Diyaluma Falls is Sri Lanka’s second-highest waterfall but is possibly the country’s most picturesque one. Diyaluma roughly translates to “rapid flow of water” or “liquid light” and this name is said to have been derived from ancient folklore. Hike to the summit of this three-tiered horse’s tail to enjoy breathtaking views and an icy cold dip in a natural infinity pool!
According to Legend
It is believed that a chief’s son was banished from his home, along with his betrothed. In order to escape the disapproval from the families, the couple scaled the face of the cliff. However, the girl tragically slipped and fell to her demise. The Gods took pity on the young woman’s death and immediately rushed water over the cliff to wash away any evidence of the tragedy, cleansing the rock.
Despite the heartbreaking story behind the waterfall, it is a must-visit on your trip to Ella. Diyaluma waterfall is a cascading beauty that’s located an hour away from the town. Trek through thick, overgrown shrubs and rugged terrain until you reach the summit. The large rocks form tiny natural infinity pools that are perfect to refresh yourself after a long hike.
Do keep in mind that swimming in these natural pools can be dangerous, especially around monsoon season – which falls between September to mid-December. Always check with the locals if you’re not too sure on the safety.