The 191 m high Diyaluma waterfall is the most known sight in this area. But only few visitors know about the top. It is a lonesome area with interesting flora and fauna. Wild elephants and monkeys live here. Colourful insects and birds can be observed. Crabs, frogs and fishes live in the stream. This second 30 m fall is just 250 m behind the second highest waterfall of Sri Lanka. There are some good pools to relax and swim after a 60-90 minutes hike. And best of all: No parking lots! No crouds! And no any polution!
Most visitors come from Wellawaya or Haputale by bus, 3-wheeler or van. Do you start from Haputale, you have to drive down the A16 Colombo road to Beragala (7 km SW). Turn left and follow the A4 next 18 km to Koslanda town. 3 km before the town you will pass an old land slide area. About 10 years ago a big hill came down and destroyed all the infrastructure. For some years friends and relatives lived on two sides and had to travel long dertours to visit each other. There was a cable car for goods and postal transport. Later they got a new road.
In the center of Koslanda is a junction with a big, old tree. The A4 to Wellawaya goes to the right, the Ponagala Road (to Bandarawela) turns left side up. Remember this junction if you like to drive to the top. But first follow the A4 to the viewpoint down under the waterfall. On this last 4 km you will pass the hospital, a police station and Little Smile Children Village, one of best NGO´s in Sri Lanka (visitors need a permission). The road makes a turn close under the waterfall. Vehicles stop both sides of the bridge. In the middle is a platform for visitors. Locals try to sell their souvenirs, food and ice cream. Crowds of monkeys are hunting for food. Visitors and locals use to swim under the waterfall. But this place is not as clean as on the top.
There are two ways to come to the top. One well known and mostly recommended way is by the rubber factory. Another way starts from the Ponagala Road via Koslanda. Beware, all area on top is elephant area. Watch out where you walk, keep distance and don´t disturb them.
Follow the A4 Wellawaya Road next 650 m to the east and turn left side up to the cart track. Follow this road about 1 km to the rubber factory. On the way are some houses to the right with a tap and refreshing water. Follow the road to the left. When you reach the old factory get few steps downstairs and walk counter clockwise around the building. From here you have to climb up 1 km to the top of the waterfall. Follow the path behind the factory, pass a little stream, get behind the farm houses and vegetable gardens and find the path to the top (N). When you reach the top, there is a junction with several ways. Sharp left side down (W) takes you to the top of the 191 m waterfall. Straight ahead (N) are two ways to the bottom and top of a 30 m waterfall. On the top are some natural swimming pools. The path to the right (E) takes you back to the Ponagala Road (5 km to Koslanda). Our suggestion, get down to the big waterfall, enjoy the view and follow the stream on it´s east side to the 30 m waterfall. When you reach tis fall find a rarely use path right hand up to the top. Watch out for some green bushes and trees with big brown cocons made by ants.
Ponagala Road (3.6 km)
Drive to the town of Koslanda and follow the Ponagalla Road next 5 km. Till end of 2010 there were some shortcuts from the Ponagalla Road to the waterfall but difficult to use them since somebody blocked them by wire. Cross a little bridge and turn right next junction. There is an old cemetery and some place to park. Climb over the open hill (no fence/belongs to the Forest Department) and follow the waypoints.
The pool under this fall is not as deep as it looks like so don´t jump down. Lot of stones, sand and branches are under the surface. But you can swim around and climb up behind the fall. We did it. Was a good fun.
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Common needs: Walking stick, bush knife, food parcel, 2-3 l water, tool knife with scissor and saw, torch, all weather dress or umbrella, good shoes, long shirts and trousers - cause of thorny bushes, bur and sharp gras. Don´t miss a swim dress. Water and air have a comfortable climate on this altitude (512-733 m).
Cache problems? Please report to Shirodhs White Monkey at 3-km-post, Dambatenne Road, Thotulagala, Haputale.