The picturesque cascades of Bambarakiri Ella at the northern slopes of the Knuckles mountains are less frequented by foreign tourists, though a simple guesthouse is close-by, the Bambarakiri Ella Holiday Home. Tourists traveling to Riverstone for trekking in Knuckles Range or to the south entrance of Wasgamuwa National Park for a safari tour sometimes take a break at the enchanting Bambarakiri Falls, The name, also spelled Bamarakiri or Bamabarakiri, translates to “wasp’s milk”.
Bambarakiri Falls are situated only 200 m away from a bend of the Matale-Pallegala-Hasalaka mountain road and just, 5 km uphill from Rattota. Distance from Matale, the district capital at the Dambulla-Kandy road.
However, there are two waterfalls, the smaller one is a little bit hidden in the forests. So, The name of the second falls is “Kuda Bambarikiri Ella”. Thus ‘kuda’ means little.
The banks of Bambarakiri Ella are a nice spot for a picnic in the jungles. A rope bridge spanning the pool of the falls adds to the beauty of the scene. The waterfalls consist of three cascades, the tallest slope is just below the natural pool at the suspension bridge. and all so, The escarpment at the edge of the pool is the reason why bathing is dangerous here.
Travel at Glance
Direction : Kandy -> Matale -> Rattota – >Pitawala Pathana (42KM)
Transport : Bike / Taxi / Public Transport
Travel Time: (from Kandy 1.5 hrs)
Accommodation: Find Hotels nearby / Knuckles Bungalow
Activities: Photography / Nature Trails / Waterfall hunting /Lake/ Hiking
Tips, Notes and Special Remark
– Use enough water
– beware with roads
– Ask directions from locals
– DO NOT BATH – Highly Advisable
– Do not carry Plastic items, Make sure you bring back everything you took.