Bambarakanda Ella Falls – බඹරකන්ද ඇල්ල
|Height :||241 meters|
Bambarakanda is the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka with a sheer drop of a 263 meters. In the world ranking its the 299th tallest waterfall in the world. The fall lies in the Badulla District among a evergreen forest in the Kalupahana Area.
This is not a wide waterfall but drops as a thin line from a rocky outcrop. The fall is formed by the Uduweriya Haputale mountain and Kuda Oya, a tributary of Walawe River.
- Waterfalls of Sri Lanka
- Other Places of Interest Within Close Proximity
Map of Bambarakanda Ella Falls
Note that the two locations identified by Google Maps as the Bambarakanda Falls is some what wrong.
The map above also shows other places of interest within a approximately 20 km radius of the current site. Click on any of the markers and the info box to take you to information of these sites
Zoom out the map to see more surrounding locations using the mouse scroll wheel or map controls.
To each the waterfall, you need to travel along the Balangoda – Badulla Route ( A4 ) to Kalupahana town. This small town lies between belihul Oya and Beragala. The turn off to wards the falls is identified by a small sign board. Travel along this curvy road for about 3.5 kms where you will come to place that the fall is directly visible to your left (see map bellow). This road is very narrow, washed away and full of pot holes. A four wheel drive is recommended though a van with a high ground clearance could get there. The base of the fall is few hundred meters from the road, and no clear path is available to reach there.
From Kalupahana take the road to Ohiya through Bambarakanda falls. Travel time from Kalupahana approx 30–40 min’s due to road condition.
Download the google earth companion KMZ file of amazinglanka.com from here to see the routes from Kalupahana to Ohiya through Bambarakanda falls (requires a 4×4) and the hiking tracks which leads to the to top of the bambarakanda falls, Lanka Ella Falls, Uduwara Falls and Nagaduwa Falls which are around the same route.
Route from Colombo to Bambarakanda Ella Falls
|Though : Horana – Ratnapura – Pelmadulla – Belihuloya – Kalupahana|
distance : 172 km
Travel time : 4 hours
Driving directions : see on google map