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Bomburu Ella Falls

Amongst the natural collection of waterfalls Sri Lanka is home to, is a lesser known yet magnificent cascading mass of rivulets; the Bomburu Ella Falls, located on the outskirts of the Nuwara Eliya and Badulla districts, roughly a 6 hour drive from Colombo. Settled in the Sita Eliya Kandapola Forest Reserve, shrouded by neighbouring greens and enveloped in crisp, cool mist, Bomburu Ella is nothing short of picturesque, with its many falls plummeting down a height of roughly 50 metres.

Best Known For

  • Coined as the widest waterfall in Sri Lanka, the Bomburu Ella Falls, also known as Perawella Falls, is a natural work of art. Fed by the upper segment of the principal tributary of the Uma River, the waterfall is a collection of little jungle waterfalls branched together, creating 165 feet.
  • An arduous yet rewarding hike amidst the Sita Eliya Kandapola Forest Reserve and the river descent; Bomburu Ella makes up for this by way of its breathtaking view presented.
  • Along the trek to the top of Bomburu Ella, one may stumble on roughly 8 little jungle waterfalls situated above. Each play their own part in the creation of Bomburu Ella Falls with their rivulet branches flowing in, collectively paving way to what is now classed as the widest waterfall in Sri Lanka.

Interesting Facts

  • The waterfall is situated between 1,500 to 2,000 metres above sea level.
  • A walk through the wilderness of the Sita Eliya Kandapola Forest Reserve, along the track to the top of Bomburu Ella Falls affords one surreal glimpses of neighbouring waterfalls, varying in height and form.
  • In the vicinity will also be the Pedro Scout Camp, dedicated to training programmes for scout leaders and the sports shooting area of Nuwara Eliya.
  • The waters of the Bomburu Ella Fall has been diverted to a powerhouse located in the area and is utilised for cultivation purposes.
  • Aptly named after the waterfall, the Bomburu reservoir is in close proximity and is fed by some of the lesser known waterfalls which make up Bomburu Ella.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • The starting point of the trek to the top of the Bomburu Ella Fall will be at the Bomburu Ella village.
  • Parking spaces will be available at the starting point of hike, for convenience and ease of access.
  • Please note that camping at the site is prohibited but travellers are permitted to picnic on its premises and bathe in its natural pools.
  • Ensure that one packs in means of protection against leeches, by way of repellents or appropriate shoes and long pants.
  • The duration of the overall trek may be a couple of hours therefore ensure that you pack in sufficient food and drink.
  • An alternative means of transport will be a bus which travels from Nuwara Eliya to Bomburu Ella village; a three-wheeler can then be taken from the Rendapola junction to the designated group meeting spot.

For the travel enthuse seeking to experience some of the lesser known natural features in Sri Lanka, this waterfall in Nuwara Eliya is an unorthodox yet intriguingly significant natural pick to immerse in. Travel down to the ‘Little England’ town in the central highlands for an up-close look.

Title image by: Hudhaif Ameer

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