Waterfalls In Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka

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Waterfalls In Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka. This is off the Nuwara-Eliya – Kandapola Road. The waters are taken to brew the famous Nuwara-Eliya Beer. There is a famous legend behind the name of this waterfall. It says that a Prince who lived in waterfalls in Nuwara Eliya had met a beautiful girl in a nearby village and fallen love with her. But the king did not allow the Prince to carry on with his love affair. The Prince suffered lot by his father’s ruling and later on one full moon day he had climbed up the top of the rock with his fiancée and jumped on the fall. Since then it was known as the lovers leap.

People can see this wonderful lovers leap waterfalls in Nuwara Eliya when looking at Pidurutalagala Mountain at the second mile post on Hawa Eliya road. It is about 30 meters high and falls off from a huge rock. It is truly a wonderful gift of Mother Nature gifted to Nuwara Eliya.

There are many popular waterfalls around the town. Many could be visited as a part of trekking and/or hiking expeditions.


Waterfalls In Nuwara Eliya

Laksapana Falls

Laxapana Falls is 126 m (413 ft) high and the 8th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 625th highest waterfall in the world. It is situated in Maskeliya area in Nuwara Eliya District, about 16 km (9.9 mi) from Maskeliya town on Maskeliya-Norton Bridge road, in a village called Kiriwan Eliya. It is formed by Maskeliya Oya near the confluence of Kehelgamu Oya and Maskeliya Oya which forms Kelani River. The falls gives its name to twin Hydroelectricity Power stations, Laxapana which generates 50MW of electricity and New Laxapana which generates 100MW.

Laksapana Falls rise from the Laksapana estate and plungesLaksapana Falls into the Maskeliya Oya via Maoussakelle. Viewing this fall is easy if you camp down at Upper Glencairn, Dick oya. Its – off the Nuwara Eliya – Kandapola Road. The Nuwara Eliya beer is brewed from the water of the stream.


Popular folklore tells this the place where Buddha mended his saffron robe when he was visiting Sri Pada. The name of the Falls derived from Sinhala words of “Laxa” means Hundred thousand and “Pahana” or “Pashana” means rock.

Devon Falls

Devon Falls is a waterfall in Sri Lanka, situated 6 km west of Talawakele, Nuwara Eliya District on A7 highway. The falls is named after a pioneer English coffee planter called Devon, whose plantation is situated nearby the falls. The Waterfall is 97 metres high and ranked 19th highest in the Island. The Falls formed by Kothmale Oya, a tributary of Mahaweli River. Altitude of Devon falls is 1,140m above sea level.

Devon Falls drops 97 meters and is named after Devon, a pioneer coffee planter. It is 6 Km west of Thalawakelle and there is a special parking and viewing spot at the 20th mile post.

Ramboda Ella Falls

Ramboda Falls is 109 m (358 ft) high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. It is situated in Pussellawa area, on the A5 highway at Ramboda Pass. It formed by Panna Oya which is a tributary of Kothmale Oya. Altitude of the falls is 945 m (3,100 ft) above sea level.

A gigantic waterfall (329 ft. ) having three parts and very close to the 53km post along the above A-5 trunk road. The first part is above the road in the jungle (100m), second part is close to the road (3m) and the third part (100m) is below the road.

Traveler should descend to the “Ramboda basin”, where the famous “Ramboda Inn” situated from where he can see the whole fall. When we were there the upper part was covered with a fog and what you see in the picture was the third part.

Hellboda Ella Falls

This is by the side of A-5 trunk route Kandy to N’Eliya east of Pussellawa. It is about 60m (197ft) when both parts taken together and a very attractive yet simple waterfall. It is by the side of the road and one can almost descends to the foot of the falls.

Ihala Devathura Ella Falls

The culvert built close to the 50th kilometer mile post on theKandy – Nuwara Eliya highway is built over the Ihala Devathura Waterfall. At the first glance on would assume this waterfall to be a branch of the Ramboda falls. Anyway, the Ihala Devathura falls consists of three smaller waterfalls, and the fall in close proximity to the highway is not so attractive to the visitor, and is approximately 10 meter in height. However, the most attractive and panoramic waterfall is situated a litter above the highway and is approximately 72 feet in height. Situated surrounded by thick vegetation about four kilometers above the highway, this waterfall is most magnificent.

Devathura Falls (or formally Thevathura Falls)(Sinhala: දේවතුර දියඇල්ල) is a waterfall in Nuwara Eliya District of Sri Lanka. The water cascades three falls and the lowest part is close to the road at the “ramboda pass”, and is approximately 10 meter in height. However, the upper part of waterfall is situated little above the road and is approximately 72 feet in height.

Glen Falls

Glen Falls is the second largest waterfall in the city. It is about 10 meters high and falls from the Single Tree Mountain which is at a walking distance from the city centre. It was said that in the past the waterfalls was so beautiful that it had carried large volume of water. But due to destruction of the forest cover by unauthorized development activities in the surrounding area its existence is being threatened.


Ravan Ella Falls

The Ravana Falls (popularly known as Ravana Ella-රාවණා ඇල්ල in Sinhala) is a popular sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country.

