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|Year and Month||2013 November and December|
|Number of Days||Three Day Trip|
|Accommodation||Pitadeniya (පිටදෙනිය) Conservation Center of Sinharaja rain forest.|
|Transport||Bus, Three wheel and walking|
|Activities||Waterfall seeing, Trekking and Photography|
|Route||Kottawa -> Galle (by southern high way) -> Udugama (උඩුගම) -> Neluwa (නෙළුව) -> Kosmulla (කොස්මුල්ල) -> Thambalagama (තඹලගම) -> Lankagama (ලoකාගම) -> Pitadeniya (පිටදෙනිය) -> Back in same route.|
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Waterfalls of southern border of Sinharaja rain forest and Neluwa can be classified as follows
- Waterfalls in Neluwa (4) – Thapolena Ella 1, Thapolena Ella 2, Neluwa/Kosmulla Duwili Ella, Thambalagama Duwili Falls
- Waterfalls in Warukandeniya (3) – Aliboda Falls, Ratawal dola Ella (? Beraliyadola Ella), Beraliya Galanda Ella
- Waterfalls in Lankagama (6) – Classic five waterfalls and Hathbinna Ella
- Waterfalls in Pitadeniya (3)-Malmora Ella, Pathan Oya Ella/Wathugala Ella and Kakuna Ella.
- Waterfalls I couldn’t visit- Wadan Ella (වදo ඇල්ල) (Situated in Mawanana (මාවනන) area which is 2km away from Neluwa town towards Thawalama). Ellewela Falls (ඇල්ලේවෙලඇල්ල) (Situated in Mandalapura (මණ්ඩලපුර) which is in Mathugama-Neluwa road)
- Classic five waterfalls of Lankagama and waterfalls of Pitadeniya are situated within Sinharaja Rain Forest. Therefore need permission and guide to visit there.
Order of these waterfalls from Neluwa.
Waterfalls in Neluwa
Thapolena Falls 1 and 2 (තපෝලෙන ඇල්ල)
These waterfalls are situated within the premises of Sinhalena (සිoහ ලෙන) Buddhist Hermitage of Neluwa-Kosmulla road. You can notice the name board of this hermitage in left hand side when you travel from Neluwa along Kosmulla road. (Before popular Duwili Ella). Climb up about 1.5km till you reach the Buddhist hermitage. As the road condition is good, you can drive up to some extent.
The foot pathway towards Sinhalena hermitage branches at a junction where it goes upwards to Kande (කන්දේ) Wiharaya (left hand side) and Hermitage (Right hand side). Get the small foot pathway just before this junction towards the water stream. When you get down to the water stream you will notice Thapolena Falls 1.
Thapolena falls 1
It is a small waterfall with 4-5m height.
After visiting at Thapolena falls 1, you have to climb down about 20m to view Thapolena falls 2. This is bit risky thing to do. You can have only a pilot view of Thapolena falls 2. (Don’t know there is a foot pathway to the base of this waterfall.)
Thapolena falls 2.
This is 15m tall waterfall which is situated close to Thapolena falls 1.
If you ask from villagers about this waterfall they may not know it. Because they don’t use this name.
2. Neluwa/Kosmulla Duwili falls. (නෙළුව/කොස්මුල්ල දුවිලි ඇල්ල)
This massive and beautiful waterfall will come across at Kosmulla (about 7km away from Neluwa). It has three parts. Due to it’s popularity among tourists, they have made cement foot steps to reach the waterfall. There is a man made pool at ticket counter to have a bath.
3. Thambalagama Duwili Falls (තඹලගම දුවිලි ඇල්ල)
This waterfall flows from Kabaragala Mountain and situated in Thambalagama area.
You have to walk/drive along the road where “Gramasewaka” house is situated about 1.5km. Then take the right hand side road which is situated in front of the last house of this road. This road will bring you to the water stream where the bridge can be noticed. Then you have to go upwards along the water stream about 100m till you reach this beautiful waterfall.
Before Kosmulla Duwili Ella becomes popular, this was the famous Duwili Ella of this area.
It’s height is 16m.
Waterfalls of Warukandeniya (වාරුකන්දෙනිය)
1. Alibodadola falls (ඇලිබොඩදොල ඇල්ල)
There are two Alibodadola falls-Alibodadola Ihala Ella and Alibodadola Pahala Ella. Once you enter the school road of Warukandeniya you will come across a board mentioning Warukandeniya-Alibodadola falls hydro power project. Follow the foot pathway closer to this board towards a tea patch first and then towards the water stream. Cross the water stream and you will come across hydro power plant. Take the foot pathway which is in behind the hydropower plant. It goes parallel to the Alibodadola.
After climb about 1km in this road you will come across Alibodadola Ihala Ella where they have diverted water.
Alibodadola Ihala Ella (ඇලිබොඩදොල ඉහල ඇල්ල)
This waterfall has few steps and main part is 8m tall.
