St Clair’s Waterfall
St Clair’s Waterfall is one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka and is also called the “Little Niagara of Sri Lanka”. Situated close to Talawakele on the Hatton-Talawakele Highway in Nuwara Eliya District. If you are heading to Nuwara Eliya through the Hatton-Thalawakele Road, you can see this wonderful waterfall, which offers an amazing view along with a range of mountains and valleys. Even when the water stream is reduced, St. Clair’s reflects its stunning beauty. It is one of six waterfalls affected by the Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project.
St. Clair’s is located along the Kotmale Oya, a tributary of the Mahaweli River, as it cascades over three rock outcrops into a large pool, running through a tea estate, from which the fall derives its name. The waterfall consists of two falls called “Maha Ella” (in Sinhalese “The Greater Fall”), which is 80 metres high and 50 meters wide and “Kuda Ella”, (in Sinhalese “The Lesser Fall”), which is 50 meters high and located just downstream of the main fall. St Clair’s falls are the 20th highest waterfall of Sri Lanka.