Gerandi Rikili Ella Falls – ගැරඬි රිකිලි ඇල්ල

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Gerandi Rikili Ella Fall
Gerandi Rikili Ella Fall – photo by Dr. Ashan Geeganage
Height :15 meters
District :Ratnapura

The Gerandi Rikili Ella Fall is 15m in height, with a width of 3m. It forms part of the Bolthure River, which begins on the right slope of the 1805m-high Dethanagala Mountain. The water then continues down the Pettigala Mountain, later joining the Walawe River.

The nearest town to this waterfall is Balangoda in  Ratnapura District. Take the Pettigala road from Balangoda for 6km and the fall can be seen at the Pettigala Masthenne section. An alternative is to travel to Budu Katuwa, 20km from Balangoda on the road to Bogawantalawa. From here it is a 2km trek through tea estates. The Balangoda rest-house is 6km away.


There are number of narrow and long waterfalls in Sri Lanka by the name of Garandi Ella which literally means Rat Snake Waterfall. The resemblance of these waterfalls to a slithering  rat snakes has given rise to many waterfalls being called by this name. The most popular and the well known is the Gerandi Ella ( aka Gerandigini Ella) in Tawalantanna area. Another Gerandi Ella in Passara came in to limelight in January 2022 when 5 family members drowned together at the fall.

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Travel Directions to Gerandi Rikili Ella Fall

From Balangoda, take the Bogawantalawa Road.

Route from Colombo to Gerandi Rikili Ella

Route from Balangoda to Gerandi Rikili Ella

Through : low level road – Avissawella – Ratnapura – Balangoda
Distance : 160 km
Travel time : 4 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Bogawantalawa Road
Distance : 20 km
Travel time : 45 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map


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