When you come back in the same foot pathway about 50-100m, Alibodadola Pahala Ella can be viewed through trees. Follow the foot pathway down to the Alibodadola from main pathway and then climb up towards the waterfall.
Alibodadola Pahala Ella (ඇලිබොඩදොල පහල ඇල්ල)
It is about 5m in height.
2. Ratawal Dola Falls/? Beraliya Dola Ella (රටවැල් දොල ඇල්ල/?බෙරලියදොල ඇල්ල)
This waterfall is also situated in Warukandeniya. You have to walk along the school road of Warukandeniya about 1km till you reach the temple. The Hydropower house can be seen close to the temple. Take the foot pathway from there towards the waterfall. (We were guided by a kind villager and Buddhist priest of the temple. Thanks for them). Better clarify the pathway from nearby villagers.
This is 6m high waterfall.
Villagers are not using this name-Ratawal Dola. They basically say “waterfalls in Beraliya Dola” for all these waterfalls (Ratawal Dola Ella and Beraliya Galanda Ella). Therefore you might be confused if you search these waterfalls by it’s name.
When you go down along the Beraliya Dola, Beraliya Galanda falls will be come across. (Be careful in getting down along the water stream).
3. Beraliya Galanda Falls. (බෙරලිය ගල් ඇන්ද ඇල්ල)
This is 5m tall waterfall.
Waterfalls in Lankagama
Classic five waterfalls– Can be entered from Lankagama ticket counter.
1. Lankagama Brahamana Ella ලoකාගම බ්රාහ්මණ ඇල්ල (17m)
This is the first waterfall you can visit and can be seen even over the bridge of the road. This is made by Hariyawa Dola. Following this, Hariyawa Dola (හැරියාව දොල) flows further to join with Gin Ganga (ගිo ගග) . It is named as Brahamana Ella due to fallen of “Brahamanaya” from top of this waterfall.
2. Lankagama Thattu Ella (ලoකාගම තට්ටු ඇල්ල)
As this waterfall flows in 2-3 steps it is called Thattu Ella. It is about 10m high.
3. Lankagama Duwili Ella. (ලoකාගම දුවිලි ඇල්ල)
This 23m height beautiful waterfall is made by the right branch of Hariyawa Dola.
4. Gal Oruwa Ella (ගල් ඔරුව ඇල්ල)
This unusual shape water fall has 40m height. It is made by the left branch of Hariyawa Dola. There is an observation flat form to watch the waterfall.
5. Lankagama Uran Watuna Ella (ලoකාගම ඌරන් වැටුන ඇල්ල)
This 20m tall waterfall is situated just above Gal Oruwa waterfall, formed by right branch of Hariyawa Dola. It’s base is full of slippery rocks. Therefore the best view can be taken from the observation flat form at Gal Oruwa fall. When you reach the top of the waterfall you can watch another two beautiful waterfalls above Lankagama Uran Watuna Ella. (Our guide called them as “Nuga Deka Ella” (නුග දෙක ඇල්ල). But no waterfall exists like that).
6. Hathbinna Ella (හත්බින්න ඇල්ල)
This 6m tall waterfall is made by Gin Ganga when it takes a bend at Nilwalla (නිල් වැල්ල). It is such a wide waterfall. You have to cross Gin Ganga close to Lankagama ticket counter and follow the foot pathway to view this waterfall.
Waterfalls of Pitadeniya
To reach waterfalls of Pitadeniya, you have to walk towards the bridge between Pitadeniya and Lankagama and have to cross Aranuwa Dola (ආරනුව දොල).
1. Pathan Oya Ella/Wathugala Falls (පතන් ඔය ඇල්ල /වතුගල ඇල්ල)
You have to walk about 1.5-2km to reach Pathan Oya fall from Pitadeniya Conservation center. This waterfall has 16m height and it flows in few steps. It is bit difficult to reach to the base of the waterfall.
2. Kakuna falls (කැකුණ ඇල්ල)
As Kakuna trees are abundant around this water fall, it is called Kakuna Ella. It is 11m high and has 5m width.
3. Malmora Ella (මල්මොර ඇල්ල)
This 30m tall waterfall is situated within Sinharaja rain forest and need about 2.5-3km walk into the forest to view this. This foot pathway is highly infested with leeches.
Cascades of Gall District.
Above mentioned waterfalls are belong to Galle district and situated closer to Sinharaja rain forest. It covers large number of waterfalls in Galle district. Other waterfalls of Galle District are
1. Andahalena Ella (අඩාහැලෙන ඇල්ල)
2. Waterfalls in Kanneliya Forest-Anagimala Falls (අනගිමල ඇල්ල), Narangas Ella (නාරoගස් ඇල්ල) and Manamala Dola falls (මනමාළ දොල ඇල්ල)
Pitadeniya Conservation Center
There are 3 accommodation options at Pitadeniya Conservation Center.
1. “Wana Niwahana” (වන නිවහන)
2. Gin Ganga Sewana (ගිo ගග සෙවන)
3. Wanigasekara Memorial Home
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