Lover’s Leap Waterfall

Marked as the only waterfall in Sri Lanka rooted in romantic folklore, Lover’s Leap is one of the more unique natural features Sri Lanka is home to. Rippling down a height of roughly 30 metres, the fall immerses one in an up close look at a natural feat which was once the rumoured site of a historical event and a source of mystery and intrigue to those familiar with its name in the local community. Approximately 2 kilometres from the Nuwara Eliya town, past the blankets of tea plantation and tranquil rural life that thrives within, the deafening roar of a magnificent cascade can be heard; the mystical Lover’s Leap Waterfall.

Best Known For

  • Its tale of lore; as legend has it, a royal prince, on a hunt in the forest, lost his way about and fell for a damsel who rescued him. A marriage between the two was looked down on by the King and Queen and having broken free of the soldiers attempting to drag him back to the palace, the prince and the damsel took the jump from the top of the waterfall to their deaths as a means of immortalizing their love. The waterfall has since earned itself the name Lover’s Leap.
  • The view afforded to one is quite simply, breathtaking. The fall flows down through the middle of two towering granite ledges, similar to a crease in a book, shrouded by foliage and trees growing in its vicinity and on the ledges.

Interesting Facts

  • Along the nature trail to the falls and in its vicinity, one may come across many other features of either natural beauty, including the scenic Lake Gregory and Galwala Falls.
  • This waterfall in Nuwara Eliya is located at the South East border of the Piduruthalagala forest reserve. Around five or six small cascades ripple down above the falls, contributing to its flow and are claimed, by a local author, to be some of the falls of the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka, Piduruthalagala.
  • The water from the falls was once utilized for brewing, yet is now collected in a tank and used for drinking purposes.
  • Lover’s Leap may not constantly retain its impressive flow. The dry season renders it languid, with a weaker plummet to be seen.
  • Local superstitions about the falls stem from the famous tale which has marked itself as an integral part of Lover’s Leap, the result of which is local villagers avoiding the falls at night.
  • The route from the waterfall to Pedro Tea Estate will introduce to you tea plantations named after the falls as an honorary tribute: Lover’s Leap.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • The Route can be taken from the factory of the Pedro Tea Estate to the manager’s bungalow along a dirt road. Turn left at the cross roads, onto the middle path at the three-way junction and onto a dirt parking area after around 15 minutes. Step onto a walking track that takes you through the tea plantations towards a forest and a rock face. A little further on, past the Shiva shrine, ripples the waterfall.
  • The climb to the top of Lover’s Leap may be difficult but the view presented at the top more than makes up for it. The climb is recommended for hiking beginners.
  • Keep an eye out for slippery rocks and stones; best be clad in appropriate footwear.
  • It is advised that one visits the fall with a tour guide in a bid to not lose one’s way.
  • Be aware of leeches; a few drops of lime will quickly have leeches releasing your skin if bitten.
  • The best time of year to immerse in the beauty of Lover’s Leap will be during the rainy season, for the cascades weaken their water flow during the dry spells.

One of the more scenic things to do in Sri Lanka, immerse in the cascading beauty of a natural highlight that centres around a tale of lore which dates back hundreds of years in history: the Lover’s Leap Waterfall.

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