Maskeliya is one of the fascinadoras destinations in the map of the tourist of Hatton. Situated on the Maussakelle Reservoir, this place has attracted the attention of local and foreign tourists alike due to its unique natural beauty. One of the most striking features of that beauty is the majestic 'Gartmore Falls and Moray Falls' waterfalls that cascade down into the Maussakelle Reservoir.
The Maussakelle Reservoir is fed by these two waterfalls, and from a height of about 45 feet, you can enjoy the spectacular views of these waterfalls, which cascade down from time to time during the rainy season. But to enjoy the beauty of the pair of waterfalls from the same angle, one has to go to the middle of the lake with the help of a boat or watch from the air.
is also known as 'Sri Pada Falls' as it is located close to the top of Sri Pada Hill. To see this waterfall you have to travel from Maskeliya to Gartmore Estate and your journey will be easier if you travel by private vehicle like motorbike even though public transport services are active from Maskeliya. The road in the middle of the tea estates is a bit slippery and you have to be careful before traveling as it has a precipice on the side. Although there are viewing booths set up to visit Gartmore, many tourists are eager to visit the falls to experience its true beauty and adventure. You can reach the waterfall after traveling about 6km on a tractor trail that runs through the middle of the tea estate.
is formed by a stream of water that starts from the Butterfly Range and joins the Maussakelle Reservoir, breaking into three parts and creating spectacular views. This waterfall is not hard to find as it is located in one corner of the Moray Estate. However, the waterfall can be reached by following the footpaths near the estate, but one should be careful as it is located at a somewhat difficult boundary to reach.
If you visit the Maskeliya area during the rainy season, you can see the beauty of several other beautiful waterfalls, but it is wise to avoid bathing or going to the reservoir from unknown places.
Located at a distance of about 140 km from Colombo, the easiest way to reach this waterfall is from Colombo via the Maskeliya Norton Road.
Best time to visit :
March and May
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