St. Clair’s Falls is one of small yet very beautiful waterfall situated in Nuwara Eliya district. It is a waterfall of Kotmale Oya. It is also called as the Little Niagara Falls of Sri Lanka due to its wideness. The falls consist of two parts namely The Greater Falls (larger upper part) and The Lesser Falls (smaller lower part).
St. Clair’s Falls is situated 1209m above from the sea level. Even though it is called the Little Niagara Falls, nowadays it is in really bad shape. It is one of the falls affected by the Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project. Very limited amount of water is released from Upper Kotmale Reservoir along Kotmale Oya.
Earlier (before the Upper Kotmale Project) St. Clair’s Falls is much more beautiful.
A specious viewpoint point is there to observe the falls from a distance. But, if you want a closer look, you can walk down through the tea plantation to the falls. But be noted that the falls is not at all recommended for bathing. It is said that both the pools (upper and lower) are very deep.
How to Reach…?
St. Clair’s Falls is situated by the side of Avissawella – Hatton – Nuwara Eliya road, between Thalawakele and Hatton. Here is the exact location.
The sight of the falls becomes more beautiful due to the surrounding mountain range.
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