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Waterfalls near Kotmale Sri Lanka - Discover Hidden Beauty

The Kotmale Valley is an area of awe-inspiring beauty and has several waterfalls in the area. Here is a list of the best waterfalls to visit when you pass through the Kotmale Valley.


Devon Falls

Devon Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in the country and is situated in Talawakele in the Nuwara Eliya district. If you are staying at one of the many Nuwara Eliya bungalows with examples such as Mas Villa, it is easy to reach to Devon Falls. At 97 metres in height, the waterfall is the 19th highest in Sri Lanka. The waterfall can be viewed from the Hatton-Nuwara Eliya road or from Dambulla. There are several cafes and tea shops close to Devon Falls where you can take in the scenery while enjoying a hot cup of tea.


St. Claire's Falls

Commonly known as the 'Little Niagara of Sri Lanka', St. Claire's Falls in Talawakele is one of the widest waterfalls in the country. St. Claire's Falls actually consists of two smaller falls; an 80-metre wide fall and a 50-metre wide fall. In terms of height, St. Claire's Falls is considered to be the 20th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. The falls can be easily seen from the Hatton-Talawakele Highway.


Ramboda Ella Falls

Also known as the Puna Ella, the Ramboda Ella Falls has a unique Y shape as two separate waterfalls from different water sources merge into one waterfall. The water for the fall on the left come from the Puna Oya, a canal, and the water from the right comes from the Pundalu Oya. The overall of the height of the falls is over 100 metres and the best view can be gained from the Peradeniya – Nuwara Eliya route between Pussellawa and Ramboda.


Dunsinane Falls

Not to be confused with the Puna Ella, the Dunsinane Falls is also known as the Pundalu Oya Falls. This waterfall lies between the Dunsinan and Sheen Estate tea plantations and its name is a hybrid of the two estate names. The waterfall flows in two segments which are divided by a bridge. The Dunsinane Falls extends over 100 metres flowing over a sequence of steps but if you are on the bridge, it is only the top part of the waterfall which can be clearly seen.


Kadiyanlena Falls

Officially known as the Kataboola Ella Falls, the Kadiyanlena Falls is located in an area of untouched natural beauty. The waterfall gains its name from the nearby Kataboola Estate and it is also known as the Kadiyalena Falls due to its close proximity to the Kadiyanlena village. Although the Kadiyanlena Falls is a mere 25 metres in height, it is a very scenic waterfall which consists of 3 levels. The Main Nawalapitiya Road runs across the second and third parts of the Kadiyanlena Falls and gives a scenic shot of the falls. The top segment of the falls is a single stream which pools and then flows over a wide rock to create the second part. The water then flows under a picturesque arched bridge to form the final segment.
Do not miss the beauty of the waterfalls in Kotmale!