Makeli Ella falls in Kukuleganga – The bride’s veil

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The Makeli Ella Falls is about 10 metres tall and from afar, looks like a sheer white veil spilling off a bride’s headpiece.

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The cascading beauty of Makeli Ella falls


Surrounded by granite stones that have been eroded by water over the years, this waterfall flows amidst a scenic part of Kalutara, namely, Thumodara. The water flows down and forms a pool at the bottom, and beyond that, going 6 metres downhill, it meets the Kuda River and mingles with the sea through the Kalu River.

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This fall is one of the prominent waterfalls in Kalutara district and can be easily reached from Matugama or Kalutara. Routes are as follows.

Kalutara ➡️ Nagoda ➡️ Neboda ➡️ Kalawellawa ➡️ Bulathsinhala ➡️ Molkawa ➡️ Makeli Ella

Mathugama ➡️ Lathpandura ➡️ Molkawa road ➡️ Kelinkanda road ➡️ Makeli Ella


The area around the Makeli Ella falls and the falls itself is at risk due to a new project that is underway near Kukule Ganga. The soil that is displaced by the developers could result in collecting up at the stream and silting it up permanently.

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The Downstream flows all the way he Kuda river and then to the Kalu River


Before the project began, this falls was a local favourite for baths, but now, you can find a viewing platform only, and bathing is prohibited in the pool below the falls.

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The sheer drop to the deep base pool

A Word of caution

DO NOT get into the water in the base pool no matter how good a swimmer you are. According to the villages, about 39 lives were lost in this place due to the sheer depth. You can, however, have a safe path upside of the falls. Use the platform built for observations to safely admire the beauty of the fall.

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The small fall at the top

Last but not least: Protect the environment

Let’s conserve this amazing natural attraction for the future generations. hence

  • Do not leave behind any garbage or throw stuff into the water. Put waste only in the bins provided.
  • Be responsible travelers and do not engage in acts that would damage the flora and fauna.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol on the premises.

While you’re here, get to know the other cascading beauties in Kalutara District 💦🍃

Thudugala Ella Waterfall – Nature’s own misty heaven

Photo Credits: Devinda Udayasiri via

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