Lipton Seat & Upper Diyaluma Day Tour
Lipton Seat & Upper Diyaluma Day Tour. Discover waterfalls, tea plantations, trekking, and adventure experiences in Sri Lanka.
At a Glance
At a towering height of 220m, Diyaluma Falls in Sri Lanka stands as the second-tallest waterfall in the country, showcasing an awe-inspiring display of nature’s wonders. When this stunning waterfall appeared on my radar through Instagram, it instantly became a must-visit destination during my time in Sri Lanka. The Punagala Oya stream winds its way, creating a series of picturesque natural pools before cascading over a vertical cliff and plunging into the depths below. Uda Diyaluma, as it’s locally known, is situated approximately 40km south of Ella, making it an ideal day trip for those staying in this charming mountain village. The remarkable rocky façade is adorned with lush greenery that flourishes within the waterfall’s mist.
Upon reaching the top, the continuous flow of water has intricately carved channels and basins into the rock, meandering through the lush mountainous landscape. These pools provide an extraordinary setting for a scenic swim, boasting breathtaking panoramic views. The brief 20-minute trail winds through sloping hills covered in tall grass and meandering among tilted trees. The sweeping vistas extend over the valley, and the sound of the waterfall’s rush grows louder as you approach it. Upon arrival, make your way to the main waterfall, where the river cascades over the cliff edge. Here, you’ll find the primary pools – a trio of natural infinity pools situated precariously on the brink of the immense drop.
Without a doubt, taking a dip here is an incredible experience. Above one of Sri Lanka’s highest waterfalls, you’ll feel like you’re swimming at the edge of the world. This entire encounter presents a unique blend of excitement and serenity, a rarity that few other destinations can deliver. Diyaluma Falls might fall victim to the “Instagram vs. Reality” scenario, where a lengthy drive and hike lead to a picturesque photo spot with little else to offer. You’ll discover an arrangement of larger pools and smaller waterfalls, making it an ideal location for a rock-pool relaxation session.
For those with a penchant for adventure, you can take the leap from the rocks into one of the pools, providing a thrilling 7-meter drop and an exhilarating rush. Furthermore, there’s a smooth, sloping section of rock that serves as a natural waterslide, leading you into a pool. Essentially, this area functions as a splendid natural waterpark, offering an exceptional blend of excitement and leisure.
Lipton’s Seat stands as an elevated vantage point nestled within the Poonagala hills, crowned atop Poonagala Hill itself and neighboring the Dambatenne Tea Factory, offering a connection to history. Named after Sir Thomas Lipton, the renowned Scottish baron and tea planter, who once employed this spot to oversee his dominion in bygone days. Embarking on the Lipton’s Seat journey involves a roughly 7km ascent, enveloped by serene emerald tea estates and the occasional glimpse of vibrant tea pluckers. There are two accessible routes: one through the Nayabedda estate in Bandarawela, and the other via the Dambatenna estate in Haputale. These routes are marked by signage and meandering paved roads, some of which still bear remnants of British-era stone structures, contributing historical allure. The average ascent time hovers around two and a half hours, culminating upon reaching the hill’s summit.
From Lipton’s Seat, the expanse of Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Central, and Eastern provinces unfurls majestically, akin to the renowned World’s End viewpoint. This panoramic vista encompasses sights like Handapanagala Lake, Chandrika Lake, Udawalawe Lake, Wedihitikanda Mountains, and even the Southern coastal Hambantota harbor. To witness an even more breathtaking spectacle or to capture nature at its zenith, early morning visits preceding sunrise are recommended. As the sun emerges, its rays disperse the dense mist, unveiling a lush canvas of greens and browns below—a truly awe-inspiring scene. The opportunity to observe tea pluckers en route to their day’s labor adds a unique charm. However, for those favoring a later start, reaching the summit by 10 am offers a reasonably clear perspective.
- Begin the journey in the early morning.
- Enjoy snacks en route and head to Upper Diyaluma.
- Explore Dambulla Upper Diyaluma.
- Visit Dambulla Lipton Seat & Tea Plantations.
- Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
- English-speaking guide (or guide in specific language upon client request)
- Comfortable air-conditioned transportation
- 2 × 500ml water bottles per person
- Authentic Sri Lankan fruit tasting experience
- Entrance tickets
- Cost for Trekkers
- Lunch or any meals
Please be aware that these tours are currently primarily available for departure and return from Colombo and Negombo only. If you are located in other areas, kindly inform our operators during your conversation.
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