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Sri Lanka beckons with its captivating landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality. The charming Aberdeen Waterfall is in the middle of the eco-friendly hills of Sri Lanka’s central highlands. The waterfall is named after Aberdeen, a big city in Scotland. British people who used to be in charge of Sri Lanka gave this name when they ruled the country. With a majestic plunge into a natural pool, this waterfall offers more than just a sightseeing opportunity. It provides an environment for you to get into the soul of Sri Lanka’s picturesque nature. It is a wonderful spot for those looking to reunite with nature as they can feel the calmness around them.

Aberdeen Waterfall: Geology

Water Plunging into Pool at Aberdeen Waterfall Sri Lanka

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Aberdeen Waterfall clearly shows how water has shaped the earth over centuries. Over time, the Kelani River which happens to be the fourth largest river in Sri Lanka managed to cut through the mountain range. What makes Aberdeen Waterfall in Sri Lanka so unique is its unusual double-tier cascade. In contrast with single-tier waterfalls, there are two separate yet closely aligned vertical falls at Aberdeen. The descending water offers a powerful visual impact and a thrill that echoes off thunderous sounds formed by Mother Nature. The green hills surrounding the waterfall are lush and vibrant which will create an unforgettable experience.

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Aberdeen Waterfall Resort

Stay at Aberdeen Waterfall Resort in Sri Lanka.

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The Aberdeen Feel Resort is located amidst the tropical greenery of Sri Lanka, right in front of the Aberdeen Waterfall. People who are nature enthusiasts will be attracted to this place because it offers an unforgettable experience. The resort ensures environmental mindfulness and contemporary comforts blended with natural surroundings. The rooms are equipped with everything you need for a relaxing day from air-conditioners, electric kettle, television to working tables and cloth racks. You can also try out some delectable options offered at the in-house restaurant. Their traditional Sri Lankan dishes are served daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner so that you can enjoy regional flavours.

Things To Do At Aberdeen Falls

Whether you are an experienced adventurer or a nature lover looking for a peaceful hideaway, you will find plenty of things to do at Aberdeen Falls all day long.

1. Take A Refreshing Swim

Enjoy Swimming at Aberdeen Waterfall Sri Lanka

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Swimming is the most popular activity amongst the visitors at Aberdeen Falls. There are shallow areas in the natural pool created by Falls for the beginners and there are areas where the water is quite deep for the expert swimmers. This activity becomes a lot more attractive and refreshes you as you reach here after a hike. You can enjoy nature completely while swimming as you are surrounded by a green canopy and lush forest. Swim only within indicated areas or those that residents assure are safe for swimming. Do not plunge directly below the waterfall since there may be a strong flow.

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2. Photography At Aberdeen Falls

Capture a scenic view of Aberdeen Waterfalls and surrounding greenery.

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With its two-tier fall, lush green forest and relaxing pool, Aberdeen Falls is a paradise for any photographer. The most favourable time is early in the morning before 10 am and late evening after 4 pm. A soft morning light diffuses into the falls, making them glow warmly and emphasising even small trickles of water flowing down. In the afternoon, there will be enough light and shadows to highlight the strength of this waterfall. Both tiers of this falling cascade have their distinct characters that can be caught through your camera lens. Also adding life to your photos is their leafy green backdrop filled with ferns as well as other tropical flora available here.

3. Have A Meal With A View

Aberdeen Waterfalls is a perfect family weekend getaway for all.

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The area around Aberdeen Falls offers an ideal picnic spot where people can rest and enjoy the scenic beauty surrounding it. Look for open spaces having flat grassy surfaces to have your rug spread on them for meals. Just imagine yourself surrounded by the refreshing sound of the waterfall, and cool breeze swaying over leaves. There are no shops or restaurants near the falls so it is important to pack a lunch or snacks beforehand to avoid any inconvenience. Pack easy-to-carry food such as sandwiches, wraps, fruits and salads. Unwind beneath the branches of a tree relishing in your delectable meal while adoring the beauty of the surrounding nature.

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4. Explore Hiking Trails

Hiking Trails around Aberdeen Waterfalls are a must-try for a thrilling experience.

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Most hikers who have a decent fitness level will appreciate these routes through forests with diverse flora and fauna. The trails around Aberdeen Falls are well-maintained featuring marked paths and occasional wooden bridges. It is perfect for families with teenagers or adults as the hikes are about 1-2 kilometres long depending on your chosen route. You might come across some kingfishers with colourful feathers, orioles known for their melodious songs and various flycatchers flying among tree branches. These trails usually lead to scenic viewpoints which offer beautiful views over surrounding landscapes. As you go deeper into the forest, you may come across a stream that is cascading its way through rocks and its water is crystal clear.

Nearby Attractions Around Aberdeen Waterfalls

Aberdeen Falls is an amazing site in itself but there are several other locations to go around when you are in Sri Lanka. Below are some attractive locations that you should have in mind when planning your trip.

