Laxapana Falls

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Laxapana Falls
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Laxapana falls
Location Hatton, Sri Lanka
Coordinates 6°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
Type plunge
Total height 126 m (413 ft)
Number of drops 1
Total width 23 m (75 ft)
Watercourse Maskeliya Oya
World height ranking 625

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] 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 Hydroelectricity Power stations, Laxapana which generates 50MW of electricity and New Laxapana which generates 100MW.

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]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Senanayake 2004: 1
  2. ^ "Laxapana Falls". worldwaterfalldatabase.com. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 

References[edit]

  • (Sinhalese) Senanayake, Chanaka (2004). Sri Lankawe Diya Eli (1st ed.). Sooriya Publishers. ISBN 955-8892-06-8.