Pahanthuda Ella Falls – පහන්තුඩ ඇල්ල

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Pahanthuda Ella Falls

Pahanthuda Ella Falls – photo by Ashan Geeganage

Height :5 meters
District :Ratnapura

This 5m high Pahanthuda Ella (Pahantuda Ella) waterfall is located about 1.5 km off Belihuloya. To reach the fall you need to travel along the Ihalagalagama road for 1 km and then walk down the mountain for 1/2 km.

Pahanthuda literary means the wick (of a small clay lamp specially used in temples). The Fall is named for its shape of the base pool which resembles a shape of a clay lamp. The waterfall resemble a the wick of the lamp.

The LCWF has identified this waterfall as the Galagama Falls and Eberhard Kautzsch in his “A guide to waterfalls of Sri Lanka” too states “Galagama Fall is called Pahantuda Ella by native people after the Pahantuda wick. burner of a small oil lamp. The waterfalls shape looks very much like this”. But it is now the general consensus that the Galagama Ella lies above this waterfall and lies on the edges of Horton Plains.

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Travel Directions to Pahanthuda Ella Falls

Route from Colombo to Pahanthuda Ella

Route from Belihuloya to Pahanthuda Ella

Through : Hanwella – Rathnapura – Balangoda – Belihuloya – Ihalagalagama road
Distance : 150 km
Travel time : 2 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Ihalagalagama road
Distance : 1 km
Travel time : 2 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map

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