Asupini Ella Falls/ Ahupini Ella Falls (අහුපිනි / අසුපිනි ඇල්ල)

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Height (in metres)30
DistrictKandy

The 30m fall forms part of the Maha River that originates from both sides of the Raksawa mountains and is itself 570m above sea level. The upper area of the fall winds through an area known as Uda Palatha, upstream of which is the Divisional Secretary’s Uduwella GS area, in the backdrop of Apalawatte Pallegama village.

The fall forms a plunge pool strewn with rocks where people are not encouraged to bathe due to the risk of drowning. Also at the base of the pool are crevasses known as Pinikandawela and Tissakumarawella that are said to house treasure by villagers.

The fall is steeped in history. According to ancient books written about border demarcations, this fall acted as a demarcation between the area of Satara Korale and Paranu Kuru Korale. Also, according to folklore, the fall derives its name from a desperate suicide attempt, where a mounted monarch leapt from its upper reaches. Villagers say that the fall sometimes emits a fearsome roar that can last for 15 minutes and that this signifies that it will claim a human sacrifice within a two-month period.

The fall is 49km from Pussalawe and 44km from Kitugala. The upper reach is about 5km from Dolosbage in the Kandy District and can be accessed by passing Horawela. The foot of the fall can be reached by travelling through Mawanella in the Kegale District, across Horawela. A four-wheel drive vehicle is the best option.

Horawela path can be taken from the Mawanella – Aranayake – Horawela route ( B278 route) or the Mawanella – Hemanthagama (B729) – Horawela route. The Hemanthagama route is said to be better than the Aranayake Route. You will need a 4-wheel drive from Horawela and a good 45-minute hike ( 1½ km) to the observation platform.

References

  1. Kautzsch, E. (2003). A Guide to the Waterfalls of Sri Lanka (2nd ed.). Tisara Prakasakayo.
  2. Lanka Council On Waterfalls. (n.d.). Lanka Council On Waterfalls. http://www.srilankanwaterfalls.net/

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Travel Directions to Asupini Ella Falls (Ahupini Ella)

Route from Colombo Ahupini / Asupini Ella Falls Route from Kandy  to Ahupini / Asupini Ella Falls
Through : Awissawella – Ruwanwella – Bulathkohupitiya – Dolosbage
Distance : 122 km
Travel time : 3 hours
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Through : Gampola – Singhapitiya
Distance : 40 km
Travel time : 1 hour
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