Kaltota Doowili Ella
Doowili Ella, or Doowili Falls is one of the common name used in addressing many waterfalls around the country mainly because of the drizzle it made when water is falling from a vertical drop, because of they resemble dust particles. Among many Doowili Falls in the country, Kaltota Doowili Fall is the largest of all of them. This falls is created when River Walawe itself falling about 40 meters in to a deep canyon at Kaltota in Balangoda area. The river is call Weli oya in this area before it fall in to the Udawalawa Man-made lake situated in Udawalawa National Park.
Reaching Doowili Ella can be done from Balangoda - Kaltota road. After passing Thanjanthanna on Balangoda-Kaltota road there is about two kilometers distance to Doowili Ella turn off. There is a huge sign board on the left side of the road at the turn off. When you go for about 500 meters on this road, you will come across the Doowili Ella ticket counter and a gate across the road. As I can remember cost of a ticket for a local is around 20 rupees which provincial government used in developments of the site. When we reached the site we saw there had been a quite a bit of development done by provincial government of the area. Distance from the ticket counter to the car park is about one kilometer and the condition of the road in this part is quite bad. However, even a car can manage this section with a little care. A large area for parking is available at the end of the road as well as a small shop. A viewing stage is there close to car park, but from there one can't get a clear view of the waterfall. There is a well made concrete steps to get down to the second viewing stage.
Doowili Ella from the first viewing deck Doowili Ella - an interesting frame
To get to the second viewing stage one will have to climb down 200-300 steps from here through the forest . This viewing stage is on the exact opposite side of the canyon where Doowili Ella falls. One could get a spectacular view of the giant from this location. Huge base pool of the fall will give you a clear idea about the amount of water come down from the fall. A playing area is also available in this place which is not in good condition at the moment. It seems to be the provincial government has tried to built this place as a pick-nick location for locals. Lack of maintenance might have ruined there plans.
Doowili falls and huge base pool Upper Doowili Falls
There is another pathway around the base pool of the falls to get to the top part of the main waterfall as well as to the upper cascades of Doowili Ella. Small pools created around huge boulders are safe to bath and popular among many local groups. It is sad to see some of them are coming to this place not only just to have a drink and bath but also to break bottles and litter this natures beauty. There are also many warnings almost everywhere stating the danger of bathing in unsafe locations and trying to jump around rocks which might end up falling in to the waterfall. There is absolutely no way out if one fell in to this waterfall.