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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  • 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 »
  • Niz plc to visit..u hv to cross d river to reach waterfall..also u can swim near the waterfall or river...  more »
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  • It's a great place to have a nice moment. The only problem is it's very crowded in holidays. If you need to have a meals there plenty small motels.
  • One of popular waterfall in Sri Lanka, it's best to visit this in the week days since weekend it's more crowded and may have parking issues, so if you need to spend a time with nature good to avoid holidays and weekend. Also be careful on rainy season for this area since water level will rise up in a minute and may trap in the middle of waterfall. Do not left any artificial things in here and bring them back with you.
  • Natural Good Everytime.... Here seems to market all, But not much caring on clean. Dirty water.... All hotels.... And other places.... Care must be taken those who are responsible for the place. Very important For the parking follow the instructions on boards there. Narrow road inside.
  • One of beautiful place in Sri Lanka. Nice surrounding, awesome water. Just need to be careful on rocks if you're climbing on them most are very slippery. If you have a drone there are lots of cool views to film. They charge rs 20 from local adults and RS 100.00 from foreign visitors.
  • Loved the view and feeling when you stay close to the main waterfall. Better to go there before 5 PM. A car park is available about 500 meters before the waterfall. Better to park there and come as no space to park a vehicle closer to the waterfall.

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