Bambarakanda Falls


Amongst the majestic mountains of Kalupahana in the Central Highlands; leaps the beautiful horsetail waterfall of Bambarakanda Ella. A Horsetail Fall descends a very nearly vertical rock face, maintaining some contact with it. As the tallest falls in the island, Bambarakanda has a vertical height of 263m (863 feet); and is ranked 299th amongst the tallest waterfalls of the world. Situated in the steep pine forested slopes of Badulla District, a mere 5m from the A4 highway; Bambarakanda originates from Kuda Oya, a branch of the Walawe River. The area is a great spot for photography and picnics. There is a natural pool complex at the base of the falls; where you can also bathe before your meal, if you decide on a picnic.

Bambarakanda has a trail available for interested hikers to climb to the top of the falls. The crest has a beautiful miniature waterfall and a large pool which feeds the main falls. The uninterrupted views of the eastern plains also provide for some wonderful photo opportunities. The best time to visit Bambarakanda Ella is between the months of March through May; as this is the period of time when there is best flow of water. June to September tends to be a dry season in the area; and the falls get much less water. The months between Novembers to February tend to have heavy rains; making it difficult to get close enough for viewing.