Dehena Ella Falls / Gaslabu Ella (දෙහෙන ඇල්ල)

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Height (in metres)73
DistrictRatnapura

Dehena Ella, sometimes also called Gaslabu Ella is an impressive 73m in height and its source is a small spring called Gaslabu Ela originating from the western slopes of the Kondurugala mountain (1230 m) in the district of Ratnapura. The stream, known as Dehena Dola, flows from Perya Udagama on Dehena Mountain and cascades in twin chutes from the plain of Udaamunatenna. Afterwards, the water flows via Pandola to the Bambarakotuwa Oya River.

A small opening in the stone at the base of the pool near the fall is called ‘Gathula’, meaning ‘inside of the stone’. It is said that during heavy rain, the caves surrounding the fall are totally submerged and the road becomes obscured by mist. However, during dry spells the flow is languid. The land towards the top of the fall has been denuded for timber and tea plantations, which has caused the depletion of aquifers.

Take the Ratnapura – Sri Pada road and take the turning at Wevelwatte to Weveldola Valley for 25km. Dehena Falls is one of several here, located between the villages of Pahalagama and Amunugama. The sounds of the fall can be heard before it is visible. Ratnapura rest-house is 21km away.

Folklore says that this waterfall was used as a torture chamber by a regional king in ancient times. Therefore this was known as “Damana” Ella which became Dehena Ella with time. This waterfall is also known as the Gaslabu Ella (Guslabu Ella) among the locals.

Following are the waterfalls lying on the Ratnapura-Wewalwatte route

waterfalls lying on the Ratnapura - Wewalwatte route
  1. Aanda Ella waterfall
  2. Goxin Falls
  3. Katu Kithul Ella Waterfall
  4. Hal Ella Waterfall
  5. Dehena Ella Waterfall
  6. Pandi Oya Ella Waterfall
  7. Mandanagiri Ella Waterfall
  8. Wewel Ella Waterfall
  9. Bambarabotuwa Ella Waterfall
  10. Alupola Ella Waterfall
  11. Demala Ella Waterfall
  12. Beruwatta Ella Waterfall

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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Map of Dehena Ella Falls (Gaslabu Ella)

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Dehena Ella Falls (Gaslabu Ella) Video

An informative video clip by Nade Gura Travel & Conservation Society

Travel Directions to Dehena Ella Falls (Gaslabu Ella)

Route from Ratnapura to Dehena Ella Falls (Gaslabu Ella) Route from Balangoda to Dehena Ella Falls (Gaslabu Ella)
Though : – Wewalwatta Road
Distance : 24 km
Travel time : 45 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Wewalwatta Road
Distance : 28 km
Travel time : 45 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map

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