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Waterfalls in Kandy - Top Waterfall Attractions in the Hill Capital

Home to some of the country's most stunning cascades Kandy is no ordinary hill station in Sri Lanka. Here are some of the must-visit highlights for waterfall enthusiasts touring the area.

1

Galboda Ella

Located along the railway line from Colombo to Badulla Galboda Falls is a stunning waterfall visitors should visit on a tour of Kandy. Occupying a cool atmosphere, the fall is situated in a location which enjoys significant amount of rainfall throughout the year. Towering above the surrounding landscape at a height of 30m, the cascades of the fall are 3-6m in width. Falling down in two sheets of frothy white water the falls are surrounded by exotic and rare varieties of orchid. A mere 2km from the train station the Galboda Ella is one of the lesser known waterfalls around the hill capital.

2

St. Clair's Falls

Often described as the island nation's own version of Niagara Falls the equally breathtaking albeit smaller in scale St. Clair's Falls is another must-see highlights for Kandy vacationers. Dubbed the St. Clair's Falls this staggeringly beautiful waterfall is perched at a height of 80m and is a whopping 50m in width. Divided in to two streams, the falls known as 'Small St. Clair 'and 'Big St. Clair' are fed by the Kotmale River. A part of the upper Kotmale hydro-power initiative St.Clairs is one of six waterfalls in the area associated with the power plant.

3

Baker's Falls

Occupying pride of place in the Horton Plains Baker's Fall is one of the most picturesquely situated waterfalls in the island. Accessible via a footpath from Pattipola reaching the iconic fall can prove difficult during the rainy season. Twenty two meters in height, the area is synonymous with the gushing sounds of the waterfall and sheets of milky water thrashing against large rock surfaces. Encircled by large groves of fern trees a 12m deep plunge pool also occupies the base of the fall. Visitors are advised not to swim in the pool due to its depths.

4

Elgin Falls

At 25m in height Elgin Falls occupies a commanding position in its namesake estate perched 1500m above sea level. Named after a Scottish town the elegant waterfall is reached via a 2km footpath that is laid across forest landscapes.

5

Devon Falls

Offering visitors the best views of its cascades from Midigama the Devon Falls is a mammoth body of gushing water that is an impressive 97m in height. Situated on the Hatton - Talawakele road the fall is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Sri Lanka.

6

Bomburu Ella

Offering visitors 10 waterfalls for the price of one Bomburu Ella is actually the culmination of 10 lesser known falls occupying the jungles of the Sita Elya Kandapola Forest Reserve. Perched at an altitude of 1500 - 2000m the falls are fed by the Uma River. Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy the challenging hike up to the waterfall through dense forest terrain and boulder laden landscapes.

7

Aberdeen Falls

Another immensely popular waterfall located in the vicinity of the hill capital the Aberdeen Falls propels gallons of water in neat cascades from a height of 98m. Associated with many a local legend a secret passageway or tunnel behind the falls is rumoured to lead to Laxapana Falls nearby.

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Laxapana Falls

Deemed to be the holy venue in which Lord Buddha saw to his tattered saffron monk robes during his visit to Adam's Peak the Laxapana Falls is the 8th tallest waterfall in the island nation with its impressive 126m height. Visitors based at Earl's Regent Kandy can inquire about excursions to the falls and other intriguing activities and things to do in Kandy from the hotel.