The Surathali falls has been named after a movie shoot that was done closer to this waterfall, and is quite popular among the locals. It is situated in Walhaputenna of Ratnapura District in the Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. This waterfall is about 60 meters in height, 2 meters wide and made up of 3 clusters. Unlike most of the other waterfalls, this one has a unique shape as it flows over an angle shaped rock. The Surathali falls originates from the Kadawath River created in Ellamana Mountain range located within Sri Pada Reserve. It flows through Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces and mixes with Weli River. There is also a wildlife sanctuary close by to this waterfall.
There are several folk stories connected with the Surathali falls. This waterfall touches several soil crystals and they are called as ‘Sita Devi Guli’. These soil crystals resemble the rice used to make Aggala and, it is said Sita Devi has made such sweets at this place, spilled some of them, and they still remain at these places. Another story says that two villagers saw gold plates glittering in a cave, while on a jungle trek. They decided to retrieve the treasure and ventured inside the cave but as soon as they were inside, the stone door of the cave shut, preventing them to escape from the place. They were allowed out only when they had acknowledged that the treasure belonged to King Walagamba.
The Surathali waterfall is 9.5 km away from Belihuloya and it takes about 15 minutes to reach the location. You should travel along the Colombo – Batticaloa Highway to reach the Surathali Ella Waterfall. This waterfall is located closer to the Colombo – Badulla main road (A4) and the upper part of it can be seen from the road.
Photo courtesy : Onal Karunaratne
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