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Must Visit Waterfalls in Nuwara Eliya

If you are looking for a place to go on a waterfall hunt, look no further than Nuwara Eliya. It is truly a wonder of nature that this city has not one but many beautiful waterfalls tucked away just to be explored by the adventurous travellers. With its soothing climate and luscious green tea plantations, Nuwara Eliya is the perfect location for a dreamy getaway.


Lovers Leap Falls

This waterfall is as interesting as its name is one of the most popular waterfalls in Nuwara Eliya. Located only 3.5 kilometres from the city centre Lovers Leap is just around the corner if you are staying in a popular Nuwara Eliya Bungalow. An interesting fact about this waterfall is how it got its name as anyone might wonder. Based on a legendary tale of a young price who fell in love with a village girl, who took a leap with his lover from this waterfall as a result of the king's disapproval of their relationship, this waterfall is a special one to commemorate their love story. Getting to the waterfall requires a small hike of about 30 minutes which adds to the fun but you might want to be mindful of the slippery surface. At the top, you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the city and this 30-metre drop waterfall.


Devon Falls

You wouldn't want to miss Devon falls on your waterfall hunt is Nuwara Eliya as it is one of the highest waterfalls in the country with a height of 97 metres. Named after the coffee planter Devon provides some amazing views of the beautiful tea plantations. One of the plus points of this waterfall is the special view point with the car park where you can take a break and enjoy the view if you are on the way to your hotel as it is on route to many popular hotels in Nuwara Eliya such as Stafford Bungalow by Reveal. You could also talk a little walk for a different viewpoint of the waterfalls which is best known by the friendly locals who will be happy to direct you.


St.Clair's Falls

Also known as the Niagara of Sri Lanka, St. Clair's waterfall is a must see waterfall in Nuwara Eliya. The path to this waterfall is what most travellers fall in love with as it takes you across beautiful tea plantations and factories. The atmosphere itself is truly blissful with its scenic views and cool breeze as you walk along to the destination. What's special about it is that it's made up of water following from different water sources comprising of two cascades, Maha Ella and Kuda Ella. Maha Ella is the bigger waterfall that is about 80 metres high and about 26 kilometres away from Nuwara Eliya and the smaller fall Kuda Ella is only about 50 metres high. You can enjoy a nice meal or even a cup of tea at one of the restaurants overlooking the falls, a great way to enjoy the view. One of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka St.Clair's is a treat to any traveller that shouldn't be missed out.

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