Bopath Falls, Ella Overview

Bopath falls is located in Rathnapura district of Sri Lanka. The district by itself stands at an elevation of 130m. Water gushes forth from a mountain cliff, whose crevices appear so minute, it makes one wonder how the water flows at that velocity.

Yet again nature surprises us and gives birth to the marvel that is the Bopath falls. The Bopath falls in Rathnapura is an absolute treat to the eyes. The falls derives its name from the fig tree or the sacred “bo tree”. The falls are shaped like the leaves of the Bo tree and hence the title. The Bo tree since early ages was a sign of wisdom, counsel, knowledge understanding and enlightenment; a visit to the Bopath is nothing short of this experience.

The waters fall steeply at certain cuts and gradients, and then flows back again. The serenity of the falls is topped with the winds that strike at early dawn and the evenings. Water splashes out of the pool and onto the rocks, if you’re there it will shower you too. Bliss is guaranteed in Bopath! Legend has it that the Bopath falls hides a treasure trove which intensifies the eeriness of this place. The lush green climbers and creepers along the falls and the vast area surrounding trickling waters are ideal for a swim. The cold waters tickle the ribs making for a fun time with nature.

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Best Time to Visit Bopath Falls

The Bopath falls bestowed with a pleasant climate throughout the year. Nature is on its best behaviour as the dewy clouds, and stormy skies will set the mood right instantly. October to November sees a wet climate touched upon by rains and chilly mornings. While December to March has tourists pouring in since Christmas and New Year is a beautifully celebrated here. November to April is a right combination of the wet, dry and cold months. It presents the goodness of every weather in one and is a delightful time to welcome fauna and flora.

Tips to Visit Bopath Falls

  • Wear comfortable shoes as there is a mild trek to reach Bopath falls.
  • All vehicles will stop at a distance, followed by a 2 km trek to Bopath.
  • Take the guidance of the locals to get to the falls as the route after a certain point can get confusing.
  • Carry necessary hydration and wear clothes that cover your legs as the area is prone to insects.

How To Reach Bopath Falls

Bopath is a 3-hour drive from Colombo city. A ride on the Colombo – Rathnapura highway, followed by a trail on the Higasthenna junction will leave you on a jungle road covered with a variety of fauna and flora. Further travel on the Agalawatte road to reach Devipahala village. A few metres away lies the Bopath falls. The sound of the gushing water will call you from a distance; there is no way one would miss Bopath.

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