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Bopath Falls

This 30 meter high Bopath fall is located on the Kuru Ganaga: a tributary of the Kalu Ganga. At Higgashena, just before Kuruwita town, turn left and travel about 4 kilometers interior to reach the falls. This fall has three cascades and is in a really beautiful landscape. The

name of the fall derivesfrom Bo (Ficus Religiousa) the holy tree under which the Buddha attained enlightened and from Patra (leat); the fall resembles the Bo leaf in shape. This is a fascinating recreational site.
 
   
   
    This 16 meters fall is situated on Kirindi Ela. It is located in Bambarabotuwa forest and flows into Denawak Ganga, a tributary of the Kalu Ganga. Drive from Ratnapura to Pelmadulla, about 500 meters before Pelmadulla is a junction
to Kuttapitiya, which leads to a teafactory and 1.5 kilometers further on you see the water fall.
 
   
   
    Dehena Falls is an impressive 73m in height and its source is a small spring called Gaslabu Ella. The stream, known as Dehena Dola, flows from Udagama on Dehena Mountain and cascades in twin chutes from the plain of Udaamunatenna. Afterwards the water flows via Pandola to the Bambarakotuwa River
A small opening in the stone at the base of the pool near the fall is called 'Gathula', meaning 'inside of the stone'. It is said that during heavy rain, the caves surrounding the fall are totally submerged and the road becomes obscured by mist. However, during dry spells the flow is languid. The land towards the top of the fall has been denuded for timber and tea plantations, which has caused the depletion of aquifers.
Take the Ratnapura - Sri Pada road and take the turning at Wevelwatte to Weveldola Valley for 25km. The tree-lined road through the hills is narrow and a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. Dehena Falls is one of several here, located between the villages of Pahalagama and Amunugama. The sounds of the fall can be heard before it is visible.
 
 
   
   
    The 68m fall derives its name from a nearby tea estate. It is served by a brook beginning at Kalugaldova on the southern slope of the Bathurugala Mountain (1047m). After being joined by numerous other small brooks, the water winds its way through the mountain jungles to Wewell Dola, where it forms the Walawe River. This is met by the
Heendole stream before forming the elegant fall. The upper reach of the fall is home to species such as elk, sambur deer, wild boar and reptiles. The lower reaches are abundant with water leeches. Thereafter, the water cascades from a rocky ridge giving rise to the small Halketiya Falls. Ratnapura is the nearest city to the fall that is situated on a tea estate bordering a stretch of the Sri Pada Jungle. Take the road from Ratnapura to Bambarakotuwa and Wevel Watha, which then winds through lush plantations and the villages of Kudamagaka, Ravuladola, Pollwatte and Rilegama until reaching the Egarasland and Halwatura summit junctions. From here, turn left and follow the short winding road to the twin falls. Due to the difficult terrain, a four-wheel drive vehicle is the best mode of transport.
 
 
   
   
    Pandioya Falls is 45m in height and enclosed by woodland. Its name derives from the 'pandi' (Garra ceylonensis) species of fish that are a formidable sight swimming upstream along the .rocks, against the flow of water. The fall's source is the Pandi River, which springs from the nearby Bathgurula Mountain (1045m), south-west of the Sri Pada
Reserve. It later flows to the Kaluganga River. Bambarakande Mountain provides a stunning backdrop Take the Wevelwatte highway in the Ratnapura District via Gilimale to Bibile village. From here it is a tortuous trek of 6km through assorted flora and creepers. There is no defined path so it is necessary to hire a local guide.
 

 

   

Katu Gas Falls

This small fall is 6 meters in height with several cascades rusing down over rocks in scrub jungle. The fall is on the Katu Gas Ela (Stream) with its sources in the monsson forests of the southern slope of Minuwangala hill. Indeed, to reach the cascades on foot, it quite difficult because of the surrounding thick scrubs. To get there, take the Ratnapura-Kospelawinna route, which
starts behind the Ratnapura bus-stand and travel about two kilometers, at Kospelawinna and turn right to Godigamuwa. This road crosses the Katu Gas Ela. From the bridge walk upstream along a small path to the fall
 
   

Rajanawa Falls

   
    A small tributary of the Wey Ganga, which meets the Kalu Ganga at Ratnapura, makes this 8m beautiful waterfall. It is situated at Marapana, not far away from the Ratnapura city
limits. It is one of most popular falls among holiday makers. The fall is very close to the Dela-Ratnapura road, but it canít be seen from there. To visit this fall you must stop where the Rajanawa stream crosses the road, and follow the small path which is parallel to the up strem, to where this small path ends, and then you have to use the river course to reach this spectacular water fall and the rock pool just below it.
 
 
   
   
    The 68m Madanagiri Falls is also known as the Mohini Falls, since villagers believe that a female apparition called Mohini haunts the area.The fall is situated in the Ratnapura District and to visit the falls take the road from Ratnapura towards Weweltanne and the fall is to be found after 26 km. It is located 280m away from the north side of the bridge of kadurugala stream
 
 
   
   
    This 50m-high fall, set amongst tea plantations and a plethora of mountainous flora and fauna, is formed by the convergence of several brooks originating on the Rakshagala Mountain. The cascading waters of the fall have been poetically likened to pure white cotton and a length
of loosened hair, flowing from a fairy in the heavens, free for anyone to comb. At the base of the fall is a rock that offers a perfect seat for quiet contemplation, and also a pool known as the Beruwatte Villa, from where two brooks converge to flow into the Wevel Dola stream. This stream is later joined by the Alupola Dola and the Ravula Dola, and finally flows into the Mahaweli River near Malwala. Both the Balakotunna mountain range and the Mahalassa estate are visible from the elevated ground close to the fall. The fall is situated in the Ratnapura District. From Ratnapura town, head towards Balangoda via Wevelwatte and the fall can be found in the village of Balakotunna. Alternatively, from the Wevelwatte junction, head towards Balangoda for 1.5km and turn right at the tea estate. From here, it is necessary to trek for around 100m along the track adjacent to the estate to reach the fall.
 
 
   
   
    This 50m-high fall, set amongst tea plantations and a plethora of mountainous flora and fauna, is formed by the convergence of several brooks originating on the Rakshagala Mountain. The cascading waters of the fall have been poetically likened to pure white cotton and a length of loosened hair, flowing from a fairy in the heavens, free for anyone to comb.
At the base of the fall is a rock that offers a perfect seat for quiet contemplation, and also a pool known as the Beruwatte Villa, from where two brooks converge to flow into the Wevel Dola stream. This stream is later joined by the Alupola Dola and the Ravula Dola, and finally flows into the Mahaweli River near Malwala. Both the Balakotunna mountain range and the Mahalassa estate are visible from the elevated ground close to the fall. The fall is situated in the Ratnapura District. From Ratnapura town, head towards Balangoda via Wevelwatte and the fall can be found in the village of Balakotunna. Alternatively, from the Wevelwatte junction, head towards Balangoda for 1.5km and turn right at the tea estate. From here, it is necessary to trek for around 100m along the track adjacent to the estate to reach the fall.
 
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