Dunhinda Falls is a waterfall located about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from Badulla town in Sri Lanka.The Dunhinda Falls is one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful waterfalls.The waterfall, which is 64 metres (210 ft) high gets its name from the smoky dew drops spray, (Dun in sinhala means mist or smoke) which surrounds the area at the foot of the waterfall. It’s also known as Bridal fall as the shape of the waterfall reflect a bridal veil. The water fall is created by the river called Badulu Oya which goes through the Badulla town.
Dunhinda falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Sri Lanka. Meaning of “Dun” in sinhala is smoke and the mist created by this falls is like a smoke. Dunhinda waterfall is located in Uva Provinece, Sri Lanka and it is about 5 kilometres away from Badulla town. To reach the Dunhinda waterfall, have to walk on a foot path about 1km through the forest. The “Kuda Dunhinda falls” also can be seen from distance when going on that foot path and this journey is worth well for who loves the nature.
This fall is steeped in history. The area was once inhabited by indigenous people – the Veddha tribe. During the time of King Rajasinhe, a giant fern got stuck at the top of the fall, between two mountains. This acted as a dam, which resulted in the flooding of Badulla town.
Seeing the gravity of the situation, the king entrusted the task of clearing the sluice to a person named ‘Ranhavadidaraya’. After toiling for three months he managed to clear the water and the town re-emerged. The fern was swept away but got stuck again at a place now known as Pussellawa (‘pus’ meaning fern).
Waterfall is enriched with Uma Oya, Hal Oya and small rivers from Bandarawela and Welimada areas.
On the way to the waterfall you can see another small waterfall named Kuda Dunhinda at a glance. Thus you can taste and refresh yourself by having a native herbal drink by the venders on sides of the way to the water fall. At the end of this journey you can meet a secured stage constructed for the viewers and enjoy the water fall. If you are very much confident, you can reach the foot of the water fall and cross the river. While enjoying the fall it’s better to remind that do not go closer to the fall or bathe as it is deep and full of slippery rocks and stones near the bottom of the water fall.
Hence Randenigala ,Victoria and Rantambe are identified as the three main water valleys down sided from the Dunhinda Water fall, apart from being a natural water resource it has been a relaxation for the tourists.