Bopath Waterfall, Kuruwita

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Bopath Ella is a waterfall situated in the Ratnapura District of Sri Lanka. It has a shape very similar to the leaf of the Sacred fig or "Bo" tree, which has earned it this name. The waterfall is a major tourist attraction in the country. Local myths say that it is haunted and that it hides a treasure trove.LocationBopath Ella is located in a village named Agalwatte in Kuruwita in the Ratnapura District of Sri Lanka.WaterfallThe name "Bopath Ella" has been given to the waterfall because of its shape. The water flows through a narrow gap in the rocks and then widens, forming the shape of a leaf of a "Bo" tree which is the Sinhalese name for sacred fig (Ficus religiosa). "Path" means leaves of a tree and "Ella" means waterfall. Virgin forests with a rich biodiversity surround the waterfall.Bopath Ella is 30m high. It is formed from the Kuru Ganga, which is a tributary of the Kalu Ganga. Its mean rate of flow is 6m2 per second, and its catchment area receives an average rainfall of 5080mm annually. Water from the falls is used for paddy cultivation. Bopath Ella is also the most comprehensively studied waterfall in the country.Bopath Ella is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka, since it is not far from the capital, Colombo, and is easily accessible. There have been unsuccessful attempts to use the waterfall to generate hydroelectricity. The path to the waterfall is lined with a number of shops and stalls, and it is somewhat polluted because of this commercialization.
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  • If you are passing Kuruwita, Bopath Falls is not a sight to miss. A gift from the mother nature, Bopath falls is popular among travelers because of the natural pool. Situated around 7km away from the ...  more »
  • We have here an afternoon swim. Was nice and quiet, only a few picnicking Sri Lankan people. Lot of fun also for children to swim. You can almost completely per tuc tuc, then another few minutes walk away. Recommended.
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  • A very popular place for locals and a dramatic Waterfall. You need to wade through a river and clamber over rocks to get a good view of the waterfall. The locals are very helpful and warn you when you...  more »
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  • Very beautiful location. Good for take a bath. Calm clear water. It's best if you go by earliest. Less crowded in the morning.
  • Very nice and beautiful waterfall. Be careful when rainy season. Easy access. Good view and safe place for bathing.
  • Very beautiful and attractive place. But travelers have to pay more attention about dumping garbage. we have to keep this beautiful place clean. Bopath Ella is a waterfall situated in the Ratnapura District of Sri Lanka. It has a shape very similar to the leaf of the Sacred fig or "Bo" tree, which has earned it this name. The waterfall is a major tourist attraction in the country
  • Nice place for bathing and experience the beauty of mother nature... but always be cautious on water levels. If the water is getting muddy and feel that the water level is rising it is always better to get out from the water as soon as possible.
  • It was relaxing and some of the teammates went hiking others at the hotel sang songs while others with hotel staff well known around the area took some on a guided tour round the village. There is a car park toilet on the 1st. Floor... Standard is buffet
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