Kurundu Oya Ella Falls | Second Tallest Waterfall in Sri Lanka

Kurundu Oya Ella Falls
Kurundu Oya Ella Falls (Photo credit: Ashan Dulanja Udeshitha, Google Street View)

Kurundu Oya Ella Falls (Sinhala: කුරුඳු ඔය ඇල්ල) is a waterfall located in Walapane in Nuwara Eliya District, Sri Lanka. The fall is about 189 m (620.07 ft.) in height and is formed by the waters of the Kurundu Oya stream originating from the northern slopes of the country's highest mountain range, Pidurutalagala (Abeyawardana, 2004; Vithanage, 1988).

The fall is considered to be the second-highest waterfall in the country (Abeyawardana, 2004; Vithanage, 1988). It is a dual waterfall with a gap of 20 m between the two cascades. The falls are fed all year round by streams that rarely dry up. The waters of the fall flow on to form yet another small waterfall, Gurugoda Ella, downstream before joining the Mahaweli Ganga River to feed the Randenigala Reservoir.

At present, a small hydropower plant operates at the base of the waterfall.

1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p.255.
2) Vithanage, P.W., 1988. Relief and Drainage. The National Atlas of Sri Lanka. Survey Department of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 9559059009. pp.22-23.
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This page was last updated on 29 September 2023

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