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Laxapana Falls Waterfall

  Province Central
  District Nuwara Eliya
  Nearest Town Hatton
  Total height 126m
  Number of drops 1
  Watercourse Kehelgamuwa Oya and Maskeliya Oya
  Island Height Ranking 8th

Introduction

Laxapana Falls is 126m high and the 8th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 625th highest waterfall in the world. It is situated in Hatton area in Nuwara Eliya District. It formed by Maskeliya Oya near the confluence of Kehelgamuwa Oya and Maskeliya Oya which forms Kelani River. The Falls gives its name to twin Hydroelectricity Power stations, Laxapana which generates 50MW of electricity and New Laxapana which generates 100MW.

Folklore

Popular folklore tells this the place where Buddha mended his saffron robe when he was visiting Sri Pada. The name of the Falls derived from Sinhala words of "Laxa" means Hundred thousand and "Pahana" or "Pashana" means rock.