Galboda Ella Falls – ගල්බොඩ ඇල්ල


Galboda Ella Falls

Galboda Ella Falls in full force during rainy season photo source : wikimedia

Height :30 meters
District :Nuwara Eliya

The Galboda Ella Fall (aka Galaboda Ella Falls) originates from the Galboda Canal (also known as the Hanguranketha River), in the Central Province wet zone. Annual rainfall here exceeds 4500mm, 60% of the rain coming from the south-west monsoon (dry season is January to February). Watawala, the area of Sri Lanka that receives the highest amount of rainfall on the island, is nearby. Galboda Falls is 30m high but the width ranges from between 3m and 6m, depending on the season.

At certain times of year, the water also cascades in two streams. Growing in the surrounding woodland is a rare species of orchid and the vicinity is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Among them are 12 species of reptile and four are only found in Sri Lanka.

The upper section of the fall is unique in its biodiversity, thus it is of paramount importance to limit any potential danger to the area. In 1869, following the construction of the Nawalapitiya – Hatton railway, agriculture (tea and coffee plantations) proliferated, causing erosion.

Fortunately, the jungle either side of the river has prevented the soil being washed away by the water. The name of the fall, (Galboda means ‘fall adjoining the stone’) is said to derive from the large boulder situated at its foot, though another theory is that the water here is heavier than anywhere else on the island.

Galboda Ella Falls

Galboda Ella Falls – photo by Dr. Ashan Geeganage

A temple to the deity Mahasamy, one of seven deities collectively known as Devol who came to the hill country, stands on the mountain above the fall. Mahasamy is the only one of the seven who remained in the hill country. The fall is located on Hatton rail track in an abandoned but picturesque tea estate adjacent to Galboda station, Nawalapitiya, Nuwara Eliya District (920m above sea level). Taking the train is therefore very convenient. It is also possible to take the Nawalapitiya – Dekinda road but this is a difficult route. Hatton is the closest town.

Galboda is a small village located along the rail track between Watawala and Nawalapitiya.  access roads to this  was said to be almost non exsitance till recently.  There are 2 ways you can reach the Galboda Ella waterfall. One is by train.

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Travel Directions to Galboda Ella Falls

Route from Nawalapitiya to Galboda Ella

Through : Galboda Road
Distance : 16 km ( + 1 km hike on a foot path)
Travel time :1 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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