Clock Tower

The Hill Country

A Bandarawela landmark.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Hill Country attractions

1. Mosque

0.09 MILES

Smack in the centre of town on a busy junction.

2. Church of the Ascension


On the northwest side of town, this attractive stone church dates back to 1908, and was later extended in 1936 and 1938. Its tower was added in 1952.

3. Dowa Temple

2.82 MILES

The highlight of the charming Dowa Temple, 6km east of Bandarawela, is a 4m-high standing Buddha cut into the rock face. The walls of the adjacent cave…

4. Dambatenne Tea Factory

3.39 MILES

This popular tea factory was built in 1890 by Sir Thomas Lipton, one of the most famous figures in tea history. The tour through the works is an education…

5. Lipton’s Seat

3.82 MILES

The Lipton’s Seat lookout is one of Sri Lanka's most impressive viewpoints (unless it's misty and cloudy of course, which is why early morning is the best…

6. Rawana Ella Falls

4.49 MILES

The 19m-high Rawana Ella Falls are about 6km down Ella Gap towards Wellawaya. During rainy months, the water comes leaping down the mountainside in what…

7. Ella Rock

4.51 MILES

This huge rocky outcrop looms over Ella. It's a popular hiking destination.

8. Ravanna's Cave

4.78 MILES

This cave is associated with the Ramayana story. Located in a cleft in the mountain that rises to Ella Rock, the cave is reputed to be where the king of…