Diyaluma Falls is the 2nd biggest waterfall in Sri Lanka and is the perfect spot for a full day adventure. It standing 720 feet high. Diyaluma falls is actually the 361st highest water fall in the world. Diyaluma Falls has different levels and natural pools on the top. The Falls are formed by Punagala Oya, a tributary of Kuda Oya which in turn, is a tributary of Kirindi Oya. Visit Diyaluma falls is one of the favourite things to do in Sri Lanka.
There are few ways to reach Diyaluma Falls from Colombo.
- Train: The nearest station is Haputale. It is 32km away from Diyaluma falls. Trains start from Colombo fort station at 6.00 A.M. After reaching Haputale, take the Haputale-Wellawaya bus.
- Bus: Take Colombo-Badulla bus from Colombo central bus stand. The bus route number is 99. Get off from Beragala junction. Then take wellawaya bus to reach Kosalanda.
- Taxi: Also you can Uber or Pickme taxi from Colombo.
There are two ways to get to the top of Diyaluma falls.
- From Poonagala village at the top, which is far shorter and easier.
- Hiking from the bottom near the village of Koslanda, which is rather strenuous and hard to follow.
The Diyaluma Falls hike, from the bottom to the top, takes around two hours. The trails are overgrown with tall grass and unkept, but they are visible enough to follow. I highly suggest wearing shoes. Also, you can find local tour guides from there. After a tough journey and hike to get to Diyaluma falls, I recommend sitting down on the rocky ledge, having some snacks and admiring the view for an hour or so.
Once you reach the first part of the waterfall, you will face a series of natural pools. During the summer months, it’s possible to swim in the falls. You should always take precautions, including checking the forecast or speaking with locals about the weather situation in the area. The rainy season is from September to December. During the monsoonal periods, the water level is far higher and the currents much more powerful. So don’t attempt to swim in that period.
The waterfalls are free for tourists to visit. Safety barriers do not exist at Diyaluma falls, so if you like to stand on the edge please be careful. Don’t forget to bring water, snacks, towel and changing clothes with you.