Kurundu Oya Falls
Kurundu Oya waterfall is the second highest water fall of Sri Lanka which can be seen from few minitues walk from the Peace Pagoda Walapane. It is located close to Walapane town. It’s origin is Kurundu Oya. Kurundu Oya river feed water in to the Mahaweli River. As it is situated in a remote area it has lesser tourist attraction. Reaching to bases of Kurundu Oya cascades is somewhat difficult. Kurundu Oya water fall is the tallest waterfall of Nuwaraeliya district and tallest waterfall related to Mahawali River.
Kurundu Oya Falls starts from Kurundu River. The fall is high about 189m. This waterfall is very beautiful and very high. To access this water need to come Walapne and hike the Peace Pagoda Road about 2 Km. Piduruthalagala Mountain is much closed to Kurunduoya waterfalls. The waterfalls surrounded several tea plantations.
Harasbedda area is believed to be one site that king Rawana landed his Air-craft; the ‘Dandumonaraya’ (in about 2500 A.D.). The Ragala rock(peak), in the Darapanahela range is said to be named after king Rawana. (Rawana + aa+ gala = the rock Rawana used to come). Queen Seetha-devi is said to be have been kept hidden in this area. (by King RAWANA, in appx. 2500 A.D., as according to the Legendary Indian Epic Ramayana). Queen Seetha is said to have gone to the Manawela falls to bathe, (which is a few kilo-meters away from Sthree-pura), through a cave-way. Later, a provincial king named Manabarana is said to have used the water-fall, to bathe with his harem.
This waterfall located between Padiyapelalla and Walapane closer to the main road at Andathota area. It’s height is about 40m. It also acts as a seasonal waterfall and sometimes disappears during dry season.
The name Garandi Ella is used by locals. But literature says Okandagala Ella which starts from Okandagala Mountain. This is a cascade with 4-5 parts. To get a full view of this waterfall you have to travel from Padiyapelalla to Walapane. Just after passing Padiyapelalla town full view of this cascade can be captured.
Manawela Fall, 22m high, are situated on the Ho Oya at the extremity of the Uva basin. Legend states that the waterfall was created by the hermit-king Manawa (676 – 711 AD), who dammed the Ho Oya. So it was that the fall gained the name Manawela, which means “Waterway of Manawa”. It is said King Manawa undertook this task to protect his treasure, which he hid in the rock face of the falls, behind the veil of water. In the roar of the falling water, it is believed, can be heard the whisper nidhanaya mahi tiyanawa, “the treasure lies hidden”.
Travel from Nuwara Eliya via Uda Pussellawa to Napola-bokka. And then proceed 2km in the direction of Loonuwatta. The waterfall lies close to the parking place at a distance of 200m.