‘Olu’ in Sinhala refers to Lotus flower, and Olu Ella resembles white colored Olu flower due to multiple falls, in fact about four segments, of Olu Ella which looks like the petals of the flower. This magnificent waterfall is located in Yatiyantota town of Kegalle district, Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka. Olu Ella is nicknamed as the ‘Sri Lankan Niagara’. This waterfall originates from Wee Oya, Baranawa Mountain (stands 1200 meters above the sea level), flows from the height of 127 meters (with 18 meters width), then connects to Welihel Oya in the Parusella area and then to the Kelani River. This is a huge waterfall considered to be the tallest in the Kegalle district, 5th tallest in Sri Lanka and the highest waterfall connecting to the Kelani River. Olu Ella is said to be a waterfall that never dries up even during the worst drought conditions.
Olu Ella gives a beautiful view to the travelers standing on the ancient wooden bridge that lies across the Wee Oya. The waterfall flows on either sides of the bridge and you would imagine the excitement this nature would create within you. The ancient bridge is considered as the oldest wooden bridge that is still being used in Sri Lanka. This bridge leads to Seepoth and it is said it was built during the British colonial era to transport tea leaves.
From Kandy you should take the Colombo – Kandy Road up to Yatiyanthota, passing Kadugannawa, Ussapitiya, Hettimulla, Bulathkohupitiya and Karawanella. Then, turn left at Pelampitiya Road and go down to find Olu Ella. The wooden bridge in the road is the clear landmark.
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