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Time Required : October to December

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Laxapana Falls, Nuwara Eliya Overview

Situated in the town of Hatton in Nuwara Eliya district, Laxapana Falls is the eighth highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. The falls is a cascade of silvery foam amid lush greenery that flows to form a fabulous natural pool at the bottom.

The picturesque waterfall tumbles down an enormous height of 413 feet, is formed by Maskeliya Oya, a major tributary of the Kelani river, which is the fourth-longest in the country. Two hydroelectric power stations, the Old Laxapana (the oldest in the country) and the New Laxapana Power Station is also nearby, and the falls are partly an energy source for the station.

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Things To Do At Laxapana Falls

Reach the Base of the Falls
While the view of the falls from above is stunning, make the descent towards the bottom to enjoy the falls in its entirety. The downward climb consists of more than 500 steps amid dense flora, and it ends with the sight of the stunning natural pool.

Unwind at the Top
One can take a dip in the water at the top of Laxapana Falls amid the spectacular vistas of the Seven Virgin Mountains in the vicinity. A separate set of steps can access the head of the falls. Although many visitors are often spotted swimming in the pool at the base, it is not recommended as the currents are rather strong here.

Folklore and Etymology Of Laxapana Falls

The origins of the name of the waterfall lie in the Sinhala words 'Laxa' and 'Pana'; 'Laxa' means hundred thousand and Pana translates to lamps. According to legend, Lord Buddha halted at the falls to patch up his saffron robes while on his way to Adam's Peak. The waterfall is also known as Veddah hiti Ella, which means 'The Falls where the Veddah dwelled'.

Best Time To Visit Laxapana Falls

The best time to visit Laxapana Falls is from October to December. The waterfalls appear magnificent during this time, as the rainfall in the area is at its highest.

Tips For Visiting Laxapana Falls

1.The ascent from the bottom of the falls is relatively exhausting, so remember to pack plenty of water and food for the hike.

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