|Height :||20 meters|
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 give 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.
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Map of Manella Ella Falls
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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 traveling a further 1 km on this route.
The roads towards the waterfall is currently not mapped on google maps.