1. Kitulgala

 Kitulgala, a must-see attraction near Aberdeen Waterfalls

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Kitulgala is known internationally as one of the finest places for white-water rafting. Apart from white-water rafting, Kitulgala offers various other adventure options such as mountain biking along challenging trails, Kayaking on calm stretches of the Kelani River, and rock climbing on granite walls. The movie ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai,’ directed by David Lean was shot here. Kitulgala has deep cultural roots. Visit some of the nearby temples like Dewalegama Temple which has very beautiful architecture as well as a vibrant atmosphere. You can also get a taste of authentic Sri Lankan dishes cooked from fresh local produce that reflects the culinary heritage of this region.
Distance from Aberdeen Waterfall: 14.9 km
Best Time To Visit: January to March

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2. Hatton

Tea plantations of Hatton

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Hatton is a town located in the central highlands where tranquillity can be sought by anyone who wants to have some rest from the hustle and bustle of the cities. In Hatton, you can feel the smell of brewed Ceylon tea as soon as you enter this city. Tea was introduced by the British during their colonial rule due to its suitability with Hatton’s ecosystem. You can have a tour of a tea plantation where you can understand the entire process. The food scene in Hatton consists of an interesting blend of Lankan and European delicacies. Try some typical dishes like kottu roti (shredded flatbread with vegetables and spices) or Kiribati (milk rice).
Distance from Aberdeen Waterfall: 28.7 km
Best Time To Visit: January to April

3. Seetha Eliya (Sita Temple)

Seetha Eliya, a must-visit temple


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The history of Seetha Eliya which is also called Sita Temple lies strongly in Sri Lanka’s mythological tales. About 18km away from Nuwara Eliya, this temple has great significance, especially among Hindus who believe in the Ramayana. It is believed that Ravana kept Sita, the wife of the Hindu deity Rama after abducting her at this place. The temple is believed to have been built on the same site and serves as a place of pilgrimage for people who want to honour Sita for her devotion and strength. On top of being a religious visit, travelling to Seetha Eliya allows you to experience great scenery offering glimpses into lush tea plantations and beautiful mountain ranges.
Distance From Aberdeen Waterfall: 69.9 km
Best Time To Visit: November to April

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4. Hakgala Botanical Garden

Majestic Hakgala Botanical Garden

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Hakgala Botanical Gardens started in 1861 and till now it has maintained a collection of indigenous and exotic plants offering unique perspectives about Sri Lankan botany culture. It comprises various sections with different themes and covers an area of 57 hectares. The Rose Garden is a paradise of colours bursting with a bouquet of fragrances. You can also explore the Japanese Garden, where you will find bonsai trees, and meticulously raked gravel. The Hakgala Botanical Garden also has some towering trees which are centuries old. The are a variety of birds flying around this awesome garden which makes it even more interesting.
Distance from Aberdeen Waterfall: 71.6 km
Best Time To Visit: Mid March to the end of April

Location & How To Reach Aberdeen Waterfall

 Nuwara Eliya District

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Aberdeen Falls is located near Ginigathhena Town in Nuwara Eliya District of Sri Lanka. It takes about 3 ½ hours’ drive from Colombo. You can either take a public bus that goes towards Ginigathhena or rent a car depending on your budget and preference. If you are travelling by bus, you will be able to easily find local taxis or tuk-tuks that will take you to the falls. Aberdeen Falls is easily accessible in comparison to other waterfalls. The viewpoint is just 1.2 kilometres away from the parking area. The path may become slippery during the rainy season so plan your trip accordingly and take precautions.

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Aberdeen Falls is more than just another waterfall as it’s an experience that awakens your senses and brings you closer to nature. Whether you want a respite from your daily life or need to reconnect with wildlife; Aberdeen Falls is your ultimate destination for creating wonderful memories. Pack your bags now and book your trip to Sri Lankato experience this cascading waterfall.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Aberdeen Waterfall

Do I have to pay an entrance fee at Aberdeen Waterfall?

There is no entrance fee at Aberdeen Falls. So you do not have to worry about any entry fees, just enjoy the view.

What is the best time to visit Aberdeen Waterfall?

The best time to visit Aberdeen Falls Sri Lanka is between November to April as the skies are clear and the weather is good. So plan your visit accordingly.

Are there any Leeches near the waterfall?

Leeches can be found in the rainy season so you can avoid them by applying insect repellents and wearing long trousers. Hence be careful.

Can we visit Aberdeen Falls?

It is generally safe to visit this waterfall but the rocks near the falls can be slippery so you need to be careful about that. Make sure your shoes have a firm grip.

What are the essential things that I need to pack for my trip to the Waterfall?

Pack comfortable clothes, shoes with good grip, sunscreen lotion, hat, sunglasses, reusable water bottles and some snacks.

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