Dunhinda Falls also called ‘Dunhinda Ella” is a very famous waterfall located in the Badulla District of Sri Lanka. It is also considered as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. It received the name of ‘Dunhinda’ due to its spreading water drops. Height of the waterfall is 63m (210ft). It is formed by river ‘Badulu Oya’.
Dunhinda Falls Location
You can reach the destination by passing 6km from Badulla town. Distance from Colombo is 243km and from Kandy is 110km. Public transports are available from Badulla. Anyway, you can come Dunhinda falls waterfall by your own vehicle. There is a nice car park before the entrance.
You should buy a ticket at the entrance. Now, you need to walk about 1km to reach the waterfall. During your trek you will meet numerous vendors and shops. You can rest on some of those shops to get some refreshments. Walking a few meters from the entrance, you will see another small little waterfall called ‘Kuda Dunhinda’.
You need to be careful from the Monkeys on your trek. The narrow footpath is consist with bridges, stones and downward slopes. You will feel tired. But all the difficulties will be disappeared after you reach to the waterfall.
Other Facts about the Waterfall
There is a huge stage in front of the Dunhinda falls. It contains nice wall and sitting area to enjoy the beauty. It’s a great place to get some memorable photographs.
You can drop from the stage and go near to the pool of the waterfall. But this is a dangerous activity in the rainy days. During the dry periods, you can go near to the pool and get some zoomed image of the fall. Some people try to cross the Badulu Oya and reach the other side of the Badulu Oya. It’s another activity that you should not try to do.
You cannot bath near the Dunhinda Ella. But you can bath in the later parts of the flowing ‘Badulu Oya’. Ideal time period to visit there is May – August.
Our Experience in the Dunhinda Falls
We were first visited there in the 2013 August. It was a family trip and a group of 10 people joins together. We were only reached to the stage and enjoy the waterfall by getting some beautiful photos. Our second experience was 2016 November month. Four of our friends joined for the trip. It was a sudden visit during travel to the Badulla from Kandy.
We saw some people has destroyed the entire footpath from throwing rubbish and polythene. We apologize from all the travelers to don’t destroy the waterfall and its surrounded environment from the Plastic and Polythene.
Other Traveling Destinations near the Dunhinda Falls
- Narangala Mountain
- Namunukula Mountain
- Madolsima Mini World End
- Bogoda Bridge
- Ella Rock
(Dunhinda Ella Cover Image by: KG Clicks)