Dunsinane Falls : Pundalu Oya Ella (පුන්ඩලු ඔය ඇල්ල)

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Height (in metres)100
DistrictNuwara Eliya

This impressive 100m-high Dunsinane fall  (Pundalu Oya Ella) cascades in a spectacular sequence of steps before flowing to the Pundalu Oya (river), the Kotmale River and finally the Kotmale Reservoir. The nearest town is Pundalu Oya. This waterfall is also known as Dunsinane Falls, Dunsinan-Sheen Falls, Dansinanshin Falls, and Pundalu Oya Ella.

This waterfall lies between 2 tea plantations,  Dunsinane on one side and Sheen Estate on the other. Therefore this waterfall is called Dunsinane Falls joining both names.

The waterfall flows in 2 segments bisected by the road bridge. The top segment falls over a wide rocky ledge creating a sheet of water falling a 30-meter drop. This is the only part of the waterfall which can be properly viewed from the bridge. The second part which is approx 70m high lies hidden below the bridge. Due to the steepness of the area going to the bottom of the fall is difficult and the area covering the river below has been designated as a high security zone with the Upper Kotmale Project.


  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.

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Map of Dunsinane Falls

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Dunsinane Falls Video

An informative video clip by Nade Gura Travel & Conservation Society

Travel Directions to Dunsinane Falls

Route from Talawakele to Dansinanshin Falls Route from Nuwara Eliya to Dansinanshin falls
Though : – Pundaluoya Road
Distance : 23 km
Travel time : 45 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Gampola Road
Distance : 40 km
Travel time : 1 hour
Driving directions : see on google map


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