Waterfalls in Sri
Bo Ella : Kegalle
Bo Ella is said to be a waterfall supplied by the Ma Oya. The Ma Oya
starting at Avupiniella is supposed to be the only river in Sri Lanka
that does not connect to any other river flowing directly to sea meeting
it at Negombo. According to folklore it is said that if one were to tie
a stone on to a string and lower it into the water it will never hit the
Stories also claim that there is a hidden underwater cave under the
waterfall which can be used to hide in. There is a section which has
become like a little reservoir owing to the tiny gap between which the
water has to flow to go downstream.
Having its humble beginnings in Wewiyathalawa where the local TV
station ITN has its tower erected, this is a picturesque waterfall that
according folklore has never run dry even in the most unforgiving
drought. They say that this waterfall derives its name from the likeness
it bears to the white Olu flower because it's multiple falls look like
the milk white petals of an Olu flower.
There are two hydro power stations that draw power from the water
churning in the Olu Ella and the water from this fall also helps
irrigate the surrounding villages. According to villagers during the
rainy season the waterfall gets so engorged with water that they have to
cross the bridge made of wooden beams with caution as the fine spray
created by the fall creates a total whiteout of the road ahead.
The villagers also say that you get drenched if you try to cross the
bridge on foot during the rainy season.
This waterfall joins up with the Wee Oya(river). The villagers also
said that once the wooden beams on the bridge had got washed away as the
waterfall had been that strong. Through natural circumstances a huge
rock slab has got embedded between the bridge and the fall which acts as
a natural barrier to break the fall of the water, today this acts as a
natural failsafe to protect the bridge if the waterfall becomes too
Directions and location
To get to Olu Ella you must find the 16th milepost via Yatiyanthota
in Pellumpola. The bridge in front of the fall is located just passing
the 16th km post on B482 route.