The Hill Country

Smack in the centre of town on a busy junction.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Hill Country attractions

2. Church of the Ascension

0.31 MILES

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

2.85 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

3.46 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


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. Ella Rock

4.56 MILES

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

7. Rawana Ella Falls

4.56 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…

8. Mosque

4.82 MILES

Towards the eastern end of town.