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5 Unique Waterfalls in Sri Lanka - Marvel at the sight of great heights!

Sri Lanka is an Island that is home to an abundance of excellent waterfalls that are well known the world over. While some of them are seasonal, being able to see their beauty is a true sight to behold. Here is a list of a few unique waterfalls in Sri Lanka that you must check out when you're visiting.


Bambarakanda Falls

The tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka, Bambarakanda Falls, which is located in Kalupahana, stands tall at 263 metres in height, making this the 399th highest waterfall in the world. It is best visited during the March to May season which records high levels of water, making it an absolute treat to the eyes and any camera. Beware not to bathe in the base pool of the waterfall as it is known to be rather dangerous.


Bomburu Falls

The widest amongst the rest in this list, Bomburu Falls which is also known as Bomburu Ella, is a gorgeous waterfall that is surrounded by lush greenery. This waterfall borders both Nuwara Eliya and Badulla and is around 50 metres in height. While its height might not seem rather impressive in comparison with rest, it is, however, the widest. Since there is a dam that is situated above which crosses the Bomuruella reservoir, it is best to ask the locals about its opening times because as it opens from time to time to release a flood of water down the waterfall, this can be an extremely dangerous time to be stuck here.


Thudugala Falls

The closest waterfall to the sea in Sri Lanka, Thudugala Falls is located in the Kalutara district. Only about 8 metres in height, it is also close to the Kalu River. Thudugala Falls draws in many visitors from all around the country and the world offering a tranquil experience unlike any other. The best season to visit Thudugala Falls is when the west monsoon strikes the coast, which occurs between the months of May and September. If you're looking for hotels in Kalutara, you'll find plenty of great options to choose from, such as the Anantara Kalutara Resort for instance.


Duwili Falls

Quite possibly the hardest to reach of the lot, getting to Duwili Falls demands a rather long hike through the Knuckles Range. However, if you're an adventure junkie that craves a nice hike with an excellent camping experience, the Duwili Ella trail is ideal for you. It is best, however, that you contact a guide to help you beforehand in helping you locate this marvellous collection of waterfalls that total to 12. There exists a cave behind the first one which provides an excellent ground for camping during your trek.


Gartmore Falls

Gartmore Falls is a 25-metre-tall waterfall that falls right onto the Mawussakale reservoir. Located in the Maskeliya area, it is an extremely popular and common sight to those travelling via Nallathanniya Road en route to Adam's Peak. The locals also refer to this waterfall as Sri Pada Ella.