Laced curtains of water cascade down steep precipices, throwing a fine mist of water to the surrounding, the incessant crash of water on the rock below is a symphony that is repeated from time immemorial. The central highlands of Sri Lanka are home to 350 waterfalls with Bambarakanda Falls plummeting a height of 263 meters (83 feet) to rank as Sri Lanka’s tallest fall.
The mist shrouded beauty and grandeur of Sri Lankan waterfalls also has interesting legends and folklore attached to it.
Apart from Bambarakanda, some of the main waterfalls are:
Ramboda Falls is 109m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. It is situated in Pussellawa area, on the A5 highway at Ramboda Pass. It formed by Panna Oya which is a tributary of Kothmale Oya. Altitude of the falls is 945m above sea level.
St. Clair’s falls
St. Clair’s Falls one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka and is commonly known as the “Little Niagara of Sri Lanka”. It is one of six waterfalls affected by the Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project.
The falls are situated 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) west of the town of Talawakele on the Hatton-Talawakele Highway in Nuwara Eliya District
Devon Falls is a waterfall in Sri Lanka, situated 6 km west of Talawakele, Nuwara Eliya District on A7 highway. The falls is named after a pioneer English coffee planter called Devon, whose plantation is situated nearby the falls. The Waterfall is 97 metres high and ranked 19th highest in the Island. The Falls formed by Kothmale Oya, a tributary of Mahaweli River. Altitude of Devon falls is 1,140m above sea level.
One of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful waterfalls, Dunhinda cascades from a height of 210 feet and gets its name from the smoky spray that it creates at the bottom of the fall.
This breathtaking rush of water is the 3rd highest waterfall in the island.
Deriving its name from the famous king ‘Raavana’ of the Indian epic ” the Raamayana”, Raavana falls is a magical sight, with the rush of water over numerous steps adding to its ethereal beauty.
Situated in close proximity to Colombo, the Bopath falls resembles the leaf of a sacred Bo tree, hence the name.