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Is Kirindi Falls a treasure
Kirindi Falls in the Ratnapura district is 116m tall. The
source of this breath-taking, 116m-high fall is the Kirindi Ela
(stream), which flows from its starting point 940m up the Kuttapitiya
mountain. The stream travels 13km before the cascading point in
the Kaluwaramukalana Jungle. It then flows via the Denawaka River
to the Kaluganga, located in the Bambarakotuwa Jungle. Local villagers
say that there is a picture of a tortoise etched into stone here.
the base of the fall, the water plunges into a deep pool called
Diyagathwala. A popular story is that a flight of stone steps leads
down to the bottom, where a treasure trove is hidden. But this may
only be a myth since although the water completely dries up during
times of drought, there have been no reports of a treasure being
the wooded area surrounding the fall, there is a multitude of plant
species together with wildlife including wild boar, cobra, monkeys
and reptiles. This area was previously known as 'Kustapitiya', meaning
itch, as folklore has it that a king suffering from an itch had
lived here. While villagers believe that sometimes human voices
can be heard near the fall, they also say that fireballs can be
seen in the skies above the fall at night. The nearest town to Kirindi
Falls is Pelmadulla. The fall can be easily reached through the
Ratnapura-Pelmadulla road turning left before the Kuttapitiya junction
and proceeding for about five kilometers.
Falls on the Nuwara Eliya - Pusselawa road is 109m tall. It is a
double fall borne of the many convergent brooks in the area that
flow into the Puna Oya Reservoir, a tributary of the Kotmala River.
Take the Nuwara Eliya - Pussellawa road for 12km.The fall is located
1.5km from the highway. It is 10km from Pusselawa Resthouse.
Falls in the Ratnapura district is a staggering 108m high. The name
of the fall is derived from the numerous wild boar found in the
vicinity that come to drink water and often get swept away by the
gushing waters. The river flows onto a rocky ledge, which creates
a three-tier fall. Further downstream, the river passes another
fall called Kottun, before joining the Kaluganga.
in severe droughts, the fall never dries up and supplies the nearby
Kiribathgala State Plantations estates and hospital with water.
A wide variety of trees and medicinal plants grow in the fall's
lush surroundings. The fall flows from the Mirishena jungle from
the Pettiyagala mountain in the Opanaike Divisional Secretariat
Falls, also in the Ratnapura district is 105m in height and flows
to the Deni River. There is a massive crevasse at the base of the
fall. Many are the theories as to how the fall got its name. One
is that it has got its name from 'de-mala', meaning 'twin falls'.
Other tales of folklore are all connected with Tamils. One is that
a young Tamil (demali) shepherd woman who was carrying a pale of
milk from Ambagaha Arawa village to Kiri Kandula village was startled
by a nefarious king. The woman panicked and fled but tripped, fell
into the fall and got drowned.
story tells of the mansion of a Tamil minister. When he left to
go to war, he told his seven queens that if he was defeated, a white
flag would be hoisted from his ship's sails. If the white flag is
hoisted, he instructed them to flee in disguise. However, the white
flag was hoisted by mistake, so the queens naturally assumed the
war had been lost and preferred to commit suicide rather than flee.
tale tells of how King Walagamba was waging war on the Tamils and
as he passed the fall, a Tamil woman reacted by jumping into the
water. The nearby Hakgala mountain is also associated with the Ravana
epic. The arrow released in war games by King Ravana is said to
have pierced seven mountains and penetrated two more mountain peaks.
This narrowed the gap between the two peaks at Hakgala. The passage
through the mountain is called the Ravana Passage. The closest town
is Balangoda, Ratnapura District. Take the road from there to Pasaramulla
and turn right. Continue for 3km to find the fall.
Falls - 102m high - is situated in the Nuwara Eliya district. It
is served by water from the Katukelle Estate (1200m). Below the
fall is a canal network, constructed in 1888. It can be reached
through the Ragala - Kandy road. The fall is located between the
25th and 26th mile posts. The nearest town is Hanguranketha.
Falls (in picture) - also known as the Navaratne Fall - is 101m
high and is the highest fall in the Kandy district. The stream that
serves it irrigates the paddy fields of the surrounding villages.
villagers say that there were seven vessels filled with precious
stones hidden close to the fall, but that five have now been found.
However, anyone attempting to find the final two is said to meet
with an untimely death at the bottom of the fall.
route to the fall winds through villages between the Hunasgiriya
mountain range and dense jungle. It can be reached by travelling
on the Kandy - Mahiyangana highway from Hasalaka towards Wasgamuwa
National Park to the Eke Ela Agri-Colony. From here, turn left onto
a side road and continue until the footpath which leads to the fall
after 4km. It is 7km from Hasalaka.