Handun Ella

Handun Ella

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About Handun Ella:

Handun Ella is one of the lesser known beautiful waterfalls in Sri Lanka. Visiting this waterfall gives an adventurous experience as Handun Ella is located within the jungles near Kitulgala, Kegalle district, Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka. Due to difficulties in reaching closer to the waterfall, it is less visited by travelers and remains undisturbed and unpolluted. ‘Handun’ trees in Sinhala refers to Sandalwood trees, which is an expensive aromatic wood traditionally known to have lots of health benefits. Handun Ella is surrounded by dense sandalwood forest planted many centuries ago, so as the waterfall got its name. Even the water from Handun Ella slightly gives the sweet scent of sandalwood. The waterfall is of about 30 meters in height, artfully cascades down, divides into two segments and joins with Kelani River.
To get closer to the waterfall, travelers need to hike about 2 km through harsh terrain. January to March is the best period to visit Handun Ella, when the rainfall is less in the area to avoid slippery path. The trek is known to have leeches and repellants; therefore, hikers need to be cautious and prepared with appropriate footwear.

How to reach the Destination:

Kitulgala is the nearest town, and the traveler should take the minor road through Kitulgala and about 1 km from Ginikiritha Reservoir Bridge. The Handun Ella is situated at a rubber plantation. Since it is considered as bit adventurous, it is best to seek the assistance of a local guide.
The waterfall could be reached via Colombo –> (Hatton Road) –> Kithulgala –> Batukiththa Junction –> Mahabage Road (8km) –> Near G.S. Office

References:

Handun Ella (Waterfall) | Lakdasun – Images of Sri Lanka
Handun Ella Falls | AmazingLanka.com
Handun Ella | Attractions in Kitulgala | Love Sri Lanka

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