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Waterfalls Around Kandy – Experience the best of these magical natural wonders

Kandy; the capital of the hill country is home to a number of eye catching sights but one sight commonly forgotten is the number of waterfalls in the district. Here we take a look at the best.


Ramboda Falls

One of the tallest waterfalls in Kandy, it rises up to a height of one hundred and nine meters making it the eleventh highest waterfall in the country. Located in the region of Pussellawa, what makes this waterfall unique is that two different tributaries merge to form two waterfalls separated by a small rock outcrop. While this is common, the unique feature is that the two tributaries unite in a single tributary at the bottom of the falls giving the waterfall a Y shape.


Hunas Falls

Located in a sleepy village a little way from Kandy, Hunas Falls is one of the most striking waterfalls close to Kandy. Not only is the roaring waterfall magnificent, but so is the serene nature and lush vegetation that further adds beauty to the surroundings, making it a popular location for honeymooners. You can find a good hotel in Kandy such as the Kings Pavilion Kandy if you are on the lookout for accommodation. Only an hour's drive, reaching Kandy is quite easy.


Ratna Ella

Standing at a height of just over one hundred meters, the name of this waterfall roughly translates to "field of gems". A grand waterfall that cascades over multiple steps of rock, legend has it that the deep waters are home to 7 vessels that contain gems in them. This explains the name given to the waterfall. The forest around the falls are quite verdant and one can view an array of paddy fields in close proximity to the waterfall. The waterfall plays a major role in irrigating these fields. To reach the Ratna Ella waterfall, you need to trek through a mountainous forest so this is something you might have to keep in mind.


Huluganga Ella Falls

Located in a village of the same name, Huluganga Ella Falls is approximately thirty kilometres from the hill capital. Originating from the famed Knuckles range, the Huluganga Ella Falls are only seventy five meters and a perfect example of why you should not judge the beauty of a waterfall by its height and size. It is often frequented by tourists and is held in high esteem by the villagers who consider it a part of their culture and heritage. The stream runs through two villages, Elliyadda and Aratthana and provides the backbone of Sri Lanka's water supply system.


Thaliya Wetuna Ella Falls

Also referred to as Alakola Ella due to the fact that it is present in the Alakola Estate, this waterfall stands at a height of fifty meters. Hidden in the midst of the pristine Knuckles Mountain Range, the tributary is a result of the Hulu Ganga, which originates within the mountain. According to history, a planter named Allen Collen occupied the area during the Colonial Times.

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