In Sri Lanka, there are few waterfalls by the same name, ‘Garandi Ella’. Gerandigini Falls, located in Nuwara-Eliya, Central Province of Sri Lanka, is also sometimes referred to as Garandi Ella. The word ‘garandi’ literally means snakes, and this waterfall is referred by this name resembling its shape where it divides into two and then meets again nearing the bottom.
Gerandigini Ella is a joined-up waterfall of several other falls in the Nuwara-Eliya district, including Ramboda falls. It is estimated Gerandigini Ella is about 100 meters in height; however, measuring together with other joining waterfalls, the total height is approximated as about 270 meters. Due to its height, the beauty of this waterfall can be even enjoyed from a considerable distance. The waterfall begins from Galaha Forest Reserve, passes Galbithiya and falls into Puna Oya River. Even at the place where this waterfall mixes with Puna Oya, another small fall measuring about 6 meters is created. One must definitely visit the location to watch the indescribable magnificent view of this taller waterfall. The closest village to this waterfall is Ramboda, and it has a tea estate. Gerandigini Ella is actually situated about 100 meters below the Ramboda tea estate, and can be even accessed through the tea estate or the footpaths of Ramboda village.
Gerandigini Falls is situated in Thawalanthenna on the Kandy – Nuwara Eliya main highway at the 50th kilometer milepost. From Ratnapura, you should take the Pelmadulla – Pathakade road to Samanalagama village and the waterfall is 3 km south.
Photo courtesy : Onal Karunaratne
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