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Saules Waterfall (Saules ūdenskritums)

Saules Waterfall, May 2023
Saules Waterfall, May 2023. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

WorldBlue  In short

A bit away from the other waterfalls of Abava Valley, in a somewhat unexpected place is located the beautiful Saules Waterfall. This is a fairly large waterfall by Latvian standards – 1.8 m high and up to 4.2 m wide.

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GPS coordinates
56.9687 N 22.6148 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Kurzeme, Tukums municipality, Matkule parish, on a small brook that falls in Imula River
Name in Latvian, alternate names
Saules ūdenskritums
Saule Brook
Around 1.8 m, with two main cascades – 0.3 and 1.5 m
From 2.8 to 4.2 m

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Saules Waterfall with the upper cascade visible, May 2023
Saules Waterfall with the upper cascade visible, May 2023. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

Saules Waterfall is located in a comparatively flat area and is a kind of surprise find among the lush forests and rolling fields of this beautiful part of Kurzeme. The sounds of the falling water are heard some distance from it and, when a visitor enters the shallow ravine – indeed: there is a beautiful waterfall!

This fall has formed on the small Saules brook, that, most likely, is fed by springs. As a result, the water in the stream is lucid and it deposits lime: the waterfall is covered with a thin layer of tufa.

Water falls over the Devonian dolostone of Plavinas Stage. Waterfall has two main steps. The upper step is much smaller, some 0.3 m high and 3.8 m wide. Next step comes after few meters and is 1.5 m high and up to 4.2 m wide.

In the waterfall stands a concrete box for the water pump for the nearby farmstead.

  1. A. Grīnbergs. Latvijas ūdenskritumi un krāces. ISBN 978-9984-9986-6-4. 2011.

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