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Bandarawela

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Bandarawela is a big town, situated in Badulla District, Uva Province, Sri Lanka, which is 28 km away from Badulla. Due to higher altitude, Bandarawela has a mild weather condition throughout the year hence, it is popular among the citizens to spend the vacations with their family members. Bandarawela is 200 km away from Colombo and about 125 km away from Kandy, Colombo and Kandy being two capital cities in Sri Lanka. Both roads and railway transportation facilities are available to reach the area within a few hours. Bandarawela town, tinted with a colonial past resting among lush forestation has found its niche among its visitors as a base for eco-tourism.PoliticsThe town is ruled by the municipal council headed by a mayor. The council is elected by popular vote and has 9 seats. There were 16,673 registered voters in the 2011 local authorities elections. Currently the municipal council has been governed by the United National Party which is one of the largest political parties in Sri Lanka.Out side of the municipal area is governed by the "Pradeshiya saba" which is also similar to the urban council. The pradeshiya saba is elected by popular vote as well and it has 10 seats. In the 2006 local authorities election, 37,972 voters were registered for the election. And mukasha is a famous football player in s.thomas college bandarawela.HeritageAncient Dhowa Buddhist rock temple is one of the well known heritage sites in this region and the Roman Catholic Church, St. Anthony's Church and Methodist church are some other historic places to visit. Ancient dhowa rock temple was founded by King Walagamba in the first century BC and is located beside Badulla- Bandarawela high way, 6 km away from Bandarawela city. It has a 38ft Buddha image sculptured from a rock and some paintings belonging to the Kandyan era, depicting various Jataka stories.
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