Monday, 26 March 2018

Dunhinda Falls

Dunhinda Falls, Sri Lanka
Dunhinda Falls is a waterfall located in Badulla District, Sri Lanka. The fall is formed by Badulu Oya, a tributary of Mahaweli Ganga river. Located on Badulla-Mahiyangana road about 5 km distance from the Badulla town, the fall can be reached by walking further along a footpath stretching 1.25 km. The fall plunges from a height of 210 feet (64 m) into a large circular pool, generating considerable smoky dew drops spray. In the Sinhalese language, the name Dunhinda means-the fall of spray or vapour fall. The word Dun (දුන්) means that gave or was given while Hinda (හිඳ) means evaporate.

Several myths and legends are found among the locals associated with the fall. According to one legend, a beautiful fish wearing a golden earring swims over the buried treasure of Kumarasinghe, the prince of Uva, in the pool of the waterfall and comes to the surface once a year. The treasure is guarded by men armed with golden swards and the people who swim in the pool must beware of the guards, as they are looking for a human sacrifice every year.

Another story associated with the fall tells of a princess related to the royal blood of the Gampola King (14th century) who eloped from the wrath of her father with her commoner lover. However, the couple was finally tracked down to Kosgalla, a village near the falls. Determined not to be separated from each other, the couple fled from the village to the highest ledge of the falls and hurled themselves down into the abyss below. On the same night, a fierce storm is said to have struck the surrounding area.

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2) Briggs, P., 2018. Bradt Travel Guide. Sri Lanka Bradt Travel Guides, p. 454.
3) Wanasundera, N. P., 2002. Sri Lanka. Cultures of the world:  Marshall Cavendish, p. 9.
4) Ceylon Today, Volume 6, 1957: Sri Lanka Pravrutti Departamenthuva, pp. 2-3.

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