PAREIYAN ELLA

Starting at Buttala Junction, visitors should travel around five kilometres along the B35 towards Badalkumbura. Visitors should then make a left turn onto the Old Gamsabha or ‘Village Council’ Road. Visitors should then follow this road for around three kilometres, sticking to the left hand, passing various pepper and rubber cultivations. Please ask for directions. There is a small house, which marks the Car Park.

From here, visitors should alight and follow the paved footpath leading towards the river below, that cuts through a small patch of forest. Having reached the water level, visitors can see plenty of rock formations with a river (Menik ganga) flowing through. Right in front of you will be a mini waterfall, but this is not the main attraction. This area is suitable for bathing, but always be careful.

Visitors should then turn left and make their way along the river bank and along the rock face. Next they will arrive at a place where the rock forms a long groove on either side with the river running symmetrically in the middle.

Colours of Nature

Take some time out here to observe the beautiful shades of the worn rock, with layer upon layer of brilliant colours and tones, mostly pink. This showcase of raw natural beauty is indeed wonderful. Visitors can also notice many fascinating craters, rock pools and shafts, that have been created by the elements over time. This spot is somewhat of a martian landscape, with plenty of strewn boulders, all surrounded by a tropical forest feeling.

Neary Thare

Visitors should then stick to the left hand side of the rock and follow it, descending down further, slowly. After a few moments, visitors will be partly able to see the majestic Pareiyan Ella (Pigeon Falls) from the side.

Having reached, visitors should then slowly descend further along the rock side to reach the shore. From here, visitors can then cut across to the central island area (be cautious) where a prominent view of the whole waterfall can be absorbed.

Pigeon Falls

For the curious, the shape of a pigeon’s facecan be made out, perhaps with eyes and a nose! The central ‘nose’ part, splits the flow of water into two separate cascades, making it a sight to behold. Do not bathe in the waterfall pool as it is very deep. Having enjoyed this waterfall, visitors can also visit the Menik ganga Dunhinda waterfall, that is located a further half a kilometre downstream from this place. When visiting this second waterfall, be careful as you walk along the rock side that canbe very slippery at times, given its dangerous rock surface. Visitors cannot reach the base point of this waterfall easily and should observe it from a side, aerial view only.

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