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Updated by Joanna James on May 02, 2024
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Waterfalls Around Nuwara Eliya – Majestic Beauty in the Hills

Set amidst mist shrouded mountain ranges, the enchanting city of Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka in not only a great place for a retreat, but also for a tour of some of the island's most popular waterfalls.


Lakshapana Falls

Spanning a height of around 126 metres, Lakshapana Falls is located off the Nuwara Eliya – Kandapola roadway and offers quite a spectacular sight when the water is in full flow. The falls can be found near the Lakshapana Reservoir which is linked to the area's hydroelectricity power stations and is within easy reach of the Lakshapana Temple. While one will find a relatively clear pool beneath, it is the view of the water cascading down from a sheer height that makes for some great photo opportunities.


Ramboda Falls

Another popular waterfall that can be visited while in the hill country, Ramboda Falls is a quite picturesque natural attraction which sees the water making its descent from a height of around 109 metres. It can be found in the area known as Pussellawa and those staying at Nuwara Eliya holiday bungalows can look to plan a visit here as part of their hill country tour. One of the unique features of this falls is the fact that it has three parts or rather levels, with the water cascading down each. Set amidst an equally scenic landscape of emerald, this magnificent falls is one that is bound to offer plenty of Instagram worthy shots!


Lover's Leap Falls

While the height of the fascinatingly named Lover's Leap Falls is only around 30 metres, it is one that is quite beautiful and worth visiting. Within easy reach of Nuwara Eliya and properties like The Cottage by Jetwing which is around a 15 minute drive away, this idyllic falls is especially wonderful to look at when the waters swell and one can clearly see the cascading water fall from a large rock. The unique name of this waterfall is derived from a local legend; while this story has several variations, the ultimate leap from the falls featured a prince and a beautiful maiden who were not allowed to be together. Today, the only dramatic site one can see is the magnificent flowing water "leaping" down the sheer rock face.


Devon Falls

Another one of Sri Lanka's truly stunning waterfalls, the well known Devon Falls is set amidst the amazing beauty of the mountainous central region in Sri Lanka. Named after a British coffee planter, the falls itself stands at about 97 metres and offers some great photo backdrops for those finding the right vantage point. One option would be to head to Dimbula where there is a special vantage point where you can take in the grandeur of Devon Falls. Those looking for more adventure have another option to consider; one can head along the roadway (Talawakelle - Hatton) to what is called the 20th mile post. From there one will have a 1 km hike which will take you to another viewpoint of this amazing falls.

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