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Bambarakanda Falls

Waterfalls in Sri Lanka have often been viewed as some of the most picturesque in the world. Being hidden in the lush greenery of the Sri Lankan hill country, it is always a rewarding feeling for anyone to bathe in the natural pools of the waterfalls and bask in the breathtaking view of the countryside. The Bambarakanda Falls is one such idyllic waterfall that proves to be just one of the many hidden gems in the country for the nature lover and the hiking enthusiast.

Best Known For

  • The Bambarakanda Falls is best known for being dubbed the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka, boasting of a 790 feet cascading drop that eventually falls into a natural pool of water, perfect for the weary traveller to take a dip in.
  • The pathway to the waterfall is also known for hiking too, especially if going through the Devil’s Staircase from the Ohiya side. Boasting of a dense pine forest with breathtaking views of the hill country, it always comes as a pleasant surprise for many a traveller to witness such a scenery.

Interesting Facts

  • The tallest waterfall in the country is formed by the Uduweriya Haputale Mountain and the Kuda Oya, a tributary of the Walawe River.
  • Although narrow and more like a horsetail - type waterfall, it certainly has a steep drop that would make anyone wonder how such a cascade is formed.
  • With a height of 790 feet, the waterfall is ranked, not only the highest waterfall in the country, but also ranked 299th in the world. Therefore, making it a waterfall with quite the drop.
  • Due to the waterfall being hidden in the evergreen forests of the Badulla District, there are two known pathways to the falls.
  • The most utilized route being the turn off from Kalupahana Junction since it can accommodate vehicles, thus being a less strenuous pathway.
  • The least used being the Devil’s Staircase from the Ohiya side since it is more suited for hiking. Although quite strenuous, it is still quite rewarding for anyone due to the picturesque views and the presence of the waterfall’s natural pools to cool off.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • The season to visit the tallest waterfall is generally during the rainy season that can be experienced in the months of March and April, since the waterfall can be witnessed operating in its full capacity, as opposed to the dry season, when it is reduced to a disappointing trickle.
  • It is best to visit the waterfall during the mornings up until the early evenings. It is highly advisable not to visit or take a dip at the natural pool during the night time since it is very dark and quite dangerous.
  • If you are planning on taking the more picturesque, but strenuous Devil’s Staircase, it is important to be mindful of your surroundings as the pathway through the pine forest can be quite slippery during the rainy season.
  • Whatever route you take, it is important to travel with the intention of keeping your surroundings clean too, so refrain from using polythene and do not pollute the environment.

In conclusion, if you are looking to witness some of the more unique natural features of Sri Lanka and experience the rustic bliss of the central highlands, a visit to the Bambarakanda Falls certainly fulfils those requirements.

Title image by: Jehan Gamalathge

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LKR 150

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