The Beauty and Serenity of Laxapana Waterfall: A Must-Visit Destination in Sri Lanka

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Height :129 meters
District :Nuwara Eliya

Nestled in the heart of Sri Lanka’s central highlands lies a breathtaking natural wonder that is sure to leave you awestruck – Laxapana Waterfall. With its cascading waters, lush greenery, and serene surroundings, this must-visit destination offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you’re an adventure seeker looking for an adrenaline rush or simply seeking some peace amidst nature’s beauty, Laxapana Waterfall is the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. So pack your bags and get ready to experience the mesmerizing charm of one of Sri Lanka’s most enchanting waterfalls!

Introduction to Laxapana Waterfall

Laxapana Waterfall, located in Sri Lanka’s Central Province, is one of the island’s most popular tourist destinations. The waterfall is fed by the Maskeliya Oya, a tributary of the Kelani River, and is approximately 423 feet (129 meters) high.

The fall is thought to derive its name from the presence of iron ore (laksha) in the rocks over which the water flows. The fall was said to house a labyrinth of tunnels, one of which still exists. According to Dr Kautzsch, the old Sinhalese name of this waterfall is “Movini Ella” (මෝවිනි ඇල්ල).

The best way to experience Laxapana Waterfall is by taking a dip in the pool at its base. The water is refreshingly cool and invigorating, and the surroundings are incredibly peaceful and serene.

Laxapana Reservoir, where the fall is found, is used by power stations at New Laxapana, Canyon and Polpitye Samanala resulting in a certain amount of water depletion. Several villages including Laxapana, Pathana, Kiriwaneliya, Muruthatenna, Kottalena, Hunugala and Belumgala surround the fall.

The fall was said to house a labyrinth of tunnels, one of which still exists.

History of the Laxapana Waterfall

There are several legends about the name Laxapana. Some say it means Hundred Thousand Lamps which is the literal meaning of Laxapana in Sinhala which is connected to the Wimalasurendra power station fed by this waterfall. Some say it’s derived from the presence of iron ore (laksha) in the rocks over which the water flows.

Travel Information

The best time to visit the falls is between June and September when the water level is high. However, the waterfall can be visited year-round.

The fall is 660m above sea level in the Nuwara Eliya Ambagamuwa Korale at the Ginigathhena Divisional Secretariat. The most convenient route is the Hatton-Maskeliya road. Take this road for 18km from Hatton, where a footpath leads down past the Pathana village to the fall. Alternatively, take the Laxapana road from the Kaluganga River junction for 14km to the Laxapana Temple. The fall is just 2.5km from here.

It is possible to go to the top of the Laxapana Falls by taking a by-road which lies about 500 meters away towards Maskeliya Road. Travel 2.3 km on this road and then you need to walk down for about 100 meters to reach to fall. This is a motorable road.

Safety and Precautions when Visiting

When visiting any natural destination, it is always important to be aware of your surroundings and take necessary precautions to stay safe. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when visiting Laxapana Waterfall:

  • Wear proper footwear. The pathway to the waterfall can be slippery, so make sure you are wearing shoes with good traction.
  • Be cautious when swimming. The currents at the base of the waterfall can be strong, so it is important to swim with caution and only in designated areas.
  • Be aware of your belongings. It is easy for things to get lost or swept away in the water, so keep a close eye on your belongings at all times.
  • Respect the environment. Please do not litter or disturb any of the natural surroundings during your visit.

Tips for Photographing the Waterfall

If you’re planning a trip to see Laxapana Waterfall, there are a few things you can do to make sure you get the best photos possible. First, try to visit during the daytime when the sun is shining directly on the waterfall. This will give your photos a bright and vibrant look. Second, use a tripod if you have one so that your camera is steady and doesn’t shake while you’re taking long exposures. Experiment with different compositions and angles to get unique shots of this beautiful natural wonder.

Laxapana Waterfall is a must-visit destination for any traveller looking to experience the beauty and serenity of Sri Lanka. With its breathtaking views, lush greenery, and refreshing waters, this enchanting waterfall is sure to provide an unforgettable experience. Whether you are looking for a day trip or an extended stay, Laxapana Waterfall should be at the top of your list when planning your next getaway in Sri Lanka.


  1. Kautzsch, E. (2003). A Guide to the Waterfalls of Sri Lanka (2nd ed.). Tisara Prakasakayo.

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Map of Laxapana Ella Falls

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Travel Directions to Laxapana Ella Falls

Route from Maskeliya to Laxapana FallsRoute from Maskeliya to Laxapana falls
Though : Nortonbrige
Distance : 14 km
Travel time : 30-45 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Norton – Maskeliya Road
Distance : 15 km
Travel time : 30-45 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map


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