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Dun Falls

Wewathanne, Hill Country, Sri Lanka.
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Dun Falls (125 metres high and three metres wide) is split into three chutes that converge in a tributary of Loggal Oya Reservoir called Madu Walla Kandura. Annual deforestation of the land for chena cultivation means the land near the fall is bare and only 40 hectares of forest remain due to soil erosion.
The woodland contains a variety of trees, including nelli, suriyamara, kolon, jack, breadfruit, mee, weralla, alakola and wood apple. It is also home to wild boar, deer and hare.
It is said that King Rajasinghe’s soldiers obtained wax for their bows from the Mee trees. Many local people have the name ‘Dunukara Mudiyanselage,’ which means ‘from the bowman,’ adding credence to the story. The name of the village ‘Ittithambuwala,’ which after dialectal changes became ‘Ittithampala,’ denotes the clefts used in boiling wax.
Villagers also believe that King Walagambe used a cave here to hide from pursuing enemies. The natural heritage is a great source of pride to the locals. The fall is near Ittithampala village in Badulla District Take the Meegahakivula-Pitamaruwa road to Bogahatenne. Turn along the gravel path and travel for six km to the Wewathanne National School. To the right of the school there’s a footpath near a precipice – continue for three km to reach the fall.

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