The spectacular waterfall is about 30 meters high and falls off from a huge rock; and is incipient of the streams and brooks of Sri Lanka’s highest mountain range, Piduruthalagala (at 2524m). Lover’s Leap is not a large waterfall, nevertheless, is very beautiful.

Located at Hawa Eliya, 1.5km from Nuwara Eliya, Lover’s Leap is the closest waterfall to the Nuwara Eliya town.

Waterfall trekking up Lovers Leap is a popular attraction famous for the legend behind the name of the waterfall. Legend has it, that a Prince who lived in Nuwara Eliya had met a beautiful girl in a nearby village and fell in love with her. But the king did not allow the Prince to carry on with his love affair. The Prince who suffered a lot by his father’s ruling, on one full moon day climbed up the top of the rock with his fiancée and jumped of the rock fall. Thus, the waterfall was aptly named Lovers Leap.

The trek:

Begin the journey walking up a stoned path flanked by beautiful tea plantations, amongst pristine greenery; you’ll arrive at the fountain of the Southern slope of Mount Pedro.

Feel the slight spray of waterfall against your face as you step over the rocky landscape and learn about the significance of this site. The tours are conducted by the in-house Naturalist of Jetwing St. Andrew’s who will guide and keep you well-informed, pointing out any wildlife hiding from you.

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Location:

Latitude         6.978

Longitude      80.786

State               Central Province

District           Nuwara Eliya

Biodiversity of Lover’s Leap:

The main vegetation type: Montane rain forest or Cloud forestIMG_9944

A cloud forest, also called a fog forest, is a generally tropical or subtropical, evergreen, montane, moist forest characterized by a persistent, frequent or seasonal low-level cloud cover, usually at the canopy level. The trees become progressively more stunted and closely spaced, their trunks slender, their branches twisted, and forest canopy lower, only about 12 m (rarely 20 m) above the forest floor.

This area also supports a population of the Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) recognized by IUCN (1996) as a threatened genotype. The leopard is also the largest carnivore in Sri Lanka.

Conservation of Lover’s Leap:

Jetwing believes that tourism only works well when a complex and intimate relationship with the local community and the environment strikes a harmonious balance. Jetwing St. Andrew’s and Nuwara Eliya Municipal Council organized a Tree planting programme along with a “shramadana campaign” at Lover’s Leap waterfall area to collect polythene and plastic left by irresponsible visitors. These initiatives were orgnized parallel to the World Environmental Day 2016.

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Special Note:   “Take only memories leave nothing but footprints” to preserve this place to future

 

References:
Pethiyagoda, R. (Ed.) (2012). Horton Plains: Sri Lanka Cloud Forest National Park.Wildlife Heritage Trust, Colombo 2, Sri Lanka.

Excursion Booklet of Jetwing St. Andrew’s 

By Ishanda Senevirathna, Resident Naturalist of Jetwing St. Andrew’s