Province of Uva Travel Guide

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    Colorful mountain village
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    Tea plantations from the train
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  • For most things you need

    Bandarawela Shopping

    Cargills is a supermarket chain in Sri Lanka. There is a Cargills in the centre of Bandarawela, opposit the Post Office and Bandarawela Hotel.They sell most things you need and also fresh fruit, spices etc.

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    Bandarawela Hotels

    The Bandarawela Hotel is very centrally located in the town. It is very nice hotel and I really...

  • 3 wheeler

    Bandarawela Transportation

    Hiring a 3-wheeler with the driver is a great way of exploring. I met a very nice driver, who took me around for the 2 days in Bandarawela. It is best to fix a price, and also what you want to see and where you want to go.They also have a knowledge of the area, and can take you to places a bit off the beaten track - which is great.



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  • Lipton Seat

    Ella Off The Beaten Path

    This is actuakly in Haputale but a good daytrip to do frim ella do leave in the morning before the mist settles for the day. Travel through the Dambatenna tea plantation where you will see lady Tamil tea pickers hard at work and men doing the weighing. There appeared to be a few crosses scattered here and there which made me wonder if some of the...

  • Haircut or shave by Janaka

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    My hair was in need of a funky chop when it gets too long it tends to loose its body. Janaka has a small barber and hair stying shop on Passara road on route to Little Adams peak. He was a little apprehensive to cut a short choppy style on ladies hair even though he creates miracles un mens hair. But soon he gained his confidence and with a blade...

  • Ella Rock

    Ella Things to Do

    I left this tip for some time as I have not yet climbed it but 2 years on and I have still not so its advisable to put my tip together in the hope of maybe coming back to complete the mission. This walk starts at the railway station and you walk the old railway tracks watching out of course for passing trains.I believe it is a 2.5hour walk maybe...



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  • Getting to Haputale

    Haputale Transportation

    As mentioned in any guidebook, the most scenic way to reach Haputale is the train from Kandy. The journey allows you to enjoy excellent views over the hill country. Nevertheless I did it by means of bus and taxi and I can say the journey was as enjoyable as well, specially when driving through the endless tea fields. But note that train tickets...

  • Enjoy the view

    Haputale Things to Do

    More or less Haputale itself won't keep you busy sightseeing because apart from the tiny commercial centre, there is nothing else to do. So one of the best things is walk around and find yoursef a nice spot to enjoy the extraordinary views.the village lies on the top of a hill therefore it enjoys nice views over the hilly country inland and the...

  • Dambatenne Tea Factory

    Haputale Things to Do

    East of Haputale a scenic road by the cliff leads after 10kms to Dambatenne Tea Factory (this is the starting point for Lipton's seat). This was built in 1890 by Sir thomas Lipton (yes the well known tea tade name). Being one of the most impressive, this factory preserves its colonial-era equipment. You can follow a short tour (at a cost which is...



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  • Junction point

    Wellawaya Transportation

    Wellawaya was a juction point where we changed bus to move on to Matara on the south coast. It is mentioned as a starting point to Ella, Haputale, Bandarawela but as well to the south like Matara or even Colombo. The bus station is in the middle of the town, it's chaotic, relatively hot and you need to ask around to be sure if the bus you're taking...

  • Buduruwagala

    Wellawaya Things to Do

    The reason for stopping over in Wellawaya was to visit the archaeological site of Buduruwagala. It is located in a forest area just a5 kms south of Wellawaya.The site is home to seven figures of various height (the largest 16 meters tall) carved on the rock. All figures are thought to date from the tenth century.The central figure is Buddha in a...

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Yala National Park

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    by Poda Written Sep 19, 2003

    When the boss of travel agency told you about the tour, they told you about you pay for a good giude too.... but the guide is free and just if he is free on the park he can join you.
    I had a big discussion about that and I dind't want give to the boos the full price that we decided... we wanted to kill me with a knife!!

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    by sachara Written May 4, 2010

    After a rainforest trekking from the area south of the Horton Plains we had to catch the train in the small trainstation of Idalgashinna. Luckily the train was 45 minutes too late, so we had some time to buy a drink in a local foodstall.

    When the train is in the last station before Idalgashinna a bell starts to ring, so the people know the train will arrive soon. I see men turn handles. They take a plate from one of the machineries. They explain that this is first possible after they get the sign fomr the other station. They put that plate in a leather bag and give this bag to the engine driver to bring to the next station. The exchanging of the plates went very fast while the train was still moving.

    During the very slow train ride we had spectacular views at the deep valleys and tea plantations. The windows are open. There are benches with two and three seats.

    The next day we came back by train to Idalgashinna to do another trekking in the area.

    All aboard, we will leave the station soon inside the train, juggling boys the office at the trainstation the office at the trainstation
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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Trains

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