Laxapana Falls

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Laxapana Falls
Laxapana falls 1.JPG
Laxapana falls
LocationHatton, Sri Lanka
Coordinates6°54′N 80°30′E / 6.9°N 80.50°E / 6.9; 80.50Coordinates: 6°54′N 80°30′E / 6.9°N 80.50°E / 6.9; 80.50
Typeplunge
Total height126 m (413 ft)
Number of drops1
Total width23 m (75 ft)
WatercourseMaskeliya Oya
World height ranking625

Laxapana Falls is 126 m (413 ft) high[1] and the 8th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 625th highest waterfall in the world.[2][3] It is situated in Maskeliya area in Nuwara Eliya District, about 16 km (9.9 mi) from Maskeliya town on Maskeliya-Norton Bridge road, in a village called Kiriwan Eliya. It is formed by Maskeliya Oya near the confluence of Kehelgamu Oya and Maskeliya Oya which forms Kelani River. The falls gives its name to twin hydroelectric power stations, Old Laxapana Power Station which generates 50 MW of electricity and New Laxapana Power Station which generates 100 MW.

Folklore[edit]

Popular folklore tells this the place where Buddha mended his saffron robe when he was visiting Sri Pada. The name of the Falls derived from Sinhala words of "Laxa" means Hundred thousand and "Pahana" or "Pashana" means rock.[1]

The base of the falls in March 2018.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Senanayake 2004: 1
  2. ^ "Laxapana Falls". worldwaterfalldatabase.com. Retrieved 2008-12-25.
  3. ^ Senanayake, Chanaka (2004). Sri Lankawe Diya Eli (1st ed.). Sooriya Publishers. ISBN 955-8892-06-8.