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On the southern edge of the hill country, Bandarawela has been popular with Sri Lankans and foreign visitors alike for many years and is one of the oldest tea planters' resting places in the country.

The surrounding area offers some fantastic period accommodation while the beautiful scenery and usually idyllic climate provides a refreshing change from the heat of the low country and the cool environs of Nuwara Eliya.

Bandarawela is a great base for exploring the hill country's scenic and less visited attractions.

Ella & Dowe Temple

The drive to Ella is a short and picturesque one, passing the small atmospheric Dowe Temple which boasts a 4m high Buddha carved into the rock face. It is a very peaceful spot and usually only frequented by locals and monks rather than travellers.

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