Let Nature Put on a Show
The natural beauty of Sri Lanka will take your breath away. With a vast network of National Parks and Sanctuaries, waterfalls and lakes, take a tour of Sri Lanka’s lush natural offerings.
Waterfalls of Sri Lanka
A list of some of the most popular waterfalls in Sri Lanka
- Hunas Falls
Get lost in the forests of Hunas Falls (not literally, our FlyInStyle guide will always be with you), and enjoy the beauty around you. The waterfall derives its name from Hunasgiriya Peak, the forest covered mountain which overlooks the tranquil landscape.
- Dunhinda Falls (64m)
Five km north of Badulla, these falls put on a spectacular show in the months of June and July, and can be found after a trek of about 1.5km from the entrance gate. Snacks can be bought along the way, and public transportation can be used to get there.
- Bambarakanda Falls (263m)
The highest waterfall in Sri Lanka, it is ranked the 299th tallest waterfall in the world. Lying in the badulla district, it is found amidst an evergreen forest in the Kalupahana Area. Although not a very wide waterfall, it’s still a sight to behold.
- Diyaluma Falls (220m)
The third-heighest waterfall in Sri Lanka, this is located about 5km away from Koslanda, and is a thick cascade during the rainy season.
- Devon Falls (97m)
Devon Falls is one of the most popular waterfall in the country especially due its clear view from the popular Hatton Nuwara Eliya Road. The best view is from Dimbula where a special viewpoint is located with parking facilities. On the other side of the road is the famous Mlesna Tea Center where you could have a fresh cup of tea.
- St. Clare’s (80m)
Most conveniently seen by the travelers on Hatton – Talawakelle Road, the twin waterfalls of St.Clairs cascades over three rock outcrops into a massive pool. The beautiful and most popular fall, located among tea gardens, carries a large volume of water, and is the widest waterfall in the country.
A designated bio diversity World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park in Sri Lanka. The hilly virgin rainforest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests ecoregion, was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988. The reserve's name translates as Kingdom of the Lion. The reserve is only 21 km (13 mi) from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km (4.3 mi) from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
Knuckles Mountain Range
Located in central Sri Lanka, north-east of the city of Kandy, the range takes its name from a series of recumbent folds and peaks in the west of the massif which resemble the Knuckles of clenched fist when viewed from certain locations in the Kandy District. The locals have traditionally referred to it as the Dumbara Kanduvetiya. There are 34 peaks in total, and there are many access routes and treks which can be organized.
The largest of the Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya (KDN) complex, this Man and Biosphere Reserve is located in the Galle district. It is an ideal place for a nice cool dip in the streams that run through, and is also an ideal place to spot birds, amphibians and reptiles, some of which are endemic to Sri Lanka.
Horton Plains National Park
Horton Plains is a unique natural attraction in Sri Lanka. It is located in the highest plateau of the country and it’s known for its beautiful landscapes and rare plant and animal life. The Horton plains is one of the most important catchment areas in Sri Lanka which acts as a giant sponge which store rain water and then feed several major rivers of the country throughout the year.
Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve
Ritigala is a majestic mountain range close to the city of Anuradhapura in the dry zone. It is 42km away from Anuradhapura, and is about 5 square kilometers in extent. It is also the highest elevation found between the Central Hills of Sri Lanka and the South Indian mountain ranges. The Ritigala Mountain also holds the ruins of an ancient monastery, and has what’s left of terrace ways, circular terraces, a stone bridge and remains of a giant stone banked pond built across a water stream. The place is of importance to both Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Find yourself immersed in these mystic surroundings, and take in the ancient ruins in the midst of a never changing landscape.
Situated at a high altitude in the Uva Province, Bandarawela has mild weather conditions throughout the year, and is a very popular vacation spot. It is hailed as having one of the healthiest climates in the world, and the British took an immediate liking to the town during colonial times. It is a picturesque town with many nature trails and hiking paths to please the senses, and the tea plantations and beds of flowers, along with the fresh vegetables that will come to your table every day, will leave you lasting memories of this beautiful location.
Accommodation in Bandarawela
This colonial style mountain resort is a haven in the hills, and has a long standing reputation of offering the best quality of service. It has tennis courts, badminton courts and a billiards room, as well as a fitness center for guests.
Dutch House Bandarawela
Dutch House Bandarawela is a private villa with its own indoor pool, free WiFi and self-catering facilities. Located in Bandarawela, it features a garden, stunning mountain views and exquisite furnishings.
Simpson’s Forest Trek
Simpson’s Forest is a small sub-montane forest patch in the Hunnasgiriya Mountain extending towards the Wattegama Elkaduwa road, located at an elevation of about 1300 m above msl. This triangular-shaped forest patch, which looks like a gallery forest, was protected as a watershed by a former planter named Simpson. This trail goes through a tea plantation interspersed with exotic plants such as Grevillea robusta, Erythrina spp, Eucalyptus spp., and a small forest patch of Albizia spp, Toona spp and many fern species. Simpson’s forest is a refuge for a variety of bird species including several endemics such as the Sri Lanka Hill Myna, Sri Lanka White Eye, Hanging Parrot, Yellow-fronted Barbet, as well as Sri Lanka Frogmouth and the Crested Treeswift, among others.