Kalutara Thudugala Ella Falls – තුඩුගල ඇල්ල

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Thundagala Falls - Kalutara

Thundagala Falls – Kalutara
Photo by Dr. Ashan Geeganage

Height :8 meters
District :Kalutara

The Thudugala Ella Falls is located in the Thudugala Estate in Thudugala village at Kalutara District, Sri Lanka. Once owned by a British national, a derelict bungalow still remains. There is a natural swimming pool surrounded by Ketala plants and a giant pus creeper (fern) that has spread to cover an area of a hectare.  Also within the Thudugala Forest Reserve, there are many species of birds. These include the migrant bird ‘Yellow Magta’, with its colourful plumage and yellow underbelly, and ‘Dicaeum Erythornynchos’, the smallest bird in Sri Lanka.

This waterfall is a popular bathing place for locals. A interesting feature here is that a tunnel runs under the waterfall and comes out on top at a side to it.

The route to the waterfall starts from Katukurunda Junction off the Galle Road; 5 miles (8.0 km) from there on Matugama Road to Thudugala junction and from there 8 miles (12.9 km) to the waterfall.

It is said that there are number of waterfalls along this stream specially a beautiful fall called Sita Ella. Location unknown.

When traveling from Thudugala junction, you will come to another junction called “Ellagāwa (Near the waterfall) Junction” with a signboard of a rubber plantation so you can easily recognize it. From there, if you want to go to the waterfall and its natural bathing places, you will have to take the left road which runs over a small bridge nearby. The right road will lead you only to an artificially created bathing place which is said to be muddy but used to lure visters to small hotel nearby. The left road will take you to the delapdated house of the British owner and from there you need to walk along the river in the estate to reach the Thudugala Ella waterfall and its beautiful bathing pools.

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Travel Directions to Kalutara Thudugala Ella Falls

Route 1 from Kalutara to Thudugala Ella Falls

Though : Matugama Road
distance : 12 km
Travel time : 20 mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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