Situated about 20 kilometres from the central adventure town of Kitulgala, and 64 kms from the Grand Hotel, the Aberdeen Falls has been named after the city of Aberdeen, the third-largest city of Scotland and capital of Aberdeenshire.
The waterfall reaches a height of nearly 100 metres and springs out of the Kehelgamu Oya, a major branch of the Kelani River. The falls is known to be the 18th-highest waterfall in the country. According to local folktale, a tunnel is said to run between the Aberdeen Falls and the nearby Laxapana Waterfall.
If you simply wish to view the falls, an observation platform is located about the natural pool. However, if you intend on going up to the fall, then you cannot drive right up to the falls and in order to reach it, you must trek across approximately 1.2 kilometres along the road, and then climb over a steep set of steps leading to the waterfall. Hiking shoes are recommended, as climbing over the rocks near the falls can get slippery. The surging water of the stunning Aberdeen Falls cascades into a deep rock pool at its bottom, but you should be cautious that similar to a lot of natural attractions in Sri Lanka, the area is not monitored and thus should practice safety and caution when visiting the area.
Monsoon seasons can cause the water levels to rise rapidly and without warning, and swimming during rainfall is dangerous. It is best to visit the area between October and November, it’s driest between January and March.