Rathna Ella Waterfall in Beautiful Hasalaka Village

Rathna Ella is one the famous waterfall in the Sri Lankan waterfall directory. It is considered as a 9th highest waterfall on the island with 111m. This fall is situated in the Minipe Divisional Secretariat area in the Kandy district. Hasalaka is the nearest town to the waterfall.

 

How to reach there?

Distance to waterfall from Kandy is about 72km. It takes 2.5 hours to reach. However, the distance from Colombo is about 189km. That takes nearly 6 hours to reach the destination. If you travel from Ampara, Badulla, Monaragala, Polonnaruwa or any other eastern part of the country, you can simply first reach to Mahiyangana town and then you can end up Rathna Ella very easily with 10km distance. Busses are available to the Hasalaka town from Kandy direction and Mahiyangana direction.

You need to turn your vehicle into Eldamporuwa route within the Hasalaka Town. After few meters along there, you need to park your vehicle. From the park, you have to trek to the forest.

 

Rathna Ella Village and Surrounded Beauty

The trek to the forest consist with clear footpath with some narrow areas. The surrounded village also called as ‘Rathna Ella Village”. Most of the people are doing paddy cultivation as their occupation. During the trek, you will see wild animals, small canals, paddy fields and narrow bridges. It is somewhat tired. Ideal for nature lovers. But you will forget all the difficulties after reach the destination.

There are some sign boards from the above mentioned park and it’s not difficult to find the trek to the waterfall. If you feel any difficulty, you can get a support from village people. During the trek, you will meet another small waterfall called ‘Kaluwa Watunu Ella’. It’ about 15m from height and looks very attractive.

 

Beautiful Rathna Ella Waterfall

Rathna Ella is formed by Hasalaka Oya. It is then joined to Mahaveli River. The waterfall is absolutely beautiful and attractive. It is fairly wider than other waterfalls in the country. You can reach near the waterfall. But don’t try to bath in the pool. It is extremely dangerous.

However, the surrounded rocky area near the pool is great to capture some photographs. You can wait there and enjoy the beauty of the waterfall. Some people try to reach the upper part of the fall. But it’s another dangerous activity that you should not to try. Rainy periods give additional beauty to the waterfall with large amount of water. But don’t try this destination in the rainy season.

 

Final Words

Rathna Ella is a nice place to travel with your friends and Families. But don’t pollute the water of Hasalaka Oya because people use these water for drinking and other cultivation activities. If you bring polythene, plastics or any other garbage, please bring back them. As well as don’t disturb to the wild animals during your trek to the waterfall.

Ideal time period to travel here is February to May. Please bring leech protections in the rainy days. You can bath safely in the down parts of the waterfall. But don’t try to bath near the fall.

 

(Cover Image Source: TripRadar Sri Lanka)

 

 

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