Bandarawella and Haputale Tour
Although more commonly recognised for its spectacular mountain vistas, striking waterfalls, and undulating tea hills, the Central Highlands also brims with rich history, heritage, and culture. This fascinating tour visits three iconic, age-old places of worship, all within a short distance from each other. The venues include Dhowa Rock Temple and Nazareth Chapel of the Good Shepherd Convent, both of which are in the town of Bandarawela, and St. Benedict’s Monastery in Haputale. Situated close to a picturesque stream, the Dhowa Rock Temple, also known as Dhowa Rajamaha Viharaya, is a lesser-known attraction in the hill country. It is believed to have been the inspiration of King Walagamba in the first century BC when he took refuge from Indian invaders. The temple is famous for the beautiful paintings and sculptures that adorn its rock walls including an incomplete 38-foot statue of Lord Buddha.