St. Clair's Falls (සාන්ත ක්ලෙයාර් ඇල්ල) is one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka and is commonly known as the "Little Niagara of Sri Lanka". It is one of six waterfalls affected by the Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project.
The falls are situated west of the town of Talawakele on the Hatton-Talawakele Highway in Nuwara Eliya District.
The falls are located along the Kotmale River, a tributary of the Mahaweli River, as it cascades over three rock outcrops into a large pool, running through a tea estate, from which the falls derive their name from. The waterfalls consist of two falls called "Maha Ella" (Sinhalese "The Greater Fall"), which is high and wide and "Kuda Ella", (Sinhalese "The Lesser Fall"), which is high and located immediately downstream of the main fall. St Clair's falls are the 20th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka.
From the inception of the Upper Kotmale Project, Sri Lanka's last major hydro-electricity project, the environmentalists protested concerning that the waterfall is threatened by the Upper Kotmale Dam. The falls are located 2.2km downstream from the dam. The Government however has stated that they will release a limited quantity of water to ensure a continuous flow of water over the falls for 10 hours and 30 minutes daily, between sunrise and sunset.
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St Clair's Falls Reviews
Great little scenic stop to get out and stretch your legs whilst taking in the view of the waterfall. more »
Situated in a marvelous location, in a tea estate, along the road to Nuwaraeliya by Thalawakele. This waterfall is visible from the main road as well as from the train line. There are several... more »
The waterfall makes a wonderful landscape. Lush green around. So soothing.
In 1988 I was at St Patrick's Church Thalawakelle for few months.I walk from there to embrace the beauty of the amazing waterfall.Twin and wide, located alone (really no lonely the Devon falls is near by)among tea estates.Now a days falls goes to sleep at night to save water to Upper Kotmale Hydro Power Project.
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