The Most Stunning Waterfalls to Visit in Sri Lanka

St. Clairs in the middle of the tea plantations | © Muhun Sathasivam / Flickr
St. Clairs in the middle of the tea plantations | © Muhun Sathasivam / Flickr
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Sri Lanka Hub Writer13 November 2017

Sri Lanka is a country with a lot of waterfalls. There are over 400 on the entire island. Some have natural pools to bathe in, while others are more rugged and can only be seen from a distance. Here’s a list of the most stunning waterfalls in Sri Lanka.

Bopath Ella

Bopath Ella is a favorite for it’s unique shape. The name Bopath means, Bo leaf. The Bo tree is the sacred tree of Buddhism and very important in the island. Bopath Ella resembles a Bo leaf with its thin short stream that opens up to a wider fall towards the bottom. Bopath Ella is quite easy to visit as it’s in vicinity of a village close to the mining town of Rathnapura. It’s possible to swim in the base pool.

Bopath Ella waterfall, Agalawatta, Kuruwita, HiggasHena – Devipahala Road, Kuruwita 011 2 489231

Kirindi Ella

In the middle of the Bambarakotuwa Jungle, Kirindi Ella falls is a towering waterfall that splashes into a great big base pool. Local legend says that there is treasure at the bottom of the pool but many droughts and dry seasons have cast doubt on this tale. Who knows, maybe the treasure is deep under the mud? Visiting Kirindi Ella is easy from Ratnapura or Pelmadulla. There are paths that take visitors to a viewing platform, the base and also the top of the waterfall.

Kirindi Ella, Kuttapitiya, Pelmadulla