Another iconic destination in Belihuloya is Pahanthudawa, a waterfall that would be mesmerizing to anyone who visits in the fall. The name “Pahanthudawa” was given because of the shape of the base pool which resembles the shape of a clay lamp. The waterfall resembles the wick of the lamp and the height of the waterfall is 5m. The attractiveness of the waterfall is amplified by the flowery surrounding of its rural area. The instinctive nature of this waterfall is that it changes its water level to a higher level at glance.
To reach the fall you need to take the left (If you are traveling from Colombo) to Ihala Galagama road from the famous “Belihuloya Rest House” on A4 road. After traveling 1 km along the road, then you have to walk down from the mountain for 500m. It will be easy to find the fall as it is situated near the hotel Citrine River Residence. Reaching the top of the fall itself is quite a hike as it runs through the jungle and much difficult since you need to walk along the rocks, and it might be slippery. But once you reach the top you will not be able to take your eyes off after seeing the beauty of this fall and its surroundings.
This waterfall creates a small but deep pool at the bottom which is said to be of immeasurable depth. It is advised to be careful around this as people have died falling to this pond. There are other bathing spots down the water stream, still if it’s a rainy season the water level could go up anytime within a second. Therefore, you will have to take your own precautions while visiting this beautiful fall.
Although It may sound dangerous, the sight of this waterfall will never be a waste to your eyes. So, if you ever happened to be in Belihuloya, don’t forget to take a little tour of this wonderful waterfall. If you are a waterfall lover, you better add this wonderful fall to your list as a must-visit waterfall. And most importantly, when you visit the place don’t forget to protect the environment around it as well. Take all your polythene and plastics back with you when you leave. Our one little act will keep the pollution away!
Photo Credit: Vindula Yasas