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Updated by Joanna James on May 02, 2024
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Waterfalls In and Around Nuwara Eliya – Cascading Waters and Good Times

If you are in the refreshingly cool hill town of Nuwara Eliya which resides in Sri Lanka's lofty Central Province, be sure to visit these waterfalls in the region.


Devon Falls

Who is Devon, you ask? The Waterfall's namesake was a pioneer in Sri Lanka's coffee industry, being one of the first to create coffee plantations in the country. Devon Falls is close to a hundred metres in height and from the nearby town of Thalawakelle, is situated about six kilometres to the west. To get find a good vantage point from which to enjoy the beauty of the falls, head to the twentieth mile post of the road that is close by. Here, you will find that a little observatory has been made just for curious passers-by like yourself, to appreciate the view. Keep your camera phones at the ready for some great snaps of the view.


Laksapana Falls

Here's an interesting fact: did you know that the local Nuwara Eliya beer is made using the waters of these falls? Laksapana Falls originate at the Laksapana Estate and flow into the Maskeliya Oya, or river. To get a good view, head to Dick Oya's Upper Glencairn area. You can get here via the Nuwawa Eliya-Kandapola road.


Ramboda Ella Falls

Situated less than three-quarters of an hour away from Nuwara Eliya hotels in the area such as Jetwing St. Andrews and similar others, Ramboda Ella Falls is a massive fall that is divided into three segments who all together, add up to over two hundred metres in length. Located close to the fifty-three kilometre post of the A5 road, the waterfall's first and third segments flow above and below the road respectively, each for about a 100-metre stretch; the second segment spans around three metres in length and can be found a short distance away from the road. To get the full picture of the whole waterfall, you can travel down to the Ramboda Basin and find a good viewing spot in the area.


St Claire Falls

The St Claire Falls are quite unique in the sense that they feature a pair of falls which together are termed as St Claire Falls. The bigger of the two is called the Mahal Ella while the smaller is called the Kuda Ella. The former measures around eighty metres in height while the latter measures around only fifty metres. To get close to the falls, take the footpath that veers off from the side of the A7 around three kilometres away from the town of Talawakelle. You will have to walk for approximately five hundred metres along this path, before you arrive at your destination.


Hellboda Ella Falls

If you would like to be able to trek alongside a waterfall, right until you reach its foot, you might want to check out Hellboda Ella Falls which are located by the A5 road that connects Nuwara Eliya and Kandy. This rather simple waterfall totals to about sixty metres in length in its entirety, can be followed on foot as it traces its path to completion.