Diyaluma Falls are a must see of the waterfalls in Sri Lanka. Visiting the waterfall makes a great day trip to add to your Sri Lanka travel plans. Diyaluma is Sri Lanka's second highest waterfall and is located about an hour’s motorbike ride outside of the small but touristic mountain town of Ella.
The falls are broken up into a few different smaller falls before hitting the main drop of 200m (720ft). Between each of the upper falls are pools of water which make them a great spot for swimming and cliff jumping. Below is the video I created of my day trip to the waterfall which should convince you of why Diyaluma Waterfall is one of the most fun places to visit in Sri Lanka.
Diyaluma Waterfall in Sri Lanka | Hiking to the top!
To get to Diyaluma Waterfall you can go either by a taxi, tuk tuk or motorbike if you’re feeling adventurous to the falls from Ella. For a 6-7 person taxi plan on spending around 7,000lkr depending on your bartering skills. The road is narrow in areas with steep drops down the mountains on one side and sharp turns so only go by motorbike if you have experience. The easiest way to visit is to park at the base of the falls and hire a local guide (for around 1,000 lkr) to take you up. It’s a pretty hidden path so the guide is worth it. If you want to try to make it on your own like we did then you need to go by motorbike and you can take a side road and hike up and over the hills to the upper falls. This article explains exactly how to do it.
Just be prepared that it is strenuous and sweaty!
Once you’re at the top you can swim around, cliff jump and take those amazing photos at the front of the falls. Wear decent walking shoes no matter which route you take, and your swimsuit of course! Make sure you check the weather before. If it looks like rain, hold off until another day as the falls are prone to flash floods which could easily turn deadly for anyone caught near them.
If you have any questions about visiting the Waterfalls in Sri Lanka yourself leave me a comment on here or on YouTube and I'll get you some more info!