Devil's Staircase (Sri Lanka)

Devil's Staircase
Devil's Staircase (Sinhala: යකාගේ පඩිපෙල) is referred to a 16 km route that spans between the Kalupahana Junction and the Devil's Staircase Junction on Ohiya road in Badulla District, Sri Lanka. It is considered one of the most scenic and popular four-by-four trails in the country.

The route is filled with steep ascents and zigzag turns and there are no signs along the trail. There are three methods to ascend the Devil's staircase: by 4x4 jeep, motorcycle or foot bicycle, and on foot. The journey can start in Ohiya and end in Kalupahana or vice versa. The difference between these two routes is the uphill or downhill climb. The more hardcore way to do it is the uphill climb (from Kalupahana to Ohiya) and this normally takes 6-8 hours. The journey from Ohiya to Kalupahana or downhill climb roughly takes 4-5 hours on foot.

The main feature of the trail is Bambarakanda Falls, the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka. With a height of 263 meters, it is located about 1 km away from the Kalupahana Junction. The other attraction of the trail is the "V Cut", a channel cut through the hill to allow the road to pass through.

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This page was last updated on 2 March 2023

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