Tag: Ratnapura

Slab Rock Falls in Horton Plains – හෝටන් තැන්න ස්ලැබ් රොක් ඇල්ල

Slab Rock Falls

The Rock Slab Falls is one of the waterfalls mentioned by Dr. Eberhard Kautzsch’s in his book “A Guide to Waterfalls of Sri Lanka” published in 1983, considered the first book published exclusively on known waterfalls of Sri Lanka.

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Kirawanagama Ellewala Ella Falls – හල්දුමුල්ල ඇල්ලේවල ඇල්ල

Kirawanagama Ellewala Ella waterfall

Ellewala Ella waterfall is an small undocumented waterfall created by a stream in the Kirawanagama area in Haldemulla. The Kirawanagama lies off Beragala and accessible through winding by roads.

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Kirawanagama Dowili Ella Falls – හල්දුමුල්ල කිරවනාගම දූවිලි ඇල්ල

Lihiniyandola Ella Falls

Kirawanagama Dowili Ella Falls is an unexplored large waterfall created by the Kosgahamankada Oya in the Kirawanagama area. The stream splits in to two at the top of the waterfall creating 2 falls which joins again at the bottom.

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Halaba Dorowana Ella Falls – හලාබ දොරොවනා ඇල්ල

Dorowana Ella Waterfall

Dorowana Ella lies hidden deep in the jungle of Uva Paranagama area in the Badulla District. The waterfall falls in 2 stages from a height of over 30 meters and splits in to 2 steams at the center.

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Colombagama Rathu Palama Ella Falls – කොලඹගම රතු පාලම ඇල්ල

Colombagama Rathu Palama Ella

The 4 meter high Rathu Palama Ella is a small but a beautiful waterfall created by the Hangamu Oya in the remote village of Combagama. The waterfall is so called due its close proximity to a old and dilapidated steel bridge with wooden planks laid across Hangamu Oya on a disused road.

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Demala Ella Falls at Wewalwatte, Ratnapura – වේවැල්වත්ත දෙමල ඇල්ල

Demala Ella Waterfall

The Demala Ella lies below Alupola Ella but there is no access road to the waterfall. You will have to walk through the jungle or you can see this waterfall on on the circular road passing Alupola Ella.

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Polwatta Amuran Ella Falls – පොල්වත්ත අමුරන් ඇල්ල

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Polwatta Amuran Ella waterfall is an 18 meter unconfirmed waterfall published in the official website of the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council.

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Ratnapura Dutch Fort – රත්නපුර ලන්දේසි බලකොටුව

Pooneryn fort

The Dutch Fort at Ratnapura lies on the area covering the current police station which covers 10 archeological protected buildings in this small hillock.

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Ratnapura Uran Wetuna Ella Falls – රත්නපුර ඌරන් වැටුනු ඇල්ල

Ratnapura Uran Wetuna Ella Falls

Uran Wetuna Ella fall a staggering 108m high. The name of the fall derives from the numerous wild boar found in the vicinity that come to drink here and often get swept away by the rushing water.

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Pitakele Duwili Ella Falls – පිටකැලේ දූවිලි ඇල්ල

Pitakele Duwili Ella Falls

Come to the Sinharaja Weddagala Kudawa camp passing the kudawa bridge travel along the road to the right after covering three km the Pitakele Duwili Ella Falls is seen.

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Petiyagala Ella Falls – පෙතියාගල ඇල්ල

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The Wegan Oya brook springs from the 1443m-high Petiyagala Mountain and creates the Petiyagala Ella (3m). The water flows on to the Kaluganga River via the We River.

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Papol Ella Falls – පැපොල් ඇල්ල

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This 45m-high Papol Ella Fall is split into three segments and is situated in Atakalan Korale, adjacent to Makandura village in the Hingurugalkande area. It is fed by several brooks of the Giruwa Dola stream.

