Devon Ella Falls | Veil of the Valley

Devon Ella Falls
Devon Ella Falls (Sinhala: ඩෙවෝන් ඇල්ල; Tamil: டெவோன் அருவி) is a waterfall cascading in Talawakele village in Nuwara Eliya District, Sri Lanka. A viewpoint of this waterfall is located on the Hatton-Nuwara Eliya road (A7) about 6 km distance from Talawakele town.

The waterfall is 95.4 m high and occurs 1169.23 m above the mean sea level (Abeywardhana, 2004). Cascading in 3 segments, the waters of the fall finally enter Kotmale Oya, a tributary of the Mahaweli Ganga River (Abeywardhana, 2004; Kautzsch, 1983). The fall can be reached by walking about 1 km on a path downhill through tea plantations.

The fall got its name from Devon and his estate (Kautzsch, 1983). Devon was a pioneer English coffee planter (Kautzsch, 1983). The fall is known among locals as the "Veil of the Valley" because the shape of the waterfall reflects a bridal veil.

1) DevonFalls-Srilanka-May2015 (1) by Rehman is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

1) Abeywardhana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka.  p.223.
2) Kautzsch, E., 1983. A guide to the waterfalls of Sri Lanka: Tisara Prakasakayo. p.50.

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This page was last updated on 29 May 2023

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