Baker’s Falls / Gonagala Ella – බේකර් (ගෝනගල) ඇල්ල

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Baker's Falls / Gonagala Ella

Baker’s Falls / Gonagala Ella – Photo by igoro_1963 licenced under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Height :22 meters
District :Nuwara Eliya

The 22m Baker’s Falls (sinhalese original name  : Gonagala Ella) is noted for the tremendous noise created by water pounding the large rock formation at its foot. Forming part of the Belihul Oya, it is surrounded by copious giant ferns.

Baker’s Falls derives its name from Sir Samuel Baker, a British man who discovered it in 1845. However, Baker is also credited with the short-sighted achievement of having shot 50 elephant, five deer and two buffaloes nearby.

Despite the presence of warning signs (that are often removed by confident bathers), the fall, and more specifically the 12m death trap of a plunge pool, has claimed numerous lives.

Situated on the Horton Plains (Nuwara Eliya District), Baker’s Falls is accessible from Pattipola or Ohiya town. From Pattipola take the well-signed footpath and either follow it to World’s End and loop back to Baker’s Falls or take the right fork at the beginning of the path straight there. Immediately before the fall, there is a steep, root-strewn bank, which can be difficult to negotiate, especially in wet weather.

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Travel Directions to Baker’s Falls / Gonagala Ella

The waterfall lies on Horton Plains World’s End Trail. The tail can be reached from the Pattipola or through Ohiya. If you start from Nuwara Eliya area you will be taking the Pattipola Route and for those coming through Bandarawela area, you will need to take Ohiya route.

Route from Nuwara Eliya to Worlds End Trail

Route from Bandarawela to to Worlds End Trail

Though : Kalukele – Anbewela – Pattipola
Distance : 32 km
Travel time : 1.5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Diyatalawa – Boralanda – Ohiya
Distance : 34 km
Travel time : 1.5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

Route from Worlds End Trail head to Baker’s Falls

Distance : 2.7 km
Travel time : 45 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map

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