Manna Kathi Ella Falls | Waterfall of Knives and Sickles

Manna Kathi Ella Falls, also spelt Mannakethi Ella Falls (Sinhala: මන්නකැති ඇල්ල), is a waterfall situated on the western slope of Unulugala near Kitulgala village in Ratnapura District, Sri Lanka. The 60 m (196.85 ft.) high fall originates from the Girankitte Oya, a tributary of the Kelani Ganga River which flows into the Indian Ocean at Kelaniya, north of Colombo (Kautzsch, 1983).
The name of the fall "Manna Kathi Ella" in Sinhala means the "Fall of Knives and Sickles". It is said that the villagers went to this place to wash their tools (Kautzsch, 1983). Presently, the site has become a popular destination for adventure sports.

According to Kautzsch, this fall may have originally been about 100 m high but with the passage of time, the height has decreased (Kautzsch, 1983). The watermarks at the cascade indicate the retreat of the falling streams (Kautzsch, 1983).

1) Kautzsch, E., 1983. A guide to the waterfalls of Sri Lanka: Tisara Prakasakayo. pp.61-62.
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This page was last updated on 4 August 2023
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