Lakshapana Waterfall is one of the top 10 highest waterfalls in Sri Lanka. It is the 8th highest waterfall in the country, with a height of 126m. This is further considered the 625th tallest waterfall in the world. Norton-Bridge is the nearest town to the place, which belongs to the Nuwara Eliya district.
The Lakshapana Waterfall is fed by the Maskeliya Oya, which is a tributary of the Kelani River. Both Maskeliya Oya and Kehelgamuwa Oya join together in the latter parts to form the famous Kelani River. If you need to visit Lakshapana Ella via Colombo, you will need to drive about 117km. Kiriwan Oya is the village where you should stay, and the location can be easily found with Google Maps. Most people visit this place during their trip to Sri Pada.
The waterfall is absolutely beautiful to watch. You can go either to the top or the bottom of the waterfall. But you should view it from the bottom to see its actual beauty. You can take enough photographs from different angles. Don’t try to bathe in the front pool; it’s extremely dangerous. As well, you must be careful when you are trying to go on top of the fall.
The elevation of the place is 660m above sea level, and the surrounding areas receive around 5000mm of annual rainfall. The May–September period is heavy in rainfall, and the November–February time period is the dry season for the entire area. Seven Virgin Mountain is another popular place that is not far from here.
People believe Lord Buddha visited Lakshapana Waterfall during his visit to the Sri Pada Mountain. Budhdha has mended his saffron robe here. There are some folks and tales around the name of ‘Lakshapana’.
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