Adisham Bungalow

Adisham Hall, or Adisham Bungalow is a country house near Haputale, in the Badulla District, Sri Lanka. At present, it houses the Adisham monastery of Saint Benedict. It has a relic (a chip of a bone) of St. Sylvester at the chapel.
The house was built in 1931 by an English aristocrat and planter Sir Thomas Villiers, former Chairman of George Steuart Co, a trading and estate agency based in Colombo. Sir Thomas was a grandson of Lord John Russell and descendant of the Dukes of Bedford. Named after Adisham, it was designed by R. Booth and F. Webster in Tudor and Jacobean style, on 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land.

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Sri Kadiravelayutha Swami Kovil

It has been said that the Sri Kadiravelayutha Swami Kovil was founded in the year 1886. In 1886, when the Hindu temple of Haputale was founded in Sri Lanka in the then Ceylon, the country was under British Colonial rule and this was also during the construction period of the Colombo — Badulla main railway track. However, according to Mr. Ramasamy Karthigesan Perunkondar (Suresh), the present hereditary trustee of the Hindu temple at Haputale said, “According to the legal documents which | have on me, the Hindu temple in Haputale, which is under my hereditary trustee ownership, was established in 1905 by Nallakutti Ramasamy Peunkondar who arrived into Ceylon from South India. He lived in a village named Perunkondan Viduthi (Perunkondan Village). Later he had joined Indian Railways as a Periya Kangani (Supervisor) and came to Ceylon in 1880”.

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Dhowa Rock Temple

Dhowa Rock Temple is a protected heritage site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central mountains of the Uva province. Dhowa is a small, ancient village situated on the Badulla - Bandarawela main road. This temple is situated 210 km (130 mi) east of Colombo and 120 km (75 mi) south of Kandy.[2]
The Dhowa rock temple is famous for its large unfinished Buddha image, carved into the rock face, which is considered an example of Mahayana sculpture. The temple dates back over 2000 years.[3][4]The area gained the name Dhowa as it is located within a ring of mountains, with a river which flows across the plateau.

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Buduruwagala is an ancient buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. The complex consists of seven statues and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought. The statues date back to the 10th century. The gigantic Buddha statue still bears traces of its original stuccoed robe and a long streak of orange suggests it was once brightly painted. The central of the three figures to the Buddha's right is thought to be the Buddhist mythological figure-the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. To the left of this white painted figure is a female figure in the thrice-bent posture, which is thought to be his consort-Tara.

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Muthiyangana Temple

Muthiyangana Raja Maha Vihara is an ancient Buddhist temple located in the middle of Badulla town in the Badulla District of Uva Province in Sri Lanka.

History of this site starts with the Lord Buddha’s 3rd arrival to the island but legends on the area called Badulla begins from 19th – 18th century BC. Some names of places in the area, e.g. Seetha Eliya, Seetha Kotuwa, Ravana Ella, etc., refers to the Seetha and Ravana - the main characters in the Indian episode titled Ramayana. So it is believed that said war had taken place in this locale, where was the capital of then powerful king named Ravana who ruled the island.

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St. Andrew’s Church

According to records, St. Andrew’s Church, Haputale was opened for worship on Sunday 19 of September 1869 and now functions as the sister Church of the Church of the Ascension, Bandarawela.

The founder priest of the Church of the Ascension was late Rev. W.J.P Waltham, who served as the Vicar from 1909-1932. This Church had a sizeable English congregation when Sri Lanka was under British rule. Many European planters from the district were regular worshippers in Church, while the European garrison attended St. James’ Church in Diyatalawa.

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Bogoda Temple

A stone inscription by the temple in Brahmin scripture says the drip-ledged cave behind the temple was donated to a priest called Brahmadatta by Tissa, a provincial leader in Badulla. King Valagamba in exile from Indian invaders had sought refuge here for two and a half years. Behind the temple by the drip-ledged cave is the entrance to a tunnel. It is very dark, bat-infested and wet that one cannot really venture in more than a few metres. The tunnel ends in a near-by estate called Tudumale. From that end one can travel about500 metres into the cave. According to history the tunnel measures 12 miles and ends at Naranwala which is now the estate.

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