A Kitulgoda waterfall
This is a waterfall near Kitulgoda. I don’t remember how to get there and I’m not especially inclined to give directions. It’s a small village growing into a town and everybody seems to know where this is. On this Avurudu day, seems like everyone came. The waterfall is about 12 feet high, but what makes it notable is that it empties into what seems to be a bottomless pit. You can stand on the edges, but then it just bottoms out. I couldn’t see, feel, or even imagine bottom. There are stories of people being caught in eddies, unrecoverable bodies, etc, but everyone was jumping in anyways. Me too.
The country is full of waterfalls, really, full of water. There are rivers and creeks and tanks and streams everywhere abouts, the water flows through rocks from the hills and creates many small falls like this. It all makes huge waterfalls, like in Ella, or Dunhinda. These are magnificent but not swimmable, at all. They’re actually rather dangerous. But these smaller ones seem manageable. Though they’re often not.
My family swimming
This waterfall was empty when we first arrived, but soon filled with people. We’d been wary to jump off the thing, not knowing the depth or rock situation, but like 10 year old kids were doing it, so we tried also. It’s fun. There are spots where the current is very strong, though, you have to be careful. I don’t know what was going on here geologically, underneath the falls really was a dark and bottomless pit.
As people arrived some set up camp on top of the falls, where they were drinking and smoking. I suspect this has more to do with the reported deaths than the falls themselves. Don’t drink and dive.