The capitol of Uva Province, Badulla is thought to be one of the oldest towns in Sri Lanka. Today, it is an important transport hub and visitors are likely to pass through it while travelling between the Hill Country and the East Coast.
The highlight here is the KataragamaDevale, a Hindu temple that was built in the 18th century. The Kandyan-style main shrine houses an image of Kataragama, flanked by statues of Saman and Vishnu. The shrine’s outer walls are painted with murals depicting a perahera. Some fine carvings of human figures, animals and floral motifs can be seen on the pillars and other areas of the temple.