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Top waterfalls in Nuwara Eliya – Be Transfixed by the Cascading Beauties of Sri Lanka.

Basking in the tropical warmth of the Indian Ocean in a paradisiacal country that never fails to enchant its visitors. The city of Nuwara Eliya substantiates this statement by offering fascinating views of some of the stunningly beautiful waterfalls of the country.


Lover's Leap Waterfall

A hike through a lush green tea estate will take you to Nuwara Eliya's captivating Lover's Leap of Waterfall. The name comes from two lovers who took their lives by jumping down this waterfall in the name of love. Located approximately 3.5 kilometres away from Nuwaraeliya, this enchanting waterfall can be accessed after a slippery climb of rocks and boulders. It falls from a height of 30 metres with a slender sheet of cascading water.


Bomburu Ella Falls

Located in the Uwa-Paranagama Divisional Secretariat of Sri Lanka, Bomburu Ella can be reached from the Welimada - Ambagasdoowa road. The lower part of the waterfall is an ideal place for a refreshing dip. Originating from the springs of Piduruthalagala, the highest mountain peak of Sri Lanka, the water of this humongous fall travels a long way before finally gushing in artful cascades in the form of Bomburu Ella. It is one of the most scenic and lengthiest waterfalls in Sri Lanka.


St. Clair's Falls

Accessible from the Hatton - Talawakele Highway, the St. Clair's Falls is a definite stop of many tourists from near and far. It is one of the widest waterfalls in the country that is nicknamed as the "Little Niagara of Sri Lanka." Situated along the Kotmale River, this amazing waterfall consists of two separate falls. The Greater Falls springs up from a height of 80 metres while the Lesser Falls gushes down from a height of 50 metres. The majestic St. Clair's Fall pours down between enchanting hills that are brimming with tea plantations that brings you the finest tea of the country.


Devon Falls

Lying in proximity to the town of Talawakele is a magnificent waterfall that is fondly known as the "Veil of the Valley." You can get a closer view of this strikingly beautiful creation of nature by hiking about 1 kilometre from the 20th-milepost in Nuwara Eliya. The waterfall has acquired its name from an English coffee planter called Devon, who had his plantations lying in the surrounding area. The cool and refreshing waters of the falls are known to spring up from a tributary of Mahaweli River. Devon Falls is a tiered waterfall that drops at three points in its long journey to places unknown.


Glen Falls

The Glen Falls spills from an astounding height of 60-70 metres. It is the second-largest waterfall in Nuwara Eliya. Originating from the Single Tree Hill in Nuwara Eliya, it has transformed into a seasonal waterfall that only gushes during seasons when heavy rains frequent the area. You can easily reach the location within 10 minutes from the Nuwara Eliya bus stand. Moreover, Glen Falls is located less than 15 kilometres away from properties such as Heritance Tea Factory where you can find some of the best Nuwara Eliya hotel deals.