Dunsinane Falls (Pundalu Oya)

Dunsinane Falls

Dunsinane Falls, also known as Pundalu Oya Falls (Sinhala: ඩන්සිනන් ඇල්ල), is a waterfall located in the village of Pundalu Oya, nestled within the picturesque Nuwara Eliya District of Sri Lanka.

The Fall

Cascading from a height of 100 meters (328.08 feet), the fall is fed by the waters of the Pundalu Oya stream, which originates from the northern slopes of the towering Great Western Mountain, soaring impressively at an elevation of 2,216 meters above mean sea level [(MAMSL) Kautzsch, 1983]. The water of the fall finally ends up at the Mahaweli Ganga River after taking the route through the Kotmale Oya (Abeyawardana, 2004; Kautzsch, 1983).

The top of the Dunsinane Falls is crowned by a huge cube of rockstone and the road from Pundalu Oya town crosses the fall at its lowest third part (Kautzsch, 1983). The fall has also played a role in cinema, as a captivating backdrop for certain scenes in the renowned Italian horror film "The Mountain of the Cannibal God" (1978).


1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p.242.
2) Kautzsch, E., 1983. A guide to the waterfalls of Sri Lanka: Tisara Prakasakayo. p.52.

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This page was last updated on 16 February 2024
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