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Dunhinda Falls (Bridal Falls)

Badulla, Hill Country, Sri Lanka.
Location : Badulla
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Considered as one of the most enchanting water falls in Sri Lanka Dunhinda falls is in close proximity to Badulla town. The water resembles a thin cloud as it cascades 63 metres downwards. The backdrop to the fall is known as ‘Dunhinda Adaviya’. ‘Dunhinda’ translates to ‘spraying waterfall’. The area was once inhabited by indigenous people, the Veddha tribe. During the time of King Rajasinghe, 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 the 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). This is the first fall on the island where a fee was introduced to view it. This applies to both local and foreign visitors. Dunhinda Falls is five km away from the Badulla town and it is a tortuous one km walk to the falls.
 

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