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Top waterfalls to see in Hill Country – Admire these Cascading Beauties

The waterfalls of Hill Country have long had a reputation for being mysterious, breath taking and shrouded in legends. Here are some beautiful waterfalls to visit on your next trip to Sri Lanka.

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Diyaluma Falls

Diyaluma Falls

Diyaluma Fall sis located a few kilometres to the south of Wellawaya. At 220 metres in height, Diyaluma is the second tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka and as most others in the island, has a tragic legend associated with it. According to local legends, the banished chieftain was betrothed to a high born lady. She tried to join her lover on lower ground but the pass to the mountains were too well guarded. In an attempt to unite with her lover, the maiden fell off the cliff and died while hanging on the rope she used. The gods were greatly saddened by this misfortune and commanded a water stream to cover the evidence of the event in 'diya luma' (translated to watery light).The falls cascade down into a lush wooded valley and are fed by the Punagala Oya. Visitors can follow a one kilometre path that goes through a small rubber factory to reach the top of Diyaluma Falls. The view from the top is definitely worth the effort while the rock pools will provide a chance to indulge in a refreshing dip. Diyaluma Falls is easily reached by any Bandarawela hotel. A great accommodation choice is the Bandarawela Hotel by Heritance, if you wish for an unforgettable stay.

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St. Claire's Falls

St. Claire's Falls

St. Claire's Falls is one of the more unusual falls in Sri Lanka as it is made up from a double cascade, fed by different water sources. The Maha Ella, the bigger of the two cascades is at 80 metres in height and located on the Kotmale Oya. The Kuda Ella, at a height of 50 metres is located on a branch of the same Oya. St. Claire's Falls is easily visible from the A7 road and located just 3 kilometres from Talawakale. However, the two streams can be accessible for a closer look.

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Baker's Falls

Baker's Falls

Baker's Falls is 20 metres tall and located on the beautiful Belihul Oya in the Horton Plains National Park. The waterfall is named after Sir Samual Baker, a resident of Sri Lanka from 1847 – 1855. Baker was a main supporter of popularizing Nuwara Eliya. The waterfall was a place where Baker used to stop by regularly on his hunting trips. Visitors to Horton Plains can easily access Baker's Falls via a 3 kilometre footpath.

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Lakshapana Falls

Lakshapana Falls

At 126 metres in height, Lakshapana Falls is the seventh highest waterfall in the island. It is located on the Maskeliya Oya. It is the site of a dam which has significantly slowed down and reduced the flow of the waterfall. Despite the change, Lakshapana continues to be a stunning sight. Traditionally, Lakshapana was referred to as the Veddah Hiti Ella or the Falls where the Veddah dwelled. Visitors can reach the waterfall from the road from Maskeliya to Norton Bridge. There is a small road that leads to a settlement known as Kottalenna which is located close to the waterfall. Then, the pool of the waterfall is reached through a steep path.