Lenkiri Ella Falls (ලේන්කිරි ඇල්ල)

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Height :20 meters
District :Kegalle

This 20m high Lenkiri Ella Fall cascades in three stages, with the final drop measuring 20m and presenting a spectacular scenario. The journey itself is a unique experience, with the sounds of animals and the chirps of adventurous birds. Due to the dense canopy formed by the closed forest, sunlight is barred and coldness prevails. The route winds through mountainous country. Ironically, the relics of a road constructed by wildlife officers in the 1965 and 1967 period to transport still remain to be seen.

The Lenkiri Falls is in Yatiyaktota PS, Kegalle District at Kitugala Makandawa Conservation area. To reach the Falls get a bus from the Awisawela – Ginigathhena Road come to Kitulgala Town, and from behind the Ceylon Tourists Board Rest House, jetty, cross the Keleni River and come to Paravalalatenne Village which is abutted by the jungle conservation on one side and the Kelani River on the other.

From here another km ahead is the 180 hectares Makandewa Conservation. It is 909m above MSL, a jungle belt. Extends to the south. Trekking through the Jungle the point at where the route bisects is met. Take the left route, which is narrow and precipitous to view the lower part of the fall; it cascades from a sloping rock formation extending to about 150 feet.

The LCWF has listed this waterfall under Galle district which is a mistake. This waterfall lies in the Kegalle District.

To access the fall across the Kelani river, cross the Kelani River by boat from near the famous Kitulgala Rest house. There are boats which will carry across the river for a minimum fee. The other side of the river is the Parawalatenna Village. Walking across the village for about 1km will bring you to the entrance of the Makandawa Forest Reserve. There are 2 waterfalls in this reserve which lie close to each other. One is the Makulu Ella and the other is the Lenkiri Ella.

Walk along the footpath for about 1/2 km into the reserve where the footpath splits into two. The left path takes you to the Makulu Ella Falls after about 500m. The right footpath will take you to the Lenkiri Falls.

References

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

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Travel Directions to Lenkiri Ella Falls

Route from Colombo to Lenkiri Ella
Through : Hanwella – Avissawella – Karawanella
Distance : 90 km
Travel time : 2 hours
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