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St. Clair’s Fall in Nuwara Eliya

St. Clair’s fall is another popular and extremely beautiful waterfall located in the Talawakele area of Nuwara Eliya District, Sri Lanka. The widest waterfall on the island is known as St. Clair’s Waterfall (Sri Lanka’s Little Niagara). This Clare’s waterfall is known as the 20th highest waterfall in the country. It is 80 meters (263 feet) high. This waterfall is formed by Kothmale Oya, a tributary of Mahaweli River.

St. Clair's Falls in Nuwara Eliya - Waterfall

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Travel Time

4 Hours


80 m


Nuwara Eliya

It is said that the waterfall got its name because this waterfall flows through St. Clair’s tea estate. St. Clair’s waterfall is a beautiful sight that can be easily seen by tourists traveling on the Hatton – Nuwara Eliya road. St. Clair’s fall cascades over two rocks into a huge pool at the end of the valley. The first fall and the second fall located below the sea level are 1060 meters above sea level. This can be seen when traveling to Badulla by train on the up country railway.

Road signs

  • Hatton to Nuwara Eliya
  • Nawalapitiya to Dimbula

It can be reached from Nuwara Eliya by road to Talawakele.

  • 3.7 km from Thalawakele
  • 26 km from Nuwara Eliya

St. Clair's Falls in Nuwara Eliya - Waterfall

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Due to the upper Kothmale hydroelectric power station above the falls, the amount of water in the falls increases or decreases. A limited amount of water is released to prevent the falls from completely disappearing for public use. Water is released to the falls every half an hour by the reservoir management.

Credit: @Original_Photograper_Unkown

Country Sri Lanka
Province Central province
District Nuwaraeliya
Road details Colombo – Kalugala junction (via kithulgala) – Thalawakele - Laxapana Falls
Elevation 1060m
Waterfalls height 80m (263ft)
Total width -
Watercourse Kothmale Oya

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