Warnagala Ella Falls (Sri Pada)

Warnagala Ella Falls

Warnagala Ella Falls (Sinhala: වර්ණගල ඇල්ල) is a picturesque waterfall situated in the Ratnapura District of Sri Lanka. Located in the woods near the Warnagala Ambalama, which is situated on the footpath running from Erathna to the sacred Sri Pada Mountain (Adam's Peak), this waterfall adds to the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.

The Falls

The falls are created by the Kuru Ganga River and are estimated to be more than 30 meters in height. The Sinhala name "Warnagala" translates to "coloured rock," and it is believed that the name reflects the different hues and shades visible in the rocks surrounding the waterfall. The diverse colours contribute to the unique and enchanting atmosphere of the site.

It's important to note that Warnagala Ella Falls is not suitable for bathing or swimming, and caution is advised, especially during the rainy season. The water levels in the basin can rise rapidly, making it potentially unsafe for visitors. As with many natural sites, respecting safety guidelines ensures a secure and enjoyable experience for those exploring the area.

For those trekking along the footpath from Erathna to Sri Pada Mountain, Warnagala Ella Falls offers a refreshing stop amidst the lush woods, providing a serene and natural setting for travellers. The waterfall, with its natural beauty and the surrounding forested environment, adds to the allure of the Ratnapura District, known for its rich landscapes and cultural significance.


#) LankaPradeepa.com extends its gratitude to Lalith Kekulthotuwage for providing the necessary photographs required for this article. All the photos are published here with the permission of the author.

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This page was last updated on 11 November 2023
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