Hathbili Ella Falls (හත්බිලි ඇල්ල)

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Height :11 meters
District :Ratnapura

Hathbili Ella Falls (11m) is made up of two segments and springs from Kiribathgala Mountain. It flows to the Wee and the Kaluganga rivers. Years ago, the fall was known by the name ‘Kambugaldola’, though it has also been called ‘Bawana’ or ‘Meditating Falls’, due to the monks who lived nearby. A chilling tale lies behind the fall’s current name. After a hard day’s work, seven women habitually used to bathe in the fall. One day they disappeared without a trace.

Local villagers are still afraid of the site, claiming that apparitions of the deceased women continue to haunt the area. ‘Hathbili’ means ‘the sacrifice of seven lives’. The area surrounding the fall is of considerable natural beauty and is also home to various reptiles, including the hump-nosed viper.

The fall is situated near the Lellopitiya Nugalena Monastery in the Ratnapura District, Pelmadulla Electorate, 1.5km from the main road.

References

  1. Lanka Council On Waterfalls. (n.d.). Lanka Council On Waterfalls. http://www.srilankanwaterfalls.net/

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Travel Directions to Hathbili Ella Falls

Travel towards Balangoda from Ratnapura. Just before Lellolapitiya take a right turn towards a monastery called Nugalena and travel uphill on Singapuli Mountain until you come across a small boutique, from this point it is a 4WD trekking journey to the right.

Route from Ratnapura to Hathbili Ella
Through : Wewelwatta Road
Distance : 15 km
Travel time : 2 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map

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