The water of the 8m-high Kataboola Ella Fall (Kadiyanlena Ella Falls) cascades down in stages. Although the flow is otherwise languid, during rain the fall is transformed into a rushing body of water, the spray reaching the nearby road.
The full Kadiyanlena Ella cascade consists of 3 levels. The Main Nawalapitiya road crosses this fall on a old arch bridge bisecting the 2nd and 3rd segments.
The first and the top most segment falls in the single stream. The generally accepted height of 8 meters of Kataboola fall is probably the height of the 1st segmemt.
From the pool below the 1st segment, the water falls to the second pool over a wide rock creating the second part. This creates a wide segment of about 6-7 meters.
Then the water flows under the arch bridge and the creates the final segment of the fall underneath the bridge. The complete waterfall with all three segment probably 25 meters in height.
Kataboola Ella Falls (aka Kataboola Estate Falls) is located in Kadiyanlena village, 10 km away from Nawalapitiya. Thus this waterfall is also called Kadiyanlena Falls.
Being on a route less traveled, the environment surrounding the waterfall is still in a unspoiled state.
The closest town is Nawalapitiya.
September 27, 2023 5:05 am local time