Thudugala Falls is a natural beauty in Kalutara District not too far away from Kalutara city, which would take your breath away from one glance. This fall is the closest waterfall to the sea and Kalu River and ranked in the 262 out of 382 waterfalls based on height. One could easily access the waterfalls from Colombo and Bentota areas. However, this waterfall though situated close to one of the commercial busiest cities in Sri Lanka offers a tranquil and beautiful scenic view to its visitors, which is perfect for those who are looking for a get away from the fast and busy life.
How to get there?
Kalutara ➡ (Galle Rd) ➡ Katukurunda ➡ Nagoda ➡ (Kalutara – Matugama Rd) ➡Thudugala Junction ➡ (Thudugala Rd) ➡ Thudugala Falls (14.7 Km) [ Google Maps Directions ]
Colombo ➡ Kottawa ➡ Entry to the Highway (Makumbura) ➡ Dodangoda Exit ➡(Matugama – Kalutara road) ➡ (Javigoda Rd) ➡ (Thudugala Rd) ➡ Thudugala Falls (62 Km) [ Google Maps Directions ]
The Waterfalls has two entrances, one from the bottom and one from the top adjacent to a restaurant. It is strongly recommended to use the entrance towards the bottom of the waterfalls and the base pool near the restaurant is somewhat muddy and crowded with many local and foreign tourists.
There is a direct road leading towards the lower entrance of the waterfall. However, one could only access half-way by a vehicle (nothing more than a car or van) and the rest of the journey should be continued through a footpath. The footpath is laid through a rubber estate, and an abandoned guest house, a walk through this path would give a person of being lost in the wilderness. However, often people get directions to enter from the higher entrance, which gives access to the base pool by the restaurant. In such situations, it’s advised to get the correct direction from the locals and have a small but adventurous hike uphill towards the upper entrance of the falls.
It’s best that if you could go during a weekday as this place gets crowded during the holidays and weekends, also as it would attract the drunken crowd.
The featured photo by Chamith Leonard Photography. Do not reuse without permission