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|Year and Month||May, 2014 (05th and 31st)|
|Number of Days||Two separate days|
|Transport||Public transport-by bus, Three wheel and walking|
|Activities||Waterfall seeing and Photography|
|Route||Colombo -> Rathnapura -> Kalawana|
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Following waterfalls are situated in Rathnapura-Kalawana road.
- Rajanawa Ella
- Haldola Ella
- Napath Ella
- Balla Mala Ella
- Watawala Ella
- Uman Ella
- Dellawa Ella
- Patta Ella
- Lihiniyandola Falls
Rajanawa Ella (රජනාව ඇල්ල)
This is the first waterfall you will come across in this group. It is very popular as it is situated closer to the main road. You can reach Rajanawa Falls at 1st mile post bridge of Rathnapura-Kalawana road.
Rajanawa Falls is 12m tall and having risk of pollution due to it’s popularity.
As King Walagamba has bath here, it is called Rajanawa Falls.
Haldola Falls (හල්දොල ඇල්ල)
This waterfall is situated at Haldola area. You have to take the left hand side road at Dala (දෑල) Bridge when you are going from Rathnapura to reach Haldola. There is a road to right hand side just before Haldola old bridge. Get down from this road to reach the waterfall.
This 7m tall waterfall is completely dry when we visited there. Might be low water level or water has been diverted from other side. If rain is not there that much, not worth to visit there.
Napath Ella (නාපත් ඇල්ල)
This waterfall is situated in Kolombuwagama (කොළොම්බුවගම). You can take your way from Niwithigala (නිවිතිගල) to Kolombuwagama. There are infrequent buses from Rathnapura to Kolombuwagama and it takes about ½ hours to reach there from Niwithigala. From Kolombuwagama junction take the road to Napath Ella. It is about 2km distance and can drive closer to the waterfall.
Mini hydropower project was constructed above the waterfall before 2years and currently it has low water level. She shows her colours only during rainy season.
Napath Ella is 12m tall.
Balla Mala Ella (බල්ලා මල ඇල්ල)
This popular waterfall is situated in Udakarawita (උඩ කරවිට) area. We have reached the top of the waterfall from the road starts at 14th mile post towards Janapadaya (ජනපදය). Drive about 4-5km along this road and take left hand side road to reach the top of the waterfall. You can reach the bottom of the waterfall from Karawita town as well.
We reached the top of the waterfall and then went down in right hand side to reach the bottom. There is a foot pathway but this way is bit difficult.
It is 52m tall waterfall. Due to fallen of a dog of the estate owner from this waterfall, called Balla Mala Ella.
Watawala Ella (වටවල ඇල්ල)
This waterfall has two parts. But you can’t see both parts together. First part can be reached from 14th mile post. Take the road towards Janapadaya from 14th mile post and drive about 2-3km to reach the top of the first part. (Clarify the place you have to get down to the waterfall from the road). But you can’t reach the bottom of the waterfall from there. This part is about 10m tall.
Most beautiful and 2nd part of the waterfall can be easily reached from 12th mile post/ Karawita town. Take the road from 12th mile post towards Paranawaththa (පරණවත්ත). You have to take left hand side road at Paranawaththa three way junction if you are coming from 12th mile post. After about 100m in this road you will notice a foot pathway in right hand side to reach the waterfall. (Better clarify from villagers). Total height of this waterfall is 40m.
Uman Ella (උමo ඇල්ල)
The water stream called “We Ganga” වේ ගග will make this waterfall after Delwala Falls. You have to get the road on left hand side at 14th mile post of Rathnapura-Kalawana road. Walk about 2km along this road to meet the ultimate foot pathway to reach the waterfall. (I think driving is possible up to some extent along this road. Road condition is fairly good).Foot pathway lies behind a private house and you will reach the top of the waterfall.
You can visualize about ¾ of the waterfall from there. It is very difficult to reach the base of the waterfall due to steepness. This waterfall is similar to Gal Oruwa waterfall in Lankagama.
Always clarify your way to this waterfall from villagers as it takes many turns to reach the waterfall.
As it flows through a tunnel, it is called Uman Ella.
Delwala Falls (දෙල්වල ඇල්ල)
This 20m tall beautiful waterfall is situated in Delwala village. This can be reached from Pabotuwa (පෑබොටුව) junction . Drive about 2km from Pabotuwa junction towards Delwala and waterfall can be seen in left hand side. To reach the waterfall you have to go through a tea estate. The pool at the top of the waterfall can be used for bath.
If you go further in this road you can reach seven waterfalls of this area. (Refer report Seven waterfalls ( Ali Hatha) of Delwala-Nivithigala)
Patta Ella (පට්ට ඇල්ල)
This 3 m tall beautiful waterfall is situated in Kalawana-Samanpura (සමන් පුර) road. You can have a right turn to Kalawana-Samanpura road before Kalawana town. After about 2km at Rajjuwaththa (රජ්ජුවත්ත) area (Better clarify about this place from villagers) you will come across a tea patch through which the foot pathway lies towards the water stream. It brings you to the top of the waterfall. To get a clear view, have to get down through tea patch.
Lihiniyandola Falls (ලිහිණියන්දොල ඇල්ල)
This waterfall is situated along the boundary of Wathurawa (වතුරාව) and Wembiyangoda (වෙන්බියන්ගොඩ) villages. It has three parts with a height of 25m. Get the direction from Kalawana along Waddagala (වැද්දාගල) road and turn to Wathurawa from Kolaniya (කොලණිය) Junction. Then drive along Wathurawa road till you meet the road towards Budulena Buddhist Hermitage. Drive up in that road about 2km till you meet the boundary between Dolabada Kanda tea estate and Budulena forest patch. Follow the foot pathway down along this boundary and you will notice this beautiful cascade in your right hand side. The first foot pathway starts from there directs you to the middle part of the cascade. If you go down further along the main foot pathway, you will notice the latter part of the cascade and it is bit difficult to reach there. (Alternative way is follow the road up to Budulena Buddhist Hermitage and get direction from chief priest. But it takes time as he is so talkative).
First bus from Kalawana to Wathurawa starts at 6.50am. There are buses in less frequent to Wathurawa. There is an alternative route (less distance) from Kalawana town. But the bridge of this road has collapsed and only walking is possible there.
We didn’t attempt to reach the first part of the cascade.
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