Laxapana Falls

Laxapana Falls

Laxapana Falls, at 126m the seventh highest in Sri Lanka, are situated on the Maskeliya Oya. Whereas the water once flowed copiously, the construction of a dam has reduced the flow. Nevertheless, this waterfall is still a magnificent sight. The waters have to wend their way through big boulders before gushing over a ledge and falling down a sheer rock face set amidst tall trees. The traditional Sinhalese name for the Laxapana Falls is Veddah hiti Ella, or .The Falls Where the Veddah Lived.The modern name may be derived from the Sinhala lakshaya, which means "100,000". Alternatively, it may be derived from lakshana or beautiful. i.e. "beautiful stone". Travel the road from Maskeliya to Norton Bridge for 13km where a small road leads to Kottalenna, a settlement close to the waterfall, which can be seen at the bottom of the valley. A steep path leads down to the pool.

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