12 August 2009

Spectacular Saint Clair


This dazzling waterfall known as St. Clair is one of the most admired waterfalls in Sri Lanka and most probably the widest of them all. It is situated close to Thalawakele Town which is about 25 km from Nuwara Eliya.

This waterfall is made out of Kothmale Oya, a tributary of River Mahaweli. It has two main steps and the entire falls is about 250 feet high. (The bottom step is not visible in the picture)

You can see the above view while traveling by train to Nanuoya. The same waterfall is one of the most preferred views for all commuters who travel along Nuwara Eliya - Hatton stretch of A7 main road.

St. Clair's Falls is one of the most spectacular sights in Sri Lanka.

41 comments:

Tammie Lee said...

yes indeed, it is spectacular. So is the land around it.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Tammie,
Thanks very much for your comments!

Sunny said...

So green and lovely.
Sunny :)

George said...

This is indeed a spectacular waterfall. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh My Goodness, K.... That is AMAZING. I love it. I always get so excited seeing waterfalls.... I asked George if he has seen this post yet and he said YES.

All I can say is WOW!!!!
Betsy

rainfield61 said...

Wishing all these waterfalls will wash away the bad parts of me...

Icy BC said...

Just a magnificent view! So majestic..

ranil said...

is this waterfall going to be dried up after the upper Kotmale project?

betchai said...

waterfall from afar and the very green landscape are just inspiring to see.

Gadgetgirl said...

Love the misty shades at the sides. =)

Kirigalpoththa said...

Sunny,
Yes I love the greenery around this area in addition to the silvery splash!

George,
You are welcome! This is known as Sri Lankan Niagara for its splendor and wide flow :)

Betsy,
George just commented before you :)
All the people who travel along the main road just over this falls never forget to spend at least a few minutes to get an eyeful of this magnificent falls. It is such an amazing scenery.

Rainfield,
That is a good wish, very humble one as well :)

Icy BC,
You are true. It is a majestic view!

Ranil,
I pray it won’t dry up after the project but definitely there will be a considerable effect :(

Betchai,
Yep, the very green landscape adds more beauty to the already spectacular scenery

Gadgetgirl,
Oh yes! I love them too :)

Thanks all for your wonderful comments!

ABRAHAM LĂ“PEZ MORENO said...

Verdaderamente fascinante esta cascada.
Un abrazo

Kirigalpoththa said...

Abraham Lopez Moreno,

Gracias! :)

Chavie said...

an attraction that anyone visiting Nuwara Eliya can't miss! :) I love Saint Clair and her sister falls at Devon... lovely photo K, and I think I've never seen the bottom-most step in a photograph! :)

Prospero said...

Kirigalpoththa, I enlarged the photo for a closer look. It is truly magnificent. What a national treasure.

Harumi said...

Wow.. such beauty.. I've heard it's one of the best spectacles in Lanka but this might be my first time seeing it surrounded by all that greenery. Makes a perfect scenery for a wall carpet! =D

Great capture and thanks a lot for sharing!

Luiz Ramos said...

Great Nature. Beautiful shot.

Michelle Johnson said...

Was this photo taken from the train? It's looks grand. Definitely beautiful.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Chavie,
Oh yes Devon is as good as her sister..
The bottom step of St clair is not visible that well from the road or railway track.
That little hill infront (With tea estate) covers the bottom part.

Prospero,
Yep it is a national treasure for sure!

Harumi,
For me this is the most attractive waterfall in Sri Lanka. It has such grandeur!
Sure it will fit to a very attractive wall carpet :)

Luiz Ramos,
Thanks for dropping by and for your comments!

Michelle,
Yes. This was taken from a train moving slowly :)

Thanks all for your comments!

Rajesh said...

Fabulous shot of the waterfall. It is always very refreshing to watch the waterfalls.

flyingstars said...

WoW...Really spectacular....lovely shot!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Rajesh and Flyingstars,

Thanks very much for your comments!

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

I love the pictures and the narration you include, they (the pcitures) are all wonderful. And I love learning about Sri Lanka.

I will be back!

Janie said...

Wow, this is a spectacular view!

Dave Coulter said...

Lovely photo....Our topography around here is quite flat, so we don't have waterfalls like that nearby!

SearchingSoul said...

Beautiful! I can feel the soothing peace it can give to a tired soul.

mommythecook said...

Just gorgeous...exactly how I remember it. An early morning capture right ?

Bim said...

This is beautiful scenery indeed!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Hi Jan,
Thanks for dropping by and I'm happy you like my narrations and the photos in the blog.
Saw your blogs and I'm impressed!

Janie,
Thanks for your comments and I love Utah Trails!

Dave,
I agree.. to form waterfalls you need mountainous terrain and a good amount of rain too. Thanks a lot for your comments :)

SearchingSoul,
Yes, you won't feel tired after passing this scenery. Thanks a lot for your comments!

Mommythecook,
Welcome back! :)
Yep..it was taken in the morning but not very early around 10am.
Thanks for your comments :)

Bim,
Thanks a lot for dropping by and for your comments :)

Martha Z said...

A very impressive waterfall.

luna miranda said...

beautiful! looks like a great place to cool off.

J Bar said...

It certainly is spectacular.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

looks really cool... wonderful Watery Wednesday shot!

Regina said...

Great place! Awesome

Marju said...

Wow, great picture!!

Kitty said...

Beautiful! And the land beside the falls is also lovely, too.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Martha / Luna Miranda / J Bar / Jan / Regina / Marju / Kitty,

Thanks all for your comments! :)

Arija said...

Lovely countryside with that great waterfall.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Arija,
Thanks a lot for your comments :)

Rob Ripma said...

Beautiful waterfall. Can you get up close to it?

Kirigalpoththa said...

Hi Rob,
Yes you can get closer but this one was taken on the way. I will try get closer and take more photos in the near future.
Thanks for dropping by and for your comments!