Manella Ella Falls (මානැල්ල ඇල්ල)

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Height :20 meters
District :Kegalle

The Manella Ella Falls comprises twin falls, of 6m and 20m, and both are surrounded by giant ferns (Pus) and Pandanus tectorious. It is at this fall that King Walagamba (103 BC) is said to have taken refuge and organised his armies, and the number of caves in the area gives credence to these claims.

Local villagers believe that the fall is home to a magical eel with a golden earring and that the area is guarded by the god Manella. In homage, the villagers tie religious objects to Nuga trees, and during droughts chant for rains.

The fall is situated at the border between Pallepalpita and Udapalpita in the Kegalle District’s Warakapola Provincial Secretariat Division’s (PSD), Weragala village area. To get there, take the bus from Warakapola town across Galapitamada to Weragala. Alternatively, at the Nelumdeniya junction, board a bus from Dedigama to Galapitamada. Alight at Kewuldeniya and trek for a distance of about 6km to the fall.

References

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

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Travel Directions to Manella Ella Falls

To reach the waterfall, Travel towards Kotiyakumbura uptown Liyangahamula (approx 9.5 km). Cross the river and travel towards Patti Palpita for about 2.3 km to reach the 2nd bridge. The pathway to the fall can be reached by travelling a further 1 km on this route

Route from Colombo up to the Mannakethi Ella Falls
Through : Yakkala – Ruwanwella
Distance : 70 km
Travel time : 2 hours
Driving directions : see on google map .


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