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Pankandura Ella Falls ( Minee Ella ) – පන්කඳුර / මිනී ඇල්ල

Pankandura Ella Falls ( Minee Ella )

Pankandura Ella ( Minee Ella ) fall is created by the Galpothawa River and is divided into three main segments. The lowest is 9m in height and cascades downwards over a series of steps in a spiral motion.

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Pandioya Ella Falls – පාන්ඩිඔය ඇල්ල

Pandioya Ella

Height : 45 meters District : Ratnapura Pandioya Falls is 45m in height and 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

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Pahanthuda Ella Falls – පහන්තුඩ ඇල්ල

Pahanthuda Ella Falls

Pahanthuda literary means the wick (of a lamp). The Pahanthuda Ella Fall is named for its shape of the base pool which resembles a shape of a clay lamp.

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Kandamula Ella Falls – කන්දමුල ඇල්ල

Lower Segment of Kandamula Ella Falls

Height : ?? meters District : Nuwara Eliya Kandamula Ella Falls is an unlisted and waterfall lying Ramboda Center Falls lying next to the main road. This is not a single fall but falls over number of rocks in many

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Beruwatte Ella Falls – බෙරුවත්ත ඇල්ල

Beruwatte Ella Falls

The 50m high Beruwatte Ella Falls, set amongst tea plantations and a plethora of mountainous flora and fauna, is formed by the convergence of several brooks originating on the Rakshagala Mountain.

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Ratnapura Muwan Wetuna Ella Falls – මුවන් වැටුන ඇල්ල

Ratnapura Muwan Vetuna Ella Falls

Muwan Wetuna Ella Falls lies in the Ratnapura District close to the 108 meter high Uran Wetuna Falls. The fall flows from the Mirishena Jungle and can be found on the slopes of Pettiyagala Mountain

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Meddekanda Ella Falls – මැද්දෙකන්ද ඇල්ල

Meddekanda Ella Falls

At 18m high and 2m wide, the Meddekanda Ella Falls can be viewed from Meddekanda Bazaar. Caution is advised as bathing in its plunge pool is dangerous.

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Masimbula Ella Falls – මස් ඉඹුල ඇල්ල

Masimbula Ella Falls

Height : 15 meters District : Ratnapura The 15m high Masimbula Ella Fall bears the name of the village where it is situated. It springs from where islands highest number of falls is situated. Above this fall, many waterfalls are found

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Marakkala Ella Falls (Kaluwala Ella) – මරක්කල ඇල්ල (කලුවල ඇල්ල)

Marakkala Ella Falls (Kaluwala Ella)

The 8m Marakkala Ella Falls lies in Pelmadulla close the Rankoth Viharaya. The legend says that Moor youth of Marakkala nationality came to fish the pool was dragged into the water and drowned by a large eel.

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Kandu Ella Falls – කන්දු ඇල්ල

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This 30m Kandu Ella fall is situated in the Ratnapura District, about 5km away from Nedola.

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Kachchaputa Ella Falls I & II at Kiriella

Kachchaputa Ella Falls I

Height : 70 meters (approx) District : Rathnapura Kachchaputa Ella Falls I & II are two waterfalls lying on the Idangoda – Eheliyagoda Road close to the Kiriella Falls in the Hindurangala area. They are visible to the main main

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Ilumbakanda Doowili Ella Falls – ඉලුඹකන්ද දූවිලි ඇල්ල

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Height : 40 meters District : Ratnapura There are two ways to the Ilumbakanda Doowili Ella Falls. One is via Ratnapura, Kalawana, and Pothupitiya come to Imbullkande Village. From here, trek 2km into the forest to see the fall. The

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Hunukatu Ella Fall – හුණුකටු ඇල්ල

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Height : 7.5 meters District : Ratnapura Hunukatu Ella Fall’s source is the Samanala Mountain, from where it cascades down 7m of limestone, hence its name. Take the road from Ratnapura towards Embilipitiya to the village of Algewatte. Turn onto

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Handapan Ella Falls – හඳපාන් ඇල්ල

cascades at verious levels of the Handapan Falls

Height : 23 meters District : Ratnapura The Handapan Ella Falls (23m in height), springs from the 1230m-high Handapan Ella Valley and is the starting point of the Rakwana River.  A group of aquifers is also formed here. The northern slope

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Hal Ella Falls – හාල් ඇල්ල

Hal Ella Falls

This twin-streamed Hal Ella Fall (Haal Ella Fall) flows over a protruding rock face and resembles an upturned receptacle used for carrying water. It is 7m high and 12m wide. Upstream, the woodland contains several hal (Vateria copellifera) trees, the fruits of which fall into the stream and drift over the fall, hence its name.

