Gal Oruwa Ella Falls (Gal Doruwa Ella) – ගල් ඔරුව ඇල්ල (ගල්දෝරුව ඇල්ල)


Gal Oruwa Ella Falls (Gal Doruwa Ella)

Gal Oruwa Ella Falls (Gal Doruwa Ella)

Height :30 meters
District :Galle

The 30m Gal Oruwa Ella Falls’s catchments are the aquifers of Sinharaja Forest. The stream flows between two boulders measuring 30m high 2m wide & 40m in lengths. There is a boulder at the bottom covering the fall on three sides, resembling a boat synonymous whit it’s name: Rock Boat

The fall cascades into this boat shaped abyss, emitting a fearful roar. The pool located at its base measures 25mx2m. From here the gushing water flows through a subterranean passage for about 40m before emerging from beneath. From colonial period, the fall had been associated with lepers. In 1993 several of them were found at a medical clinic held at Sinharaja Pitadeniya.

Located in Lankagama Village, Galle Districts, Hiniduma Electorate, the fall can be reached along the Lankagama road.

This fall is the 4th waterfall of five waterfalls created by this Hariyawa water stream within a distance of less than 1 km. The waterfalls created by this stream are

Leach protection is highly recommended when hiking to these waterfalls.

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Travel Directions to Gal Oruwa Ella Falls (Gal Doruwa Ella)

The closest paths to the falls which lies in the Sinharaja Rain Forest are Neluwa – Lankagama route.

Neluwa can be reached from Colombo through 3 routes. The Falls lies close to the village of Lankagama on the Kosmulla – Lankagama road. After traveling about 7 kms on this route you will also pass another beautiful waterfall called Neluwa Doowili Falls. Travel further 15 km (approx) to reach Lankagama. Parts of this road has been concreted but some sections are highly dilapidated. You will require a 4 wheel drive, lorry or a 3 wheeler to reach Lankagama. The waterfall can be viewed from the road itself or walk few meters in to the jungle to get a better view.

Alternatively, you can take a 3 wheeler from Neluwa. They will probably take a shorter route to Lankagama. This route has a bridge which only a 3 wheeler can go. Anything wider will find it very difficult to squeeze through. But this route will bypass the Doowili Falls, so you will have to give the 3 wheeler proper instructions.

You also can access the waterfall through Sinharaja Rain Forest which can be accessed through the Deniyaya – Mederipitiya route.

Route 1 from Colombo to Lankagama Gal Oruwa Ella ( up to Mediripitiya)

Route 2 from Colombo to Lankagama Gal Oruwa Ella ( up to Kosmulla, Lankagama Road)

Through : Southern Expressway – Elpitiya – Pitigala – Neluwa – Kotapola – Deniyaya – Pallegama – Mediripitiya
Distance : 190 km
Travel time : 4 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Southern Expressway – Kurundugahahetekma – Elpitiya – Pitigala – Thanwalama
distance : 115 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google mapA 15 km stretch from Pitagala to Thawalama is in a bad state with large pot holes and might take a good 1 hour off the total time. The balance part of the road is in a good stage

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