The 18m high Watagoda Falls, for a time, was also known as both Pusella and Kadu Ella, which is located in Watagoda village, Matale District. The Watagoda Kurundu Ella Falls is situated above this fall. The fall is sustained by Nonakanuwa Oya (Tank) situated in the Matale’s West Estate. The falls watercourse finally flows to Ambanganga River.
The milieu surrounding the fall is a natural herbarium. In retrospect, according to an elderly villager, the area was known as ‘Makule Meda Kanda’, but due to the reason of this village being ringed by mountains, later its name was changed to ‘Watagoda’. The Viharaya too, was formally known as ‘Elle Viharaya’ but later became ‘Watagoda Rajamaha Viharaya’. Above this, there is the ‘Len Vihare’ or Cave Temple.
According to Ven. Gammulle Chandravimala, inscriptions on a stone slab called ‘Sapugastenne Sellipi’ reveal that in retrospect the viharaya to the era of King Parakramabahu the 5th. The Ven. Immihaminegama Indrajoti, made arrangements to repair the viharaya in accordance with the Pollonaruwa period architectural configurations.
Travel 5km to Hulangamuwa, in the Hulangamuwa Watagoda Road the fall is in the precincts of the Rajamaha Viharaya, which is to be found at the Matala-Watagoda last bus halt.
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Map of Watagoda Ella Falls
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Travel Directions to Watagoda Ella Falls
|Route from Matale to Watagoda Ella Falls (up to end of Watagoda Road)
|Through : Hulangamuwa Watagoda Road
Distance : 3.5 km
Travel time : 20 mins
Driving directions : see on google map