Situated at the western side of the knuckles mountain range, Sembuwatta lake which is a must see location in Sri Lanka. Even though, it is situated 25 Km away from the Matale city and 30 km away from Kandy. The journey to there is worth the effort. Not only the lake itself but also the view on the way is as much as breathtaking. The elevation is 1100 meters.


The lake belongs to the Elkaduwa Plantations Ltd . The lake is maintained and kept opened to the visitors by the Cooperative Society of the Elkaduwa State Workers. Therefore, when you enter the lake you will have to pay. On the way to the lake you will see the pipe lines which are used to generate electricity to run the factory and a small waterfall where the pipe lines get its water.

The lake is created by natural water spring. It is surrounded by mountains and the water load held by a damn which is only few meters long. According to the villagers, the lake is 20 to 30 feet deep.


The history of this magnificent lake is goes into the Colonial times. This place is once a Polo playground and then the lake had built by British planters to get hydro electricity power for the tea factory. The large tea factory which is presently not operating can be seen at the main entrance of the Sembuwatta lake ticketing counter.

Sembuwaththa Lake and Leisure Park is designed in a way to provide a fantastic holiday destination with lots of leisure activities and facilities by the present management. Now you can walk right around it. There are huts where you can eat your meal, watch the sunset, or just relax. Swimming pool with natural spring water is there surrounded by the tea estate. The water is clean because it is continuously been replaced. If you look carefully, you will also see beautiful birds singing on the treetops on the way.

Travelers who are interested in camping overnight at the location are provided a package that includes a security guard/cook and other necessary equipment (Gas Cooker, Rice Cooker, and Generator).
As a film location
This is a popular location for shooting films and tele dramas due to the fantastic environment which is rarely found on earth.
Nearby Attractions   
Hunnas waterfall 10 km Kandy 30 km Polgolla Dam 30 minutes drive
Knuckles - One hour drive Riverston - One hour drive Pinnawala Elephant
Orphanage One hour &
15 minutes drive
Matale Alu Viharaya 25 km Victoria Golf club One hour drive