Bopath Waterfall, Kuruwita

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Bopath Ella is a waterfall situated in the Ratnapura District of Sri Lanka. It has a shape very similar to the leaf of the Sacred fig or "Bo" tree, which has earned it this name. The waterfall is a major tourist attraction in the country. Local myths say that it is haunted and that it hides a treasure trove.LocationBopath Ella is located in a village named Agalwatte in Kuruwita in the Ratnapura District of Sri Lanka.WaterfallThe name "Bopath Ella" has been given to the waterfall because of its shape. The water flows through a narrow gap in the rocks and then widens, forming the shape of a leaf of a "Bo" tree which is the Sinhalese name for sacred fig (Ficus religiosa). "Path" means leaves of a tree and "Ella" means waterfall. Virgin forests with a rich biodiversity surround the waterfall.Bopath Ella is 30m high. It is formed from the Kuru Ganga, which is a tributary of the Kalu Ganga. Its mean rate of flow is 6m2 per second, and its catchment area receives an average rainfall of 5080mm annually. Water from the falls is used for paddy cultivation. Bopath Ella is also the most comprehensively studied waterfall in the country.Bopath Ella is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka, since it is not far from the capital, Colombo, and is easily accessible. There have been unsuccessful attempts to use the waterfall to generate hydroelectricity. The path to the waterfall is lined with a number of shops and stalls, and it is somewhat polluted because of this commercialization.
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  • Hi, Its located between Colombo & Rathnapura (Gem city) and its take near 3 hours direct driving Colombo airport with 88 Km distance. The way of the place in very green and comfortable. Nice.....  more »
  • Everyone must go there Lovely and calm place surrounded with lovely nature You can bring your bags and other stuff Peoples are drinking sometimes so better to care yourself  more »
  • Beautiful waterfall. Area is not very clean. Lots of broken glass and plastic everywhere. Locals don't care about the their beautiful country. Don't go in the middle of the day. Rocks get very hot.
  • One of the beautiful tourist destination in Srilanka. Very easy to reach this place. Very good environment. Clean water and you could get a bath.
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