Surathali Ella Falls – සුරතලී ඇල්ල

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Surathali Ella Falls

Surathali Ella Falls – by Dr Ashan Geeganage

Height :60 meters
District :Ratnapura

Surathali Ella Falls is 60m in height, 2m wide and made up of three segments. It is named after a film that was shot in the area. Originating from the Sri Pada Reserve’s Ellamana mountain range (948m), the fall is created by the Kadawath River, which flows along Sabaragamuwa Uva and later into the Weli River. It is bordered by an untouched wildlife sanctuary.

At the Mahaeliyakande there are certain soil crystals known as Sita Devi Guli, which resemble the rice used to make sweet meat, called Aggala. According to folklore, Sita Devi (Queen Sita) is said to have made sweet meat here and spilled some of it, which is what remains at the site today.

Another story has it that two villagers saw gold plates glittering in a cave, while on a jungle trek. They decided to retrieve the treasure and ventured inside the cave but as soon as they were inside, the stone door of the cave shut, barring their exit. They were allowed out only once they had acknowledged that the treasure belonged to King Walagamba.

Take the Balangoda – Badulla road to the 169 – 170th mile posts, between Halpe and Marangawela. Turn at the Belihul River, near Halpe and proceed for 8km along the Colombo – Ratnapura – Batticoloa road. Near the 105th mile post, 20m through mountainous jungle, the fall can be found.

The Belihul River rest-house is 8km away and the Koslande rest-house is 40km away.

Tge height of the Surathali Ella Falls seems to be disputed. The LCWF lists the fall as 60 meter high while the billboard near the fall fixed by the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council shows the height as 50m.

Other names : Surathalee Falls, Suratalee Falls, Surathali Falls, Suratali Falls, Surathalee Ella, Suratalee Ella, Surathali Ella, Suratali Ella

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Map of Surathali Ella Falls

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Travel Directions to Surathali Ella Falls

Route from Pambahinna Junction to Surathali Ella

Route from Beragala Junction to Surathali Ella

Distance : 7.5 km
Travel time : 10 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map
Distance : 13.5 km
Travel time : 15 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map

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