Dunhinda Falls, Sri Lanka: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

Dunhinda Falls is a waterwall located about 5 km from Badulla town in Sri Lanka. It is a very famous waterfall of Sri Lanka. The waterfall is 64 m in heights and its name comes from the smoky dew drops spray. Dun in Sinhala means mist or smoke. The resource of the waterfall is the river called Badulu Oya which goes through the Badulla town. The waterfall is also enriched with Uma Oya, Hal Oya and small rivers from Bandarawela and Welimada areas. The best time to visit the waterfall from November to March. In order to reach the waterfall, walking more than 1 km is necessary along a foot path. Along this path, there is also another waterfall called Kuda Dunhinda. It is also possible to come across with native venders selling herbal drinks. During the trail, it is also possible to see wild birds, butterflies, monkeys, deers etc. At the end of the path, there is a secured stage built for viewers to see the waterfall. While enjoying the fall, it is not recommended to go closer to the fall or bathe because it is deep and full of slippery rocks and stones near the bottom of the fall. The waterfall has also a place in history. The area was once inhabited by indigenous people – the Veddha tribe. During the era of King Rahasinhe, a giant fern got stuck at the top of the fall and this caused flooding of Badulla town. In addition, according to a legend, there is an entrance to a sected 30 km long passageway hidden by the falls. Treasure of Prince Kumarasinghe of Uva lies hidden somewhere in the falls.