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Top 8 Waterfalls in Sri Lanka – The Pinnacle of Natural Beauty

Sri Lanka is blessed with an immense amount of natural beauty – from sprawling national parks to pristine white-sand beaches. However, few things perfectly embody this great bounty as well as the island's waterfalls. Here are the eight most impressive waterfalls you can visit in Sri Lanka.

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Bambarakanda

Bambarakanda is the tallest waterfall you'll come across in Sri Lanka, and by extension, it might be the most magnificent as well. Being one of the many great waterfalls found in the Badulla district, it is a relatively quick visit if you're staying in the region – perhaps at a hotel like Bandarawela Hotel. You can get an amazing view of the waterfall by climbing one of the nearby mountainsides. From up here, you'll also be treated to the majesty of Sri Lanka's central hill country.

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Bomburu Ella

Bomburu Ella is actually a collection of ten waterfalls that are found together, all making for one spectacular sight. The falls are made by a number of large water sources found in the area, including the picturesque Gregory Lake – these make for some great sightseeing on their own!

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Dunhinda Falls

Being over 64 metres in height, Dunhinda Falls is definitely one of the biggest waterfalls you'll find in Sri Lanka. The waterfall's name originates from the smoky spray that forms near the bottom - the word 'Dun" means smoke in Sinhalese. It is found just 6 kilometres away from Badulla Town, meaning it's a quick visit if you're staying in the city.

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Ravana Falls

If you're looking for places to visit in Bandarawela, Ravana Falls should be near the top of your list. It is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Sri Lanka and is frequently visited by locals and tourists every day. According to legend, the God-King of Sri Lanka Ravana had hidden away Sitha – his rivals' lover – in a cave near this waterfall, hence the name Ravana Falls.

5

Devon Falls

Found close to the popular tourist hub of Nuwara Eliya, Devon Falls is another stunning natural marvel found up in the hills of Sri Lanka. Devon Falls is an absolutely massive waterfall, being well over 90 metres in height. It is often said that Devon Falls is the most beautiful waterfall you can see in Sri Lanka – so don't miss out if you're in the area!

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Bopath Ella

Bopath Ella is on the smaller side when it comes to Sri Lanka's waterfalls, but it is unique in its own way. The most notable thing about this waterfall is its shape – it divides and resembles the leaf of the sacred bo tree.

7

Diyaluma Falls

Diyaluma Falls is a towering behemoth of a waterfall that is second only to Bambarakanda in terms of height. The top of this waterfall is regarded as a fantastic sight for camping. After all, few things can beat the feeling of relaxing in the great outdoors while being treated to the roaring noise of a great waterfall.

8

Aberdeen Falls

Found on the Kehelgamuwa Mountain Range, Aberdeen Falls was named after the Scottish city of Aberdeen. Being close to 100 metres I height, it makes for a spectacular sight when hiking through the adjacent mountains.