Dumbara Ella Falls – දුම්බර ඇල්ල

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Dumbara Ella

Dumbara Ella
Photo courtesy of Hashan Senadeera


Height :20 meters
District :Matale

At the foot of the 20m-high Dumbara Falls there is a cave that can accommodate up to eight people. The pools near the fall are of great zoological importance to Sri Lanka as found here are several species of fish, such as Garra phillipsi, Puntius martenstyni, Puntius srilankensis, Labeo fisheri and fresh water shrimp, as well as the otter (Lutra lutra).

The fall is situated in the Kalupahana area, Matale District (Laggala Divisional Secretariat). Take the road from Matale via Rattota for 36km, or travel the 7km from Laggala, to reach the ancient villages of Illukumbra, Rathninda and Mahalakotuwa, which belong to the Dumbara Forest. From any of these villages, it is then a four-hour trek through the thick jungle.

Lying far way from human habitation and inside the virgin forests of Knuckles, this waterfall is also referred as “Knuckles Podi Dowili Ella” or  “Knuckles Kuda Dowili Ella”.

Also See

Map of  Dumbara Ella Falls

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the marker points to approximate area of the waterfall in Thelgamu Oya close to Mahalakotuwa

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.

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Travel Directions to Dumbara Ella Falls

Route from Matale to Dumbara Ella Falls (Atanwala Area)

Through : Rattota – Pitawala
Distance : 40 km
Travel time : 1.5 hour
Driving directions : see om Bing map . Google Maps does not show the roads in this area

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