Neluwa Dowili Ella Falls (නෙළුව දූවිලි ඇල්ල)

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Height :17 meters
District :Galle

Other Names : : doovili falls, doowili falls , duvili falls, duwili falls, doovili Ella, doowili Ella , duvili Ella, duwili Ella

Sinharaja Rain Forest is home to 19 waterfalls out of which 11 are located in the Galle District. They are Pathanoya Falls, Suduwalikotha Falls, Brahmana Falls, Hathbinna Falls, Malmora Falls, Neluwa Dowili falls, Wathugala falls, Lankagama Kekuna Falls, Nellugolla Falls and Beraliya Dola Falls.

One of the most popular falls in this area is the Neluwa Dowili Falls which lies about 8 km away from the Neluwa town. The fall is 17m in height and 1m wide. “Dowili ” meaning dust is a quite popular name for waterfalls which create a misty atmosphere which looks like a dust cloud around the bottom. Therefore each Dowili fall is uniquely identified by adding the name of the village or town where the fall is located. Thus this fall has become Neluwa Dowili Falls.

This fall is located in the area called Kosmulla on the route to Lankagama and is a quite popular destination for local as well as foreign tourists. The area around this fall is well maintained and steps have been built to reach to top of the falls. There are three viewpoints to this fall. One leads to the lower fall ( where the first photo was taken) and the next leads to the bottom of the upper fall ( where the 2nd photo was taken). The same footsteps lead to the top of the fall too.

Two large bathing ponds are built at the bottom of the falls by diverting the water from the stream. The first one is shallow and suitable for kids. The second one is a little deeper but safe. The area is well landscaped and changing room facilities are also provided. The access to the pool is restricted by a fence and the is a small fee ( Rs 30 ) per person to enter the facility. It’s open from 9 to 5.

Another waterfall Brahmana Ella also lies further down this road. This fall is located near the small hamlet of Lankagama and can be seen from the road itself. But you may need a 4×4 to travel up to this falls due to the dilapidated condition of the road.

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Travel Directions to Neluwa Dowili Ella Falls

Neluwa can be reached from Colombo through 3 routes.

Route 1 from Colombo to Neluwa Route 2 from Colombo to Neluwa
Though : Southern Expressway – Kurundugahahetekma – Elpitiya – Pitigala – Thanwalama
Distance : 134 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Kalutara – Mathugama
Distance : 116 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Route 3 from Colombo to Neluwa
Though : Southern Expressway – Pinnaduwa (Galle) – Akmemana – Kottawa – Nakiyadeniya
distance : 185 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google mapLonger route but best road at the moment

The turn-off to Dowili Ella is on Pelawatta Road about 500 meters from the junction. This road is called Kosmulla – Lankagama Road


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