Sunday Observer Online


Sunday, 9 August 2015





Marriage Proposals
Government Gazette

Bopath Ella (Bo-leaf Falls)

Bopath Falls is one of the popular attractions which draws a large number of tourists due to its natural beauty. Bopath Ella is a natural wonder located close to Kuruwita in Ratnapura. The fall derives its name from its unique heart-shaped head which somewhat resembles the leaf of the sacred “Bo Leaf.” There is a belief that it is haunted and hides a treasure trove.

The water flows through a narrow gap in the rocks and then widens, forming the shape of a leaf of a “Bo” tree which is the Sinhala name for sacred fig (Ficus religiosa). “Path” means leaves of a tree and “Ella” means waterfall. Forests with a rich biodiversity surround the waterfall.

Bopath Ella is 30 metres (98 ft) high. It originates from Kuru Ganga, a tributary of the Kalu Ganga. Its mean rate of flow is six square metres (65 sq ft) per second. Its catchment area receives an average rainfall of 5,080 millimetres (200 inches) annually. Water from the falls is used for paddy cultivation. Bopath Ella is also the most comprehensively studied waterfall in the country.

There have been unsuccessful attempts to use the waterfall to generate hydroelectricity. The path leading to the waterfall is lined with a number of shops and stalls.

It is somewhat polluted because of this commercialisation. The waterfall was used for bathing by ancient rulers in the country when they visited the nearby Maha Saman Devale in Ratnapura. It is also believed that the deity Saman had appeared here.

There are several myths associated with Bopath Ella. One such belief is that a local village girl jumped into the waterfall and killed herself when her lover had abandoned her. He was a pilgrim from Colombo who had failed to come back to be with the pregnant girl.

The girl's ghost is said to haunt the waterfall and appears as a blue light. Another popular belief among the locals is that there is an ancient treasure trove hidden in the waterfall and that one thousand human sacrifices are needed to find it!

- Compiled by Husna Inayathullah


Daily News & Sunday Observer subscriptions
eMobile Adz

| News | Editorial | Finance | Features | Political | Security | Sports | Spectrum | World | Obituaries | Junior |


Produced by Lake House Copyright © 2015 The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd.

Comments and suggestions to : Web Editor