Diyaluma Falls is 220 meters high and is the second tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka. It is located right next to the road so you can admire the beauty of this waterfall easily. But for the real adventurers there is the possibility to hike up to the upper waterfall so you’ll have an amazing view over the surrounded hills. Because the waterfall has different levels and pools you can take a dip to cool off after the hike. It is definitely some of the must visit waterfalls in Sri Lanka. Together with visiting the Nine Arch Bridge a visit to the Diyaluma Falls can’t miss while spending time in Ella. Read further to find everything you need to know about the Diyaluma Falls!
Best tours in and around Ella
If you’re planning to explore the best of what Ella has to offer, then these are the best guided tours. All of these tours include air conditioned transport with hotel pick up and drop off, certified guides and sometimes also lunch and the entrance fees. You can reserve now and pay later, with cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
- Ella Rock & 9 Arch Bridge, Little Adams Peak with transfer. Take a guided hike to the famous Ella Rock, 9 Arches Bridge, and Little Adam’s Peak. Hike through beautiful tea plantations and enjoy sweeping views of the island’s hill country on this private tour.
- 1-Hour Mega Zip Line Adventure in Ella. Get the adrenaline pumping with this 1 hour mega dual zip line at Flying Ravana located amidst the luscious green estates of Ella.
- Private guided sunrike hike Ella rock. Take an early morning hike up Ella Rock to meet the sunrise with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
- Diyaluma Falls Full-Day Tour with Lunch from Ella. Take a trip to Sri Lanka’s second-highest water fall and experience the natural beauty of Diyaluma falls, enjoying a small hike, lunch, and a refreshing dip in pristine waters along your journey.
- Safari to Udawalawe National Park from Ella. Enjoy an unforgettable safari tour at Udawalawe National Park, a sanctuary for many Sri Lankan wild animals. See the beautiful elephants and a diverse range of species with the assistance of an expert guide.
- 2 day tour to a Tea factory in Nuwara Eliya, Ramboda falls, Horton Plains and more. Visit the scenic hill country, surrounded by the evergreen valleys and tea estates. Witness the beautiful Ramboda waterfall and Horton Plains National Park.
- Ella & Little Adam’s Peak All-Inclusive Tour. Discover the mountain village and stunning scenery on a full day hiking tour to Ella. Experience Ella Gap from the top of both Ella Rock and Little Adams Peak and visit 9 Arch Bridge, one of the iconic bridges in Sri Lanka.
- Tuk-Tuk Safari Day Trip and Tea Fields Hike with Lunch from Ella. Drive through the Sir Lankan countryside on a tuk-tuk safari on this day trip from Ella. Take a guided hike on a tea plantation and stop for a picnic lunch before visiting the Dambatenne Tea Factory.
- Haputale: Tea Plantation, Safari, & Lipton’s Seat Day Tour. Discover Sri Lanka’s historic tea plantations and imagine life as a tea farmer, on this tour of the most prominent sites in Haputala and Kandy. Ride a trusty tuk-tuk rickshaw through the well-kept farms and wild mountainsides.
- Ella: Lipton’s Seat tour with Dambetanna Tea Factory visit. Enjoy the panoramic views of Lipton’s Seat in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Enjoy a Sri Lankan lunch before you wander through tea plantations and see the full process of tea making at the Dambetanna tea factory.
How to get to Diyaluma Falls Sri Lanka
The Diyaluma Falls is an hour drive from Ella, so it’s a perfect day trip and a must add to your Ella things to do list. The waterfall is located a little bit outside of Koslanda town. If you only want to see the waterfall from the bottom, you can set your Google Maps on Diyaluma Falls and you will get there. Just take into account that the last part of the road is uphill and isn’t in the best condition. Make sure you have a good reliable scooter if you go by yourself. Or grab a tuktuk who will bring you there.
But there is also an option to visit the falls from the top. You can either reach the upper Diyaluma falls via a two hour hike from the bottom, or drive to the upper level and hike the last bit. Read in the paragraph about hiking to the top of the Diyaluma Falls how you get to the starting point of the hike.
What to expect at Diyaluma Falls Sri Lanka
The Diyaluma waterfall is super impressive when you see it from the bottom. Especially when there is enough water flowing down. Being the second tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka and so easy to access is something special. At the bottom of the waterfall isn’t much to do except some local shacks where you can order some food, drinks and have a rest. There might be some monkeys around as well, so be careful with your stuff!
The most adventurous part of this waterfall however, is to hike to the top. There you can take in the incredible view, swim in the natural pools and chat with the locals. Read in the next paragraph how to get to the upper Diyaluma Falls.
Hike to the upper Diyaluma Falls
Diyaluma waterfall is home to epic views from the upper level and some of the best natural infinity pools in the world! But to get there, you have to hike for around 40 minutes.
You have to get to the Makaldenya Junction on Poonagala Road, which is above the Diyaluma waterfall. From there, you have to hike the hill to arrive at the Diyaluma Upper Falls which you’ll reach after 30 minutes. The hike is almost entirely downhill and will lead you through long grass. Once you’ve arrived after the 30 minute hike, you will see a series of pools cascading towards the edge of the cliff.
When the stream of water finally reaches the edge, they fall into one final pool before crashing 220 meter down along the rocks into the pool far below. It’s impressive that nature created this waterpark! You can swim, chill or dive into these pools and explore the lower falls of this part of Diyaluma. But always check if the pools are deep enough to jump into and if the current is not too strong!
Diyaluma Falls is the 2nd tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka but it’s hard to get a good perspective from this vantage point. But if you have a drone you can take some cool shots here while standing on top of the waterfall!
Best time to visit Diyaluma Falls Sri Lanka
Always make sure to check the weather forecast before you head on an adventure. The weather can change very quickly in Sri Lanka. Especially if you want to do the hike to the top of the waterfall, you need to be sure that is stays dry. Also, if you want to swim in the pools at the top, make sure that the current isn’t too strong. The wettest months in Sri Lanka are October until December, so if you’re visiting in these months, only hike to the top on a sunny, dry day. Overall, the best time to go to the Diyaluma Falls is in the early morning. You will beat the heat and the crowds. And for photography you’ll have the best circumstances considering the light!
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