Badulla City

The 'Thorana' of a unique design of six levels at the entrance of the temple is of an unknown period. First level includes the main entrance and above it on the second level is a typical Makara (dragon) head. On the sides of the head are two guard figures and at the corners are two lion figures. On the third level there are two 'Vamana' figures and at the edge two animals probably lions. These figures are not as clear as the lion figures on the second level. On the centre of the third level is a high stand which goes right up to the fourth level on it are two bulls and the special features of these bulls are that they are decorated and have large humps. Such bulls are a feature of Hinduism and this feature indicates some influence of Hinduism in making of this structure. Lastly and on top of the fifth level is a seated Buddha statue. The peacocks at the sixth level complete the outline of the structure. At the entrance is a colourful Makara Thorana (a dragon archway). Right above the entrance and below the dragon head is a figure of Maitre Bodhisattva. On the right hand side of the image house is a statue of Deity Indaka, the protector of the Mutiyangana sacred site and the Namunukula Mountain Range. On the right is the statue of Maitre Bodhisattva. Passing the image house you come to the most sacred structure of the temple, the Stupa. The initial stupa built by the Deity Indaka in the 5th century BCE has been extended by King Devanapiyatissa (250-210 BCE) of Anuradhapura Era.

Dunhinda Falls

One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Sri Lanka, Dunhinda Falls which is 64m in height is located 5 kms north of Badulla town and 1 km from Badulla-Mahiyanganaya Road. The Sinhala word 'Dunhinda' means smoky vapour. This smoky vaporous waterfall is created by the river Badulu Oya that flows through the Badulla town. The fall looks quite breathtaking, with its water roaring over a rocky ledge and falling splashing with clouds of spray into a pool in the rocks below. That is why this water fall is called Dunhinda. However, the area around is said to have been inhabited by Bintenne Veddas long ago.

Bogoda Wooden Bridge

Believed to have been built in the late 16th century or early 17th century, the wooden roofed bridge at Bogoda has been built over the Gallanda Oya which flows to Uma Oya, a tributary of the Mahaveli River. One of Sri Lanka's oldest surviving wooden bridges, this ancient bridge lies across a footpath, 10 kilometres away from the Badulla town off the Haliela junction. The roofed bridge was also a resting place for weary travelers. It stands on a large wooden column 35 feet in height and thick wide wooden planks have been flung across the stream to form the platform. The roof has distinctly early Kandyan tiles placed on wooden pillars and beams.

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