Rahas Ella Falls – රහස් ඇල්ල

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Height :15 meters
District :Kandy

The 15m tall Rahas Ella fall made up of two sections, formed by a brook (that flows from Devalegammedda village to Upper Wattegama) of the Ravan Oya (river), which begins in the Hunnasgiriya mountain range (1437m). At the base of the fall is a deep cleft, which makes for dangerous bathing. After Wattegama, the brook joins the Mahaweli River in the Iriyagasthennna GS, Rahas Ella Forest Reserve.


The surrounding four hectares of woodland includes species such as teak, jack and palmyra (Caryata urens), and the area’s wildlife includes mongoose, and a rare species of chameleon.

The fall’s eco-system has taken quite a battering over time, starting when the British stripped out indigenous flora and fauna and replaced it with cocoa and rubber, and even now, further deforestation and colonisation is causing soil erosion.

The nearby Wavulugala cave is believed to have once been the refuge of ancient King Sri-Wickrema Rajasinhe. According to folklore, the King placed his umbrella under the cascading waters of the fall, which parted, and revealed a stone door of a cave. Villagers say that those who come here to bathe alone often see a mysterious red object in the water and that those who try to retrieve it face certain death.

The fall is in the Kandy District Pathadumbara Divisional Secretariat. Take the Wathegama – Panwilla road for 0.5km, to reach it

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Map of Rahas Ella Falls

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Travel Directions to Rahas Ella Falls

Route from Kandy to Rahas Ella Falls (upto railway station)

Through : Lewella – Madawala
Distance : 15 km
Travel time : 40 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map

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