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Hunasfalls Waterfall, Sri Lanka

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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Krishan
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"Make sure to visit Hunnas Falls early in the morning when the sunlight is just right to catch the most enchanting views of the waterfall and fewer tourists around. Also, don't miss the short hike around the falls, where you might spot some of the local wildlife that many visitors often overlook."

What is Hunnas Falls?

Hunnas Falls is a breathtaking natural attraction nestled among the lush greenery of Sri Lanka's Central Province, close to the historical city of Kandy. Tumbler over colossal granite surfaces, the water cascades from an impressive height of about 48 meters (about 158 feet), creating a majestic sight to behold and a serene ambiance. The area surrounding the falls is also rich with vibrant flora and fauna, making it a mini paradise for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a tranquil escape from the bustling city life.

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The falls are part of the Hunnasgiriya Mountain range and are fed by the waters of the Huluganga River, which originates from the Knuckles Mountain Range. What makes Hunnas Falls distinct is not just its natural beauty, but also the serene atmosphere it brings along. Often enveloped in a light mist, the falls have a sense of mystique about them, enhanced by the gentle roar of the tumbling water that resonates through the surrounding forest.

History of Hunnas Falls

Hunnas Falls has a relatively undisturbed and uncommercialized history, compared to other waterfalls in Sri Lanka. It was discovered by early settlers and has since been a staple for the locals who often visit for relaxation and to connect with nature. Over the years, the area around Hunnas Falls has developed, adding several amenities for visitors, such as the Hunnas Falls Hotel, which was built to provide a luxurious perspective on the waterfall's natural beauty.


Despite these developments, Hunnas Falls remains relatively untouched and preserved in its natural state. This is due, in part, to the elevated environmental awareness among the locals and the various conservation efforts implemented to maintain the ecosystem's balance. The falls have become a symbol of natural splendor and eco-friendly tourism in the Kandy region.

The history of Hunnas Falls is also entwined with the rich cultural tapestry of Kandy, which is home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and was the last stronghold of Sinhalese kings before colonial dominations. The falls' proximity to Kandy makes it not just a natural marvel but also part of a region deeply significant in the island's history and culture.

Why is Hunnas Falls Important?

Hunnas Falls is important for several reasons. For one, it is a source of great pride for Sri Lankans as a natural landmark that reflects the inherent beauty of the country's landscape. It's also an ecological haven, supporting a range of biodiversity from rare bird species to a variety of endemic plants. Conservationists often note the area for its environmental significance, as it forms a part of the delicate ecosystem within the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Moreover, Hunnas Falls is crucial for the local community both culturally and economically. It attracts tourists, which generates income for locals who engage in guiding, nearby accommodation services, and retail of local crafts and produce. Culturally, the tranquility and the natural splendor of the falls contribute to the spiritual atmosphere of the region, which is steeped in Buddhist traditions. For many, it provides a space for reflection and solace amidst the serenity of nature.

The falls are not merely a tourist attraction; they are a symbol of the harmonious balance between human habitation and nature. They stand as a reminder of the beauty that must be preserved, the wildlife that needs to be protected, and the cultural identity that is interlaced with natural landmarks in Sri Lanka.

Things to Do & See at Hunnas Falls

Visiting Hunnas Falls offers more than just the opportunity to witness the cascade's splendor. If you're keen on bird-watching, the surrounding area is a hotspot for a variety of feathered friends, including some rare species. Nature trails around the falls are perfect for trekkers and those seeking a leisurely walk through the cool, misty forests. The air is fresh, and the chorus of birds provides a natural soundtrack to your exploration.


For the adventurous, there are spots nearby where you can embark on more challenging hikes, leading to stunning viewpoints that overlook the waterfall and provide panoramic vistas of the surrounding countryside. If you're keen on photography, the falls provide a dynamic backdrop for capturing the appealing contrast between the cascade's force and the calm of the verdure.

Another unique aspect of Hunas Falls that you won't find in guidebooks is the connection with the locals. Engaging with them can enrich your visit with stories and insights about the region's culture and history. Don't miss out on the chance to try local delicacies often sold by vendors around the area—savoring local cuisine is an integral part of experiencing the cultural mosaic of Kandy.

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Hunasfalls Waterfall, Sri Lanka

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

Find it on google maps