Thudugala Ella waterfall

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The Thudugala Ella
Another view of the waterfall ....JPG
Location Dodangoda, Sri Lanka
Type Cascade
Total height 8 m (26 ft)
A view of the waterfall at top ... A view of the waterfall at top ....JPG
A view of the waterfall at top ...
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A view of the waterfall at down ....
A bathing place ... A bathing place ....JPG
A bathing place ...
The old bungalow near the waterfall ... Old bungalow at the waterfall....JPG
The old bungalow near the waterfall ...

The Thudugala Ella (Sinhala: තුඩුගල ඇල්ල) waterfall is located in Thudugala village in Dodangoda Divisional Secretariat in Kalutara District of Western Province, Sri Lanka. Out of around 382 recorded waterfalls in Sri Lanka, the rank of this is 268th. [1]

Waterfall Place where water flows over a vertical drop in the course of a river

A waterfall is an area where water flows over a vertical drop or a series of steep drops in the course of a stream or river. Waterfalls also occur where meltwater drops over the edge of a tabular iceberg or ice shelf.

Dodangoda Divisional Secretariat is a Divisional Secretariat of Kalutara District, of Western Province, Sri Lanka.

Kalutara District Administrative District in Western, Sri Lanka

Kalutara District is one of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka, the second level administrative division of the country. The district is administered by a District Secretariat headed by a District Secretary appointed by the central government of Sri Lanka. The capital of the district is the town of Kalutara.



The fall, which has become a famous bathing place, [2] is situated in an estate once owned by a British and his wrecked country house can still be seen there. There is also a natural stream pool surrounded by “Ketala” plants and fern. In the nearby forest reserve, there are many beautiful migratory birds and local birds, e.g. “pale bellied flower pecker”, the smallest bird in the country. [3]

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Stream pool A stretch of a river or stream in which the water is relatively deep and slow moving

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Though shorter than other waterfalls in Sri Lanka such as the 263 metres (862.9 ft) high Bambarakanda Falls, the 8 metres (26.2 ft) high Thudugala Ella [4] has been listed as one of the most popular waterfalls in the country by Lanka Council on Water Falls (CLWF). [5]

Bambarakanda Falls waterfall

Bambarakanda Falls is the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka. With a height of 263 m (863 ft), it ranks as the 299th highest waterfall in the world. Situated in Kalupahana in the Badulla District, this waterfall is 5 km away from the A4 Highway. The waterfall was formed by Kuda Oya, which is a branch of the Walawe River. The Bambarakanda Falls can be found in a forest of pine trees.

Another fascination here is that a tunnel runs under the waterfall and comes out on top at one side of it.

Tunnel An underground passage made for traffic

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The route to the waterfall starts from Katukurunda Junction off the Galle Road; 5 miles (8.0 km) from there on Matugama Road to Thudugala junction and from there 8 miles (12.9 km) to the waterfall. [6]

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Matugama Place in Sri Lanka

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When travelling from Thudugala junction, you will come to another junction called "Ellagāwa (Near the waterfall) Junction" with a signboard of a rubber plantation so you can easily recognize it. From there, if you want to go to the waterfall and its natural bathing places, you will have to take the left road which runs over a small bridge nearby. The right road will lead you only to an artificial bathing place, which does not have a view of the natural beauty of the Thudugala Ella waterfall.

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Plantation long artificially established forest, farm or estate, where crops are grown for sale

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The site is slowly being developed as a tourist attraction.

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