Sri Pada Falls / Adam’s Peak Falls / Gartmore Falls – ශ්‍රී පාද ඇල්ල

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Sri Pada Falls / Adam's Peak Falls / Gartmore Falls

Sri Pada Falls
photo courtesy of Dr. Ashan Geeganage

Height :25 metres
District :Nuwara Eliya

This waterfall is commonly known as Sri Pada falls due its proximity to Sri Pada holy mountain. Since this waterfall lies inside the Gartmore  estate it is also known by the name Gartmore  Falls.

Sri Pada Falls directly falls on to the Maskeliya Reservoir and is fed by two streams which joins above the falls. Each of these streams creates a waterfall before joining and lies inside the Gartmore Estate. These two waterfalls are jointly called Gartmore Estate Waterfalls.

Gartmore Estate waterfalls which feeds the Sri Pada Falls

Gartmore Estate waterfalls which feeds the Sri Pada Falls
photo courtesy of: Ashan Geeganage

Another waterfall of about the same height lies several hundreds meters away from Sri Pada Falls feeding the same Maskeliya Reservoir is called Moray Falls. Due to the close proximity of these two falls some confuse the names of these waterfalls and the Moray Falls is sometimes identified as the Sri Pada Falls.

Sri Pada Falls / Adam's Peak Falls / Gartmore Falls

Gartmore Falls ( Sri Pada Falls) and Muray Falls over Maskeliya Resoveior in a single Frame.
Source : www.elakiri.com

The Lanka Council on Waterfalls lists Adams Peak Fall (Sri Pada Falls) as a 10 meter waterfall in Kandy District. This is either a mistake or refers to a completely a different fall. This is common problem in areas where there is a large number of waterfalls with different people giving them different names.

The LCWF lists Gartmore Falls as a separate waterfall and does not mention the Moray Falls which lies very close the Gartmore Falls. The photo of the Gartmore Falls in LCWF matches with the Sri Pada Falls above.

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Travel Directions to Sri Pada Falls / Adam’s Peak Falls / Gartmore Falls

The waterfall lies about 5 km away from Nallatanniya Take the Maray Estate Road from Mulgama ( just before Nallatanniya). The fall is 500m from the main road.

Route from Colombo to Sri Pada Falls / Adam’s Peak Falls / Gartmore Falls

Route from Nuwara Eliya to Sri Pada Falls / Adam’s Peak Falls / Gartmore Falls

Though : Avissawella – Ginigathena – Hatton – Maskeliya
Distance : 155 km
Travel time : 4 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Thalawakele – Hatton – Maskeliya
Distance : 72 km
Travel time : 2 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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