Olu Ella is in Kegalle District. It is home to the 6th tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka and the tallest waterfall in Kegalle. The Olu Ella Waterfall – 127 meters tall and 18 meters wide, is also nicknamed Sri Lankan Niagra Falls. To marvel at the cascading waterfall of Olu Ella, and to enjoy an unforgettable hike, you must get to Kandy. From there, take the Colombo – Kandy Road up to Yatiyanthota, passing Kadugannawa, Ussapitiya, Hettimulla, Bulathkohupitiya and Karawanella. Turn left at Pelampitiya Road and go down to find Olu Ella.
Our goal was to travel to Olu Ella, trek through scenic nature trails of the lush forests, and engage in some super cool out-door activities such as kayaking, abseiling and even rifle-shooting! The nature trail that lay before was rugged yet exciting. Picturesque surroundings everywhere you looked, it was absolutely breathtaking. We also had the incredible chance of camping in an all-natural cave next to a natural pool which was such a unique experience for everyone.
Bonding over a warm bonfire while being one with nature- it was perfect to say the least!
Sri Lanka is an island with many mini islets surrounding it. Out of which, the archipelagos of Jaffna and Kalpitiya are famous among travellers for namely island hopping.
The islands of Kalpitiya have many adventures and experiences available within them, out of which the Island of Battalangunduwa remains the capitol. Battalangunduwa is the second-largest island after Uchchimune and Mohontuwarama, located at a distance of about 25 km from the mainland.
Battalangunduwa is a beautiful island covering an area of 150 hectares. From the Kalpitiya jetty, you have to travel about 28 nautical miles to reach Battalangunduwa Island. The islanders, who make a living from fishing, live a different kind of life on this island. Battalangunduwa Island is undoubtedly a perfect place to enjoy a cool evening breeze, a spectacular view of the setting sun, or even a night in a tent enjoying the sweet sound of the waves crashing against the shore.
First task is to get there. Two passenger boats ply to the island from the Kalpitiya jetty. The regular passenger ferry service begins daily at 8:30 p.m. It’s about a 3-hour drive. The fare per person is around LKR 250. There is also a luxury passenger transport service with comfortable seating. But for that, you have to reserve seats in advance and of course pay more. Make sure that you take everything you need with you on the way because you can’t go back mid-way. Keep in mind that there are no five-star hotels or shops in Kalpitiya but a humble fishing village. So don’t forget to show some love & support to these wonderful folk as you plan a nice beach camping experience here.
Difficulty level – Novice
Season – Possible year around. Best time being November to March.
Family Friendly – Yes
Book in Advance – Yes