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Abarana Falls

Ambalantota, Hambantota, South Coast, Sri Lanka.
Location : Hambantota
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According to folklore, the two metre fall derives its name from the fascinating but sad story of King Wijebahu. The King was married to beautiful twin sisters, both seven months’ pregnant. Before leaving for a sea battle, he announced to his queens that should he be successful, white flags would be hoisted from his ship’s mast upon his return, but should he be defeated, black flags would be flown instead. He also warned them that he would not live to see defeat.
After many days keeping vigil from the nearby Usangoda Mountain (800 feet), the queens spied the king’s ship on the horizon. Although the king was victorious, he took up his general’s suggestion to fly the black flags as a practical joke, curious to see the reactions of his wives. The queens saw the black flags and assumed the worst. Overwhelmed by grief and sorrow, they committed suicide by throwing themselves into the river, after first gathering all their jewellery and laying it on the bank. The King overcome by grief had plunged after them into the water. The fall is now said to be haunted by the Dark Prince – the king’s reincarnation – and the jewellery left on the riverbank by the distraught queens gave the fall its name.

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