Dunhinda Ella (Bridal Falls) at Badulla – දුන්හිඳ ඇල්ල

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Dunhinda Ella (Bridal Falls)
Dunhinda Ella (Bridal Falls)
Height :63 meters
District :Badulla

Dunhinda is considered to be one of the most enchanting falls in Sri Lanka and is in close proximity to Badulla town. The water resembles a thin cloud as it cascades 63m downwards into a large pool. The backdrop to the fall is known as ‘Dunhinda Adaviya’. ‘Dunhinda’ translates to ‘spraying/vapour waterfall’ – the word ‘dun’ means ‘gave/was given’, while ‘hinda’ means ‘evaporate’.

This fall is steeped in history. The area was once inhabited by indigenous people – the Veddha tribe. During the time of King Rajasinhe, a giant fern got stuck at the top of the fall, between two mountains. This acted as a dam, which resulted in the flooding of Badulla town.

Seeing the gravity of the situation, the king entrusted the task of clearing the sluice to a person named ‘Ranhavadidaraya’. After toiling for three months he managed to clear the water and the town re-emerged.

The fern was swept away but got stuck again at a place now known as Pussellawa (‘pus’ meaning fern). It was the first fall on the island where a fee was introduced to view it. This applies to both local and foreign visitors.

Dunhinda Falls is 5km from Badulla town and from the main highway it is a tortuous 1km walk. The Ella rest-house is 29km away.

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Map of  Dunhinda Ella Falls

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Travel Directions to Dunhinda Ella Falls

Badulla town lies 3.5 km further down the Mahiyangana-Badulla Road. From the last point you need to walk approximately 1.2 km’s through a mountainous track to reach the waterfall. This is a safe and frequently used path due to the popularity of the fall.

Route 1 from Colombo Dunhinda Falls

Route 2 from Colombo to Dunhinda Falls

Through : Ratnapura – Balangoda – Haputale – Bandarawela
Distance : 225 km
Travel time : 5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Kandy – Tannekumbura – Mahaweli Raja Mawatha – Mahiyangana/Badulla Road
Distance : 225 km
Travel time : 5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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