Alupotha Ella Falls (Pathambara Ella Falls) – අළුපොත ඇල්ල

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Height9 meters

The 9m Alupotha Ella Fall (Pathambara Ella Fall) derives its name from its location. It is also known as the Pathambara Falls (Slanted Falls) due to its physical attributes. According to legend, a red-coloured eel with miraculous powers inhabits the fall leading to yet another alias – the Rathambara Falls (Red Falls). Villagers believe that during drought seasons, the eel assumes the form of a deity clad in white clothes, an apparition of which is seen crossing the fall at midnight. After three consecutive days of sightings, rain falls. The villagers pay homage to the eel by leaving offerings of sweet meats close to the fall.


However, the legend continues that a girl having recently reached puberty washed her soiled clothes in the fall, causing offence, and the eel has not been sighted since. Another explanation for the eel’s no show is that a visiting prince left intruding footprints at the site, again causing great offence. The fall is situated in the Ratnapura District. To reach it, travel along the Ratnapura – Hangamuwa road and turn left along a gravel road to Alupotha village.

Note that the marker on the Google Map below points only to a approximate area of the waterfall. See directions above.

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Map of Alupotha Ella Falls (Pathambara Ella Falls)

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Travel Directions to Alupotha Ella Falls

Route from Ratnapura to Alupotha Ella Falls

Through : Hangamuwa
Distance : 10 km
Travel time : 20 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map


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