There are about 200 waterfalls in Sri Lanka, most of them not known to tourists. Dumbara Ella, meaning “Misty Falls” is the name of not only one scarcely known water fall bit of two completely different ones, though both Dumbara Falls are 20 metres in height.
The Dumbara Falls belonging to the Dumbara Estate are situated at the border of Ratnapura District and Kalutara District, not far from the Kalu Ganga river and just south of the A8 main road from Ratnapura to Panadura. The Kalu Ganga must be crossed on a wooden bridge. From the Dumbara Estate’s office it is about 3 km more uphill along a stream. These Dumbara Falls are divided into two sections, the main water fall has three cascades, while the full-height waterfall has less water. The surrounding is lush green.
The surrounding of Sri Lanka’s other Dumbara Fall is amazingly rocky. It is not divided and without cascades. There is a large pool and a rock shelter at the bottom of this second Dumbara Ella. The pools at this Dumbara fall are of some zoological importance, because several species of fish and freshwater shrimps occur here. This Dumbara Fall belonging to the Dumbara Mountain area (better known as Knuckles Range) is situated in Matale District in central Sri Lanka, close to the border of the Kandy District. The location is near the B38 road from Matale to Hettipola. This is the road used by visitors of the Riverston cloud forest. The village closest to Dumbara Falls is Ilukkumbura, 10 km behind Riverston. The area is called Dumbara Forest. Simple accommodation is available halfway to Riverston, the guesthouse is called Dumbara Vana Nivahana.
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