Waterfalls of Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is a country of 65,610 square kilometers. There are more than 200 waterfalls (recorded) – a large figure for a small country of its size. There are many legends associated with waterfalls.

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Waterfalls of Sri Lanka

  1. 1. By Arundathie Abeysinghe Lecturer/Trainer International Aviation Academy SriLankan Airlines Arundathie Abeysinghe 1
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  3. 3.      Mountains of Sri Lanka abound with gorgeous waterfalls – cynosure of all eyes Visitors are mesmerized by the sheer beauty of these waterfalls Many of them are unknown – hidden away in forest or remote tea plantations Sri Lanka – a country of 65,610 square kilometers There are more than 200 waterfalls (recorded) – a large figure for a small country of its size Arundathie Abeysinghe 3
  4. 4.    There are many legends associated with waterfalls Ravana Ella – associated with the great epic of the East - Ramayana (Ravana – powerful demon king – ruled Sri Lanka – cave hidden behind the fall, believed to be - a place, the princess Sita was hidden after her abduction from India) Arundathie Abeysinghe 4
  5. 5.       Natural elevation of the land – Sri Lanka – a paradise of waterfalls Waterfalls can be seen from various angles – each angle more beautiful than the other Majority of waterfalls are located in the hill country Ratnapura district has the highest number of waterfalls (109) Nuwara Eliya district - 75 Kegalle district - 40 Arundathie Abeysinghe 5
  6. 6.     Sri Lanka – a small island in the Indian Ocean - blessed with 103 rivers and streams radiating from the central hills These rivers - rushing down rocky precipices form a number of roaring waterfalls - various shapes and heights – unique beauty Some waterfalls can be viewed with ease Others can only be seen by penetrating thick forests and tea plantations Arundathie Abeysinghe 6
  7. 7.     There are 19 hidden, beautiful waterfalls in Sinharaja Forest – a world heritage site Some waterfalls are very high Dhoovili falls is the most beautiful waterfall in Sinharaja Ancient Arab traveler Ibn Batuta was mesmerized by the aesthetic splendor of these waterfalls Arundathie Abeysinghe 7
  8. 8.  Rathnapura District (109 Waterfalls) Nuwara Eliya District (77 Waterfalls) Kegalle District (40 Waterfalls) Kandy District (20 Waterfalls) Badulla District (33 Waterfalls) Galle District (26 Waterfalls) Hambantota District (2 Waterfalls) Kalutara District (24 Waterfalls) Kurunegala District (26 Waterfalls) Matara District (14 Waterfalls) Monaragala District (4 Waterfalls) Colombo District (4 Waterfalls)  Gampaha Distict (2 Waterfalls)            Arundathie Abeysinghe 8
  9. 9. Thank you! Arundathie Abeysinghe 9

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