Mana Ella Falls (Manawala Ella) – මාන ඇල්ල

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Height :23 meters
District :Badulla

The 23m Mana Ella Falls (also called Manawala Ella Fall)  is set amongst lush tea plantations. The fall’s upper reach is made up of seven stone basins. Water flows over these and in turn onto and over the Welimada Plateau to the end of the Uma River valley, creating the twin fall. One of the streams cascades freely as the other impacts with a rock creating a fan of water that is said to resemble a peacock’s feathers.

The fall is said to be where bygone kings spent their leisure time. According to forklore, it was  here that the virgins of ancient King Walagamba bathed as he sat contentedly and watched. Nevertheless, most probable is that it is said that the a regional king called Manabharana ruled from this area.  This waterfall has been their bathing place and a palace has been built at the top of the falls. Until recently an inscription of a crown and a chain could be found on a nearby stone seat, thought to date back to such days. Other ruins of the palace can bee seen at the top of the fall but these ruins have have fallen victim to the destructiveness of treasure looters. Today you can see the ruins of the ancient Amuna across the stream along with the canal which carried the water out from the stream and a seat cut from the living rock.

It has been reported that the top of the waterfall is heavily polluted by pesticide bottles thrown by potato farmers up steam. Hundreds of bottles empty pesticide are stuck at the Amuna.

Mana Ella Falls lies in the Badulla District, on the Welimada – Pussellawa road at Lunuwatte.

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Travel Directions to Mana Ella Falls

To reach the base of the fall you need to walk through a slippery turpentine patch.

Route from Welimada to Mana Ella

Route from Bandarawela to Mana Ella

Through : Ambagasduwa – Lunuwatte
Distance : 12 km
Travel time : 30 minutes
Driving directions : see on bing map ( road not available on google map)
Through : Welimada – Ambagasduwa – Lunuwatte
Distance : 33 km
Travel time : 1 hour
Driving directions : see on bing map ( road not available on google map)

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