama, Ella and Haputale. Firstly, Kataragama is a pilgrimirage town which is considered sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and Indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. It is also visited by people from South India. The town is located in the Monaragala District of Uva Province. It is located 228 from the capital city Colombo and 18 km from Tissamaharama. During the ancient days, Kataragama was a small village but nowadays, it is a fast developing town. It is one of the 16 principal places of Buddhist pilgrimage to be visited. Secondly, Ella is a small town located in the Badulla District of Uva Province. It is located about 200 km away from Colombo. The town is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations. Although its surroundings are warmer, the town has a cooler climate due to its elevation. There is not much to do in Ella. There are only some restaurants and small shops. On the other hand, it is a good spot for relaxing, joining some activities and sightseeing. Lastly, Haputale is a town governed by an Urban Council; the town is standing on top of a hill that is 1400 meters high from sea level. Due to this there are many scenic lookouts around the town. It is surrounded by lush green forests and tea plantations. There is also a historic monastery and a waterfall around the town.