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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Top 05 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Sri Lanka – Cascading Beauties


The Famous Bakers Falls

This waterfall is located within the salubrious climes of the Horton Plains National Park in the Nuwara Eliya District; easily reached today via domestic airline flights to Nuwara Eliya. The entire place is a treat to explore owing to some very unique environs and flora. The trek to Bakers Falls is very rewarding taking you to the iconic lovers leap lookout point along the way. Gushing with icy cold water from Belihul Oya the falls are set against a beautiful backdrop of hills, valleys and lush foliage. Take along the cameras folks for apart from the stunning sight of the falls you just maybe lucky enough to stumble upon rhododendrons in full bloom and spot the elusive Black Monkey. The name, of course, is attributed to Sir Samuel Baker the first to stumble upon the falls.


Bambarakanda Ella

This is the island's highest waterfall cascading from a depth of 263 metres. One of the tougher falls to reach Bambarakanda is just 4kms off the main Colombo-Bandarawela Road. It sits within a verdant forest and sees a sparse collection of visitors, although it is indeed one of the most beautiful on the island. Maybe it's the distance but with the likes of Cinnamon Air providing flights to the region, enthusiastic trekkers should consider the very rewarding journey to the falls.


Bopath Ella

Not too far from Colombo, Bopath Ella is a very famous bathing spot. Unlike the other lush cascades of Sri Lanka, these falls are found right smack in the village of Devipahal. This is just off the Kuruwita Town which is on the A4 highway quite close to the gem mining town of Ratnapura. The falls are just 3hrs from Colombo, inducing a large crowd of enthusiastic bathers eager to get away from dusty towns to visit.


Devon Falls

Devon Falls consists of 3 gorgeous tiers that spill into a lush valley in the Nuwara Eliya district. The falls are close to its sister the St. Clair's Waterfall. Opposite the road, a famous tea kiosk offers fabulous views of the falls to the delectable aroma of a steaming cup of tea. The Nuwara Eliya district is home to a large number of waterfalls in Sri Lanka and it would be wise for 'chasers of waterfalls' to book a domestic flight to the region and arrive fresh for the hike, rather than enduring the long windy drive up into the hilly climes.


Diyaluma Waterfall

Due to the single file fall of this cascade, many are under the impression this is the highest in the country and although it is not, Diyaluma is quite a stunning waterfall. Flowing to the Kirinda Oya the water flows beneath a bridge on the Beragala to Wellawaya highway. The rainy season is best to see the plumped up version of Diyaluma.

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