Little bit about Diyaluma Falls (Uda Diyaluma Hike)
Diyaluma water fall is the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka with a 220 m (720 ft) high, located in Badulla district. Its just 1 hour drive from Ella (one of the post popular tourist destinations in Hill country) towards the Wellawaya in Ella – Wellawaya road.
Most tourist visit Diyaluma falls and some do the hike to the top, on their way to Yala or Udawalawa national parks after visiting Ella.
Diyaluma Waterfall has a great viewing point at the bottom where you can have a swim in the cold water and while enjoying the amazing view of the waterfall.
Upper Diyamula (Uda Diyaluma) Hike - how to get into the trail?
Before you get into the trail, ask a local who is familiar with the area to show the road that leads to the trail. Since the paths are not marked, it is advised to get some help and guidance from the locals.
You can easily find a local to guide you to the top for a small tip. Make sure that you agreed to a price before starting the journey.
It takes about 45 – 60 minutes to reach the summit (depending your physical stamina). It is not an easy as you have to walk through tall grass areas, steep climbs and slippery rocks. If you are lucky you will be able to see elephants roaming around the area. Make sure that you follow your guide’s advises all the time.
Once you reach the top after a tiring hike, you get to see the breath-taking view of the entire area and the beautiful upper Diyaluma falls. One would not think for a second to jump into the natural pool filled with cold water. You could not ask for a better relaxation after such a tiring hike.
Enjoy the epic view of the falls and take a swim at the base if you please!
Things to know before you go
- It is always advisable to find a local as your guide for a small tip
- It will be a hot hike – make sure you have sufficient water, sun protections
- Better to cover your body with long sleeves as the hike is through tall grass areas
- Bring your swimsuits, plenty of natural pools to have bath
- The trail is not marked with any signs. Keep in mind that finding help in an emergency situation will not be easy. Be cautious and follow your guide’s instructions all the time
- Be cautious of the heavy wind at the top, you could easily lose the control
- Pay attention for leeches specially during the rainy season
Photo Credits: Dasun Wickramaarachchi