Makulu Ella Falls – මකුලු ඇල්ල

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Makulu Ella Falls
Makulu Ella Falls – photo by Dr Ashan Geeganage
Height :4 meters
District :Kegalle

The name of the Makulu Ella Fall refers to the bewildering varieties of spiders, which once upon a time webbed here. The milieu of the fall, which is the Makandawa Conservation, is rich in bio- diversity. The animal species consists amongst others: Jungle fowl, Giant Squirrel, Deer Wild boar. There is a bridge with wooden planks here. Slow water flow for about 120m steps over a 30m wide rocky formation ending with a 4m drop and creating the 8m Water Falls. Tourist, who comes to Kitulgala Rest House for bird watching, invariably is drawn to this picturesque waterfall located amidst a water hole dotted terrain, much to the delight of tourists, who take a dip.

The fall is in Makandawa Conservation, Yatiyantota PS, Kegalle District. From Deraniyagala go to Pallebage Village a trek of about 3km takes you to the fall. Another route is to go to boat from Kitulgala Rest House Jetty, to Egodavla Parawala Tenne Village and peregrinate along the Kurulu Kelle (Birds Jungle) to reach the fall. Another way to reach the fall is to come to Makulu Falls Bridge spanning 35m & a meter wide. The bridge could be reached either from the direction of Pallebage or Kitulgala.


To access the fall across the kelani river, cross the Kelani River by a 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 lies 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 in to the reserve where the foot path splits in to two. The left path takes you to the Makulu Ella Falls after about 500m. The right footpath will take you to the Lenkiri Falls.

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Travel Directions to Makulu Ella Falls

Route from Colombo to Makulu Ella Falls

Through : Hanwella – Avissawella – Karawanella
Distance : 90 km
Travel time : 2 hours
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