Pandioya Ella Falls (පාන්ඩිඔය ඇල්ල)

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Height :45 meters
District :Ratnapura

Pandioya Falls is 45m in height and is enclosed by woodland. Its name derives from the ‘pandi’ (Garra ceylonensis) species of fish that are a formidable sight swimming upstream along the rocks, against the flow of water. The fall’s source is the Pandi River, which springs from the nearby Bathgurula Mountain (1045m), southwest of the Sri Pada Reserve. It later flows to the Kalu Ganga River. Bambarakande Mountain provides a stunning backdrop.

There are 2 waterfalls at the top of the Pandi Oya steam which could be possibly Madanagiri Ella and the Pandioya Ella. The two waterfalls are at the same level probably on two streams, one falling onto the Pandi Oya. It’s not easy to climb up to the waterfalls.

Following are the waterfalls lying on the Ratnapura-Wewalwatte route

waterfalls lying on the Ratnapura - Wewalwatte route
  1. Aanda Ella waterfall
  2. Goxin Falls
  3. Katu Kithul Ella Waterfall
  4. Hal Ella Waterfall
  5. Dehena Ella Waterfall
  6. Pandi Oya Ella Waterfall
  7. Mandanagiri Ella Waterfall
  8. Wewel Ella Waterfall
  9. Bambarabotuwa Ella Waterfall
  10. Alupola Ella Waterfall
  11. Demala Ella Waterfall
  12. Beruwatta Ella Waterfall


  1. Kautzsch, E. (2003). A Guide to the Waterfalls of Sri Lanka (2nd ed.). Tisara Prakasakayo.
  2. Lanka Council On Waterfalls. (n.d.). Lanka Council On Waterfalls.

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Map of Pandioya Ella Falls

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Travel Directions to Pandioya Ella Falls

Take the Wevelwatte highway in the Ratnapura District via Gilimale to Bibile village. From here it is a tortuous trek of 6km through assorted flora and creepers. There is no defined path so it is necessary to hire a local guide. There is a bus service as far as Bibile.

Although access to waterfall is restricted you can see this waterfall from the main Wewelwatte Road from the Diyabibile area.

Route from Ratnapura to Pandioya Ella

Route from Balangoda to Pandioya Ella

Through : Wewelwatta Road
Distance : 25 km
Travel time : 45 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Wewelwatta Road
Distance : 26 km
Travel time : 45 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map


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