continues the fascinating trip across waterfalls in association
with Lanka Council of Waterfalls
- the enchanting falls
Dunhinda is considered to be one of the most enchanting falls in
Sri Lanka and is in close proximity to Badulla town. The water resembles
a thin cloud as it cascades 63m downwards into a large pool. The
backdrop to the fall is known as 'Dunhinda Adaviya'. 'Dunhinda'
translates to 'spraying/vapour waterfall' - the word 'dun' means
'gave/was given', while 'hinda' means 'evaporate'.
fall is steeped in history. The area was once inhabited by indigenous
people - the Veddha tribe. During the time of King Rajasinhe, a
giant fern got stuck at the top of the fall, between two mountains.
This acted as a dam, which resulted in the flooding of Badulla town.
Seeing the gravity of the situation, the king entrusted the task
of clearing the sluice to a person named 'Ranhavadidaraya'. After
toiling for three months he managed to clear the water and the town
fern was swept away but got stuck again at a place now known as
Pussellawa ('pus' meaning fern). It was the first fall on the island
where a fee was introduced to view it. This applies to both local
and foreign visitors.
Dunhinda Falls is 5km from Badulla town and from the main highway
it is a tortuous 1km walk. The Ella rest-house is 29km away.
at 63m, the Okandagala Falls in the Ratnapura District is a spectacular
sight during the rains of the eastern monsoon, when the water reaches
the Belihul Oya. Some say that from the bird's eye view, achieved
by climbing to the top of the rocks, the fall appears to flow from
the sky. During a drought however, it dries up completely. The wild
undergrowth prevents visitors from viewing the fall at close range.
to folklore, treasure troves containing 32 crowns and assorted gems
are hidden in the rock. A visiting king is supposed to have asked
"is that the rock containing the treasure?", giving the
fall its name ('okandagala' means 'is that the rock?').
the Kandy highway towards Nuwara Eliya via Wathumulla, passing both
the 42nd mile post and the second culvert. At the three-way junction,
take the Mandarampura road. Near the Makandura Reservoir, there
is a road that leads to Okandagala mountain. This 2.5km journey
is extremely difficult.
the summit of the Okandagala mountain the Okandagala river flows,
creating a minor fall (known as the Okandagala Sub-waterfall), which
is 5m in height. Continue for a further 3.5km, past a huge mango
tree to reach the fall, which cascades down a massive section of
Falls is 60m in height, 2m wide and made up of three segments. It
is named after a film that was shot in the area. Originating from
the Sri Pada Reserve's Ellamana mountain range (948m), the fall
is created by the Kadawath ganga, which flows along Sabaragamuwa,
Uva and later into the Weli ganga. It is bordered by an untouched
the Mahaeliyakande there are certain soil crystals known as 'Sita
Devi Guli', which resemble the rice used to make 'aggala'. According
to folklore, Sita Devi (Queen Sita) is said to have made sweetmeat
here and spilled some of it, which is what remains at the site today.
story has it that two villagers saw gold plates glittering in a
cave, while on a jungle trek. They decided to retrieve the treasure
and ventured inside the cave but as soon as they were inside, the
stone door of the cave shut, barring their exit. They were allowed
out only once they had acknowledged that the treasure belonged to
the Balangoda - Badulla road to the 169 - 170th mile posts, between
Halpe and Marangawela. Turn at the Belihuloya, near Halpe and proceed
for 8km along the Colombo - Ratnapura - Batticoloa road. Near the
105th mile post, 20m through mountainous jungle, the fall can be
found. The Belihuloya rest-house is 8km away and the Koslande rest-house
is 40km away.