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Diyaluma Falls, Koslanda
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Diyaluma Falls is 220m high and the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 361st highest waterfall in the world. It is situated 6km away from Koslanda in Badulla District on Colombo-Badulla highway. The Falls are formed by Punagala Oya, a tributary of Kuda Oya which in turn, is a tributary of Kirindi Oya.EtymologyIn Sinhalese, Diyaluma or Diya Haluma means "rapid flow of water" or may be translated as "liquid light". According to Sri Lankan historian, Dr. R. L. Brohier, Diyaluma is the setting of the folklore about a tragedy involving a young chieftain who had been banished to the highlands and the attempt by his betrothed to join. As all the passes were guarded the young man let down a rope of twisted creepers over the escarpment, as she was hauled up she was dashed against the rocks and died. The Gods, moved to pity by the harrowing spectacle, caused a stream of water to gush from the mountain and veil all evidence of the tragedy in a watery light, hence the term Diyaluma.
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  • On the way to Tissamaharama from Ella we took a slight detour (12 Kms, I believe) on a bumpy road and arrived at this gem. Despite it being a dry season and the flow of water anything but incredible, ...  more »
  • But beautiful waterfalls flow varies depending on the season. In August we drove past, deserves to stop.
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  • after going to Rawana falls and sharing the beauty with 40-50 other backpackers, heading to Ella where we were the only people around was such a treat. We didn't hike up to the top but jumped into the...  more »