Tourism protects and preserves the many fantastic waterfalls to be found in Sri Lanka Hill Country
The wonder of waterfalls is well known to the millions of tourists who visit Sri Lanka and gaze at some of our spectacular cataracts.
Australian academic Brian Hudson knows this, and has written a learned treatise on the subject.
But it is his book ‘Waterfall: Nature and Culture’ that has attracted the most attention, and is the subject of a lengthy review in the Economic Times of India.
Editor Vikram Doctor writes that “the attraction and hazards of waterfalls are a universal phenomenon, and the reasons we respond this may may have deep roots”.
“Studies have shown how humans are fascinated by water in motion, and waterfalls offer the most dramatic examples.”
But he notes that, sadly, our insatiable demand for power, specifically hydroelectricity, means that many spectacular waterfalls have disappeared as the flow of the river is reduced.
However, he says, “if anything has helped preserve them, it is tourism”, since “waterfalls were among the first natural attractions that people travelled to see, particularly in inland areas”.
That and the movies, especially Bollywood, with films like Ram Teri Ganga Maili and Satyam Shivam Sundararn “neatly playing on the spectacle of soaked saris”.
He concludes: “No wonder then that crowds gather at waterfalls in the monsoon, seeking the purifying and titillating thrill of waterfalls.”
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