Lover’s Leap Waterfall
Lover’s Leap Waterfall is approximately 50 minutes from Hatton and should definitely be one of the places to visit when you’re here.
A Tragic Story
As its name suggests, the story behind this cascade’s name is rather tragic, however, this story has been passed down through so many generations that it got a life on its own and now it’s more myth than reality! It is said that there were two lover’s whose families did not approve of their union, to ensure everlasting love, they came to this waterfall and lept hand-in-hand to their deaths. This haunting story is ingrained in the local culture, so much so that some locals still refuse to walk past the waterfall after sunset, claiming that the ghosts of the two lovers haunt the region…
Why You Should Visit
Despite this oddly Shakespearean tragedy, Lover’s Leap Waterfall and the trail to get there is quite beautiful. The waterfall is situated on the outskirts of Nuwara Eliya town, which is a small town dotted with colonial buildings, and right opposite the Pedro Tea Estate. The best thing to do is get dropped off at the main road and then hike to the fall. Although uphill, the hike is not too strenuous and it is more of a leisurely hour-long walk. If you’re travelling as a group you may like to rent some bicycles and cycle to the cascade, which is another great option. On your hike, you will pass through manicured tea gardens and small cottages which are nestled in between the surrounding shrubbery, till you finally reach Lover’s Leap Waterfall. There is a magnificent view from the top of the fall where you will see Nuwara Eliya town surrounded by green vegetation, and there are large boulders which make it an excellent location for a picnic.