Breathtaking in nature, Sri Lanka is home to some of the unspeakable landscapes with luscious green fields that boast of nothing but natural beauty. With waterfalls, rivers and an island surrounded by the ocean, Sri Lanka has no shortage of natural bodies of water landscapes. However, without some insider knowledge finding them isn’t that easy. Here are some top natural bathing places in Sri Lanka.
Swimming in the river or hiking to see a waterfall is definitely a memorable experience that can calm and relax your mind and body. Some of these place will offer various activities such as white water rafting, boat rides and other water sports and some rivers will allow swimming and bathing. While not all would be accessible due to security or safety reasons, here are a few that are definitely worth a trip.
Bopath Ella is a much-known secret among both foreigners and locals. The name comes from it being very similar shape of a “Bo” tree also known as sacred fig. The waterfall is located approximately 12 km from Ratnapura in Agalwatte, Kuruwita. The entrance ticket fee is LKR 20 for locals and LKR 100 for tourist. The waterfall has been a bathing place for ancient rulers of the country when they visited famous “Maha Saman Devale” in Ratnapura. The water is neither too cold nor too warm and perfect for bathing. We have a stellar bungalow close at hand, if Bopath Ella is among your must-see attractions.
Bambarakanda Ella is Sri Lanka’s tallest waterfall with a height of 263 metres. Situated Kalupahana, Badulla, it is 05km from the A4 highway and getting to the waterfall is not easy. However, if you are en route to Horton Plains or in the vicinity, be sure to head this way and have an ice-cold bath. There are also several trails close to the waterfall for hiking and you are in the Haputale area it is approximately 23 km drive up to the falls. Looking for a luxury home away from home? Our accommodation in Bandarawela might just fit your need.
Paravithota, Ingiriya is just a 1.40-minute drive from Colombo, ideal for when in search of a perfect outdoor a bath. The little water stream and natural pool is bordering Meddakanda Forest and has been declared a safe area for bathing.
Our final pick for the day: Ramboda Falls. Located in Pussellawa on the A5 highway on Ramboda Pass, it is 11th highest waterfall in the country. The entrance to the waterfall is free so make sure to visit the place when heading towards Nuwara Eliya. The view surrounding the fall is breathtaking and is enclosed by lush greenery and tea plantations. If you are planning to head to Ramboda Falls with your family our property at Yoho Hills Villa would be a great choice of stay.
What’s your favourite natural bathing spot in Sri Lanka? Let us know in the comments.