Sunday, May 9, 2021

Laxapana Falls

Laxapana Falls
Laxapana Falls is a waterfall situated in Laxapana in Sri Pada mountains range in Nuwara Eliya District, Sri Lanka. The fall is considered as one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the country.

The stream known as Maskeli Oya creates this falls before it joins Kehelgamu Oya which finally falling into the Kelani Ganga (Abeyawardana, 2004). The fall is 69.31 m (315.97 ft.) in height and located 738.46 m (2422.76 ft.) above sea level (Abeyawardana, 2004). The name of this fall has been given to twin hydroelectric power stations, Old Laxapana Power Station which generates 50 MW of electricity and New Laxapana Power Station which generates 100 MW (Abeyawardana, 2004).
 
Folklore
It is said that King Sri Vira Parakrama Narendra Singha (1707–1739 A.D.) decorated the route from this spot (Laxapana) to Sri Pada and lighted 900,000 lamps along the route using gingelly oil and king coconut oil (Abeyawardana, 2004).

Attribution

References
1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. pp.262-263.
 
Location Map
This page was last updated on 9 May 2021
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