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Halmehi Ella Falls – හාල්මැහි ඇල්ල

Halmehi Ella Falls

Height : 9 meters District : Ratnapura The 9m-high Halmehi Ella Fall originates from a stream in Lihinigala, which is joined by another small brook. As with Hal Falls, local villagers claim to hear the sound of clothes being washed

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Hathbili Ella Falls – හත්බිලි ඇල්ල

Hathbili Ella Fall

Height : 11 meters District : Ratnapura Hathbili Ella Falls (11m) is made up of two segments and springs from Kiribathgala Mountain. It flows to the Wee and the Kaluganga rivers. Years ago, the fall was known by the name

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Gerandi Rikili Ella Falls – ගැරඬි රිකිලි ඇල්ල

Gerandi Rikili Ella Fall

Height : 15 meters District : Ratnapura The Gerandi Rikili Ella Fall is 15m in height, with a width of 3m. It forms part of the Bolthure River, which begins on the right slope of the 1805m-high Dethanagala Mountain. The

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Galpoththawa Ella Fall – ගල්පොත්තාව ඇල්ල

Galpottawa Ella Falls

Galpoththawa Ella Falls is 06m high and in rainy season the entire rock ledge is shrouded in mist from the spray. Access to the Galpottawa Fall requires to hike about 1.5 km through tea estates and through rough terrain.

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Dehena Ella Falls (Gaslabu Ella) – දෙහෙන ඇල්ල

Dehena Ella Falls

Folklore says that the Dehana Ella Fall was used as a torture chamber by an regional king in the ancient times. Therefore this was known as “Damana” Ella which became Dehena Ella with time.

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Bandigewatta Ella Falls – බංඩිගේවත්ත ඇල්ල

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The 24m tall Bandigewatta Ella Falls, which eventually flows via tributaries to the Walawe River, derives its title from an ancient local ruler by the name of Bandiya.

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Bambarabotuwa Ella Falls – බඹරබොටුව ඇල්ල

Bambarabotuwa Ella Falls

Height : 10 meters District : Ratnapura The source of this 10m Bambarabotuwa Ella Fall is the Weweldola, which springs between the Bambarabotuwaugala mountains (1066m) and the Aluthwela Wisahena mountains (1264m). It is to be found in Bambarabotuwa in the

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Balla Mala Ella Falls – බල්ලා මළ ඇල්ල

Balla Mala Ella

This 32m Balla Mala Ella Fall, surrounded by numerous ecologically-importent plant life, is made up of three sections, and its 6m-deep plunge pool currently serves as a reservoir to the State Plantation sector.

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Aanda Ella Falls (Eel Fall) – ආඳා ඇල්ල

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Height : 15 meters District : Ratnapura The Aanda Ella Fall is 15m high and only exists during the rainy season. There are two theories as to how it got its name. Some say it is so named after an

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Alupotha Ella Falls (Pathambara Ella Falls) – අළුපොත ඇල්ල

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The 9m Alupotha Ella Fall (Pathambara Ella Fall) derives its name from its location. It is also known as the Pathambara Falls (Slanted Falls) due to its physical attributes.

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Alupola Ella Falls at Wewalwatte, Ratnapura – අලුපොල ඇල්ල

Alupola Ella

This 68m Alupola Ella Falls derives its name from a nearby tea estate. It is served by a brook beginning at Kalugaldova on the southern slope of the Bathurugala Mountain (1047m).

