Handapan Ella Falls – හඳපාන් ඇල්ල

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Handapan Falls

Handapan Falls – photo by Dr. Ashan Geeganage

Height :23 meters
District :Ratnapura

The Handapan Ella Falls (23m in height), springs from the 1230m-high Handapan Ella Valley and is the starting point of the Rakwana River.  A group of aquifers is also formed here. The northern slope of the valley is situated between Kabaragala Mountain and Sinharaja Mountain.

During the period of the Kandyan kingdon, this area was under the rule of chieftain Ehelepola Nileme. Local villagers believe that his treasure trove is hidden in the fall.


From Rakwana, take the Ratnapura – Deniyaya road and at the end of Buluthota Pass, it is a 4km trek along a difficult rocky path to the fall, which is located in the jungle near Paluna village. Alternatively, from Ratnapura take the road to Kalawana via Rambukka Rajawatte. Head towards Rakwana to see the fall.

The fall is 32km from Ratnapura. A convenient place to stay is the Rakwana rest-house, 7km away.

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Travel Directions to Handapan Ella Falls

Route from Colombo to Handapan Ella

Route from Ratnapura to Handapan Ella

Through : Southern Highway – Dodangoda – Mathugama – Kalawana – Rakwana Road
Distance : 144 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Pelmadulla – Kahawatte – Madampe – Rakwana  – Kalawana Road
Distance : 53 km
Travel time : 1 hour
Driving directions : see on google map

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