This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season, where the flow of water reduces dramatically. The falls form part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, and is located 6 km (3.7 mi) away from the local railway station at Ella

Situated in the Dry zone off Welimada this beautiful waterfall is a continuous stream of life to the villagers. It provides much needed water for the cultivation of vegetables, their main income. The life-line role of this tiny, yet beautiful waterfall is seen when we first arrived the village. While the surrounding mountains were dirty and dry this particular mountain was greenish and cultivated. According to villages the water of this stream has to be protected from smugglers day and night and for that they have “a shift duty”. It is 40m (131ft) tall and in the Uduhawara village.

Bombure Ella Falls

This 50m (164ft) and very broad waterfall, a tributary of Dalugala Oya (to Mahweli ganga) is situated in the village Parawella.
When we visited it, there is hardly any water, but during the rainy season it turned to be a gigantic waterfall.

Poona Oya Ella Falls

In the same location as above (at Ramboda Inn), there are about 5 waterfalls descending down to make the Kothmale river. One of them is “Poona Oya Ella Fall” which is actually a twin fall.

It is about 100m (330ft) and both falls about 4m away from each other. This is seen from A-5 road at 53km post and there is an observation site there.

Gerandi Ella Falls

Gerandi Ella waterfall is situated on the Kandy – Nuwara Eliya main highway at the 50th kilometer milepost, and the 9th culvert is constructed over the Gerandi Ella waterfall. When one looks at the mountain top from this spot, we could see a colossal rock that is shaped like a massive fortress.

The water cascading from this rock top comes down and half way the water thins out to a misty sheen. The height of this waterfall is approximately 100 meters (328 ft). It is approximately 1 1/2 Km from the highway. However, if we travel by the banks of the Gerandi Ella, we could not reach the waterfall proper.

Sheen Falls

Nuwara Eliya, Punduloya highway winding through scenic undulating mountain ranges and diverse vegetation almost touches the Sheen waterfall – a discerning traveler could feel the droplets on one’s face due to close proximity of the cascading water by the side of the highway.

Nanuoya Falls

Situated at the highest point of the mountainous lush hill country – Nanuoya waterfall 60 meters in height (197 ft) of undulating waterfall consists of two sections is truly a magnificent sight for the traveler to the hill country by the Ceylon Government Railway.

St.Clair Falls

These falls are unusual type consisting of a double cascade derived from different water sources. The bigger waterfall, the Mahal Ella is 80m high and is situated on the Kotmale Oya.

Flowing over a rock ledge then divides into three cascades plunging into a big pool. The smaller one of these two falls, the Kuda Ella is only 50m high and situated on a tributary of the Kotmale Oya. Just 3Km from Talawakelle to visit the falls there is a 500m footpath starting from the A7.

Waterfalls in Sri Lanka

Baker’s Waterfalls

The Baker’s Falls in the Horton Plains gets its water from the Belihul Oya. It is close to World’s End. The icy waters glisten in the sunshine amid a backdrop of mountain terrain and deep valleys and the patna through which you traverse give it contrast. If you are lucky you may see the rare black monkey and rhododendrons in bloom.

Bambarakanda Ella

Sri Lanka, Hongkong  is blessed with over one hundred waterfalls. The tallest is the Bambarakande Falls which cascades down 263 metres like liquid light. It is only four miles away from the Colombo-Bandarawela road in a forest glade, but it is not visited often, though well worth the trip.

Bambarakanda is taller than the famous Diyaluma falls which is only 220 metres but thought to be the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka. The Diyaluma or Diya Haluma collects its water from the Poonagala Oya in the vicinity of Koslanda and Wellawaya. Located six miles from Koslanda and 13 miles from Wellawaya, its waters originate from the Mahakande Pass in Koslanda. You can see this waterfall if you stop a while on your way to Haputale and detour.

Due to the geological formation of Sri Lanka, the central highlands are surrounded by peneplains, plateaus and valleys. Rainfall sends a large volume of water hurtling down the precipitous edges of the highland mass.

The up thrust millions of years ago has caused several peneplains to form, the highest being well over 6000 ft. It is in this area that the water is collected when there are showers and flows down along tributaries down the mountain slopes.


Bopath Ella

“Bopath Ella”, not like many of the others of her kind , finds her abode in a busy surrounding in the village called Devipahala off Kuruwita on A4 High Level road close to Ratnapura. Being within 3 hours driving distance from the capital, it thus claims the honour of having the highest turn-over of enthusiasts seeking respite from the grimy and monotonous town life .

Nevertheless, it has the notorious reputation of devouring its visitors off and on who , attracted by the surroundings ,indulge in over-enjoyment .Here again, the falls take the shape of a “Bo” leave ( “Bo” tree is a sacred tree here ) from which the name has been derived.

Diyaluma Waterfall

With an appearance and location which often make people believe that it is the highest waterfall in the isle, this lanky “Diyaluma” waterfall pours its way down and flows towards Kirindi Oya underneath a bridge on the highway from Beragala to Wellawaya.

The extent of water spilt downwards is so great during the rainy season that it makes amends for the monotonously undisturbed water trunk falling from head to foot with no intermediate cascade whatsoever. Its geographical location by one of the mostly used Highways spanning the Hill Country to the Plains speaks for its reputation not only here but in other parts of the world as well.




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