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Udawalawe National Park – උඩවලවේ ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

Elephants @ Udawalawe National Park

Located in the Dry Zone, Udawalawe National Park comprises grasslands and thorn scrubs is one the sure places to see wild elephants any time of the day.

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Batadomba Lena Caves – බටඳොඹ ලෙන

Batadomba Lena Caves

We stopped at a small signboard chalked “Batadomba lena” hanging from a rafter on a way- side tea boutique. We could have easily missed it. We looked around: where was the road leading to the Batadomba lena? Such began the

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Sthreepura Cave – Erathna – එරත්න ස්ත්‍රීපුර ගුහාව

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Near the famous Batatota lena or the Divaguha on the Kuruwita – Eratna road is this hardly explored cave. It is locally referred to as the Sthreepura Cave and is believed to have housed the queens of King Walagamba during

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Nedun Rajamaha Viharaya in Kiriella – කිරිඇල්ලේ නැදුන් රජමහා විහාරය

Nedun Raja Maha Viharaya at Kiriella

The History of Nedun Raja Maha Viharaya (Nadun Raja Maha Viharaya) go back to the era of King Rajasinghe I of Sitawaka Kingdom (1581 – 1591).The temple houses a long pair of tusks which is said to be the longest in Asia

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Sri Pada Mountain (Adams Peak) – ශ්‍රී පාදය (සමනල කන්ද)

On the 3rd visit to Sri Lanka, the Buddha visited the mountain top of Sri Pada ( Adams Peak) on invitation of Deity Saman and left his footprint at the very top.

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Maha Saman Devalaya, Ratnapura – රත්නපුර මහා සමන් දේවාලය

Maha Saman Devalaya, Ratnapura

The Sabaragamuwa Maha Saman Devalaya is considered the main Devalaya of deity Saman except for the Shrine at top of Sri Pada. The history speaks of a temple at Ratnapura area since the time of king Dutugemunu of Anuradhapura Kingdom,

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Rathganga Asu Maha Shrawaka Pasvisu Rajamaha Viharaya (Punchi Dambadiva) – රත්ගඟ අසූ මහා ශ්‍රාවක පස්විසූ රජමහා විහාරය

Replica of buddhagaya - Rathganga Asu Maha Shrawaka Pasvisu Rajamaha Viharaya

Punchi Dambadiva (Rathganga Asu Maha Shrawaka Pasvisu Rajamaha Viharaya) is located along the Colombo – Ratnapura – Pelmadulla – Embilipitiya main highway – near Nonagama Junction off the 22nd km post from Ratnapura.

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Maragala Gallenagoda Len Viharaya – මාරගල ගල්ලෙන්ගොඩ ලෙන් විහාරය

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In quest of King Walagamba in exile Once upon a time as king Valagamba in exile trekked through the jungle trails, he felt tired with fatigue. In order to get some respite, he sat quite exhausted under the spreading canopy

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Delgamuwa Rajamaha Viharaya – Kuruwita – දෙල්ගමුව රජ මහා විහාරය

Delgamuwa Raja Maha Viharaya - Kuruwita

A important place of worship for all Buddhists of Sri Lanka as the sacred tooth relic of Buddha was protected inside this temple from the Portuguese for over 40 years.

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Sitawaka Fort and the Palace of Rajasinghe I – සීතාවක මාලිගාව සහ බලකොටුව

Sitawaka Fort and the Palace of Rajasinghe I

The ruins of the Sitawaka Fort and the palace of King Rajasinghe 1 can be seen by the side of the Avissawella – Panawala road — this being the same route to the Maniyangama Raja Maha Viharaya.

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Ratnapura Portuguese Fort – රත්නපුර පෘතුගීසි බලකොටුව

Ratnapura Portuguese Fort lies on the grounds of the Maha Saman Devalaya which was destroyed by the Portuguese around 1618-20. This fort was destroyed By King Rajasinghe II (1635 – 1687) of Kandyan Kingdom

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