St Clair's Falls, Nuwara Eliya

#4 of 12 in Nature in Nuwara Eliya
Waterfall · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
St. Clair's Falls (Sinhala: සාන්ත ක්ලෙයාර් ඇල්ල) is one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka and is commonly known as the "Little Niagara of Sri Lanka". It is one of six waterfalls affected by the Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project.

The falls are situated 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) west of the town of Talawakele on the Hatton-Talawakele Highway in Nuwara Eliya District.
The falls are located along the Kotmale Oya, a tributary of the Mahaweli River, as it cascades over three rock outcrops into a large pool, running through a tea estate, from which the falls derive their name from. The waterfalls consist of two falls called "Maha Ella" (Sinhalese "The Greater Fall"), which is 80 metres (260 ft) high and 50 metres (160 ft) wide and "Kuda Ella", (Sinhalese "The Lesser Fall"), which is 50 metres (160 ft) high and located immediately downstream of the main fall. St Clair's falls are the 20th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka.
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  • Anybody who heading to Nuwara Eliya through Hatton-Thalawakele rout may see this mind blowing waterfall which offers an amazing view along with a range of mountains and valleys. This is one of the...  more »
  • View is good when there is a good flow of water on the river. The scenery around is breathtaking. Can be viewed from the main road.  more »
  • The waterfall makes a wonderful landscape. Lush green around. So soothing.
  • In 1988 I was at St Patrick's Church Thalawakelle for few months.I walk from there to embrace the beauty of the amazing waterfall.Twin and wide, located alone (really no lonely the Devon falls is near by)among tea estates.Now a days falls goes to sleep at night to save water to Upper Kotmale Hydro Power Project.

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