Dunhinda Falls

One of Sri Lanka’s most enchanting waterfalls, the Dunhinda Falls is a little slice of ‘heaven on earth’. Although boasting of a cascade that is below 100-metres in height, the Dunhinda Falls is still an exemplary natural wonder in the hill country, due to its lush green natural surroundings and the natural pool it creates, making for pristine scenery of the luscious, verdant valleys of the central highlands of this paradise island.

Best Known For

  • Dunhinda Falls is without doubt famed for its exemplary cascade of water that ends up in a pristine natural pool, making it almost the perfect waterfall in up country Sri Lanka.
  • Coupled with the rocky outcrops draped in Evergreen trees teeming with wildlife, especially monkeys, the Dunhinda Falls is best known for providing that magical feeling of being one with nature.

Interesting Facts

  • The 63-metre high waterfall is steeped in history that dates back to the late 16th century.
  • During the time of King Rajasinhe in the 16th century, a giant fern got stuck at the top of the fall, between two mountains, thus acting as a dam, which resulted in the flooding of the close by Badulla Town.
  • This led to the king entrusting a person named ‘Ranhavadidaraya’ to clear the fern and would take 3 months to accomplish the task, eventually leading to the Badulla Town finally reemerging.
  • Moreover, the falls is also known to be called ‘Bridal Falls’ due to the cascade being quite reminiscent to the veil of a bride during her wedding.
  • The original name, ‘Dunhinda’, though has a more practical meaning to it, as it literally means ‘spraying’ or ‘vapour’.
  • The trail that leads to the falls actually takes you through another waterfall called ‘Kuda Dunhinda’, meaning ‘small spraying waterfall’.
  • Along the trail you will encounter many monkeys coming around you scavenging for food, making it quite the nature trail.
  • Along the trails you do come across a few vendors selling some street snacks, making it also quite a festive affair that surprisingly blends well with the rustic vibes.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • The falls do not have a particular season, as such the cascade never ceases its ferocious drop. However, the months of June and July, are the months when the falls experience the most influx of tourists.
  • The falls can only be accessed from 6.30am to 5.00pm at a fee of LKR 200, however, the late afternoon is considered to be the ideal time to visit the falls, due to the sprawling atmosphere of the area.
  • Do keep in mind that you can take a dip in the natural pools found around the area, however, do exercise extreme caution since the flow of water can change quite rapidly depending on the season.
  • You do have to walk quite a bit to witness the splendour of the falls and might traverse some rough trails along the way, therefore it is best to be prepared with hiking gear and some essentials like water and snacks.
  • Please refrain from taking polythene and please keep your surroundings clean at all costs.
  • Of course, do not forget your camera.

In conclusion, Dunhinda Falls is a surreal cascade of water that gives some of the most enchanting views of the country’s resplendent bodies of water and its surrounding greenery, making it almost a perfect depiction of the fields of Elysium.

Location info






LKR 200
LKR 100

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Sri Lanka Classy Tours
Pearl of Asia Tours


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