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Lakshapana Falls

Norton - Maskeliya Road, Nortonbrige, Hill Country, Sri Lanka.
Location : Nortonbrige
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This very popular 129 metre fall is thought to derive its name from the presence of iron ore (laksha) in the rocks over which the water flows. The fall was said to house a labyrinth of tunnels, one of which still exists.
The Lakshapana Reservoir, where the fall is found, is used by power stations at New Lakshapana, Canyon and Polpitye Samanala, resulting in a certain amount of water depletion. A number of villages including Lakshapana, Pathana, Kiriwaneliya, Muruthatenna, Kottalena, Hunugala and Belumgala surround the fall.
The fall is 660 metres above sea level in the Nuwara Eliya Ambagamuwa Korale at the Ginigathhena Divisional Secretariat. The most convenient route is the Hatton-Maskeliya Road. Take this road for 18 km from Hatton, where a footpath leads down past the Pathana village to the fall. Alternatively, take the Lakshapana Road from the Kaluganga River junction for 14km to the Lakshapana Temple. The fall is just 2.5 km from here.
Sri Lanka is blessed with many breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls and the largest number is located in the Ratnapura District, where there are over 100 waterfalls. Be sure to see some in the cool climes of Nuwara Eliya too, where the water crashing down in all its beauty is guaranteed to enthral.

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