St Clair’s Waterfall in Thalawakele

St Clair Waterfall also called ‘St. Clair Falls’ is a very awesome waterfall located in the Thalawakele area in Sri Lanka. It is considered as one of the widest waterfalls in the island. Some people call this as ‘Little Nayagara of Sri Lanka’. This is actually an iconic waterfall that elaborates the beauty of the Sri Lanka to the World.



St Clair’s waterfall is located in the Western side of the Thalawakele town in the Nuwara Eliya District. You can observe this beautiful waterfall during your travel via Hatton – Nuwara Eliya main road. Distance to the waterfall from Kandy is about 71km and from Colombo is about 145km. Those who start their travel from Kandy, they can first come to the Nawalapitiya and then select Kotmale road to reach here. Travelers who start their journey from Colombo, they can come here via Hatton town. Distance between Nuwara Eliya City and St Clair’s waterfall is about 26km. If you travel here by train, you need to come drop out in the Talawakele railway station. It’s not difficult to find this place for anyone.


St Clair’s Waterfall

This is actually a nice waterfall to watch. It’s so beautiful. There is a separate place to watch the waterfall from the road. You can park your vehicles and enjoy the marvels of the picture. St Clair fall is considered as the 20th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. It consists two drops. The upper part is called ‘Maha Ella’ with 80m height. The bottom part called ‘Kuda Ella’ with 50m height. Finally the water drops into a larger pool that you cannot reach easily. It’s difficult to reach near the waterfall and you need to walk through a ‘Mana’ forest. St Clair’s Waterfall is formed by Kotmale Oya. It’s a main branch of a Mahaweli River. Elevation of the fall is 1076m.


Other Facts about St Clair Waterfall

Waterfall recorded a significant amount of water loss due to the effect of the Upper Kotmale Power Plant. The power station is situated near the Talawakele town and has formed by making a dam across Kotmale Oya.


St.Clairs Tea Estate

The waterfall and its surrounded tea estates manage by the St Clair Tea Estate. The estate was established in 1870’s by the British Empire. You can enjoy the taste of an estate tea cup in the St Clair Tea Center that situated near to the waterfall.

Devon Falls is another beautiful waterfall that you can observe in the Hatton – Nuwara Eliya Road next to St Clair Waterfall.


(Cover Image Source: Travel Diaries Sri Lanka)



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