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Ravana's Cave, Ella

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The Ravana Falls is a popular sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country.DescriptionThis waterfall measures approximately 25m in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season, where the flow of water reduces dramatically. The falls form part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, and is located 6km away from the local railway station at Ella.Historical legendThe falls have been named after the legendary king Ravana, which is connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana. According to legend, it is said that Ravana (who was the king of Sri Lanka at the time) had kidnapped princess Sita, and had hidden her in the caves behind this waterfall, now simply known as the Ravana Ella Cave. The reason for the kidnapping is said to be a revenge for slicing off the nose of his sister by Rama (husband of Sita) and his brother Laxmana. At the time, the cave was surrounded with thick forests in the midst of wilderness. It is also believed that Rama’s queen bathed in a pool that accumulated the water falling from this waterfall.They believed that Ravana has played the Ravanahatha over here.The caveThe famous Ravana Ella Cave lies 1370m above sea level on the foundation of a cliff. The cave is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, located 11km away from Bandarawela. Excavations undertaken in the cave uncovered evidence of human habitation dating back to 25,000 years.
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  • If you have either watched or read about the Ramayan, then this is a good place to see. Not sure if any truth with the cave history but scenery high up is superb. Climb is both hard (especially at top...  more »
  • We weren't expecting very much from our visit here but actually really enjoyed it! We had to pay an entrance fee (think 150 rupees) but it wasn't a lot. Expect a very sweaty climb but it isn't to stre...  more »
  • The road is Honeysuckle but the reward is worth by the views and the mysterious of this cave
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  • not a difficult climb but it's no walk in the park. the cave is just a cave but if you like that sort of thing then you might enjoy it. the view gradually becomes more and more beautiful as you continue to ascend.
  • Climb 650 steps to see a scary cave. We visited in the morning no one around and it looks scary when you are alone.
  • Nice to see this, becoz im a indian and im frm kolkata, and i cant go this time their, so thanks for sgaring this photos
  • Great cave. Don't forget to visit the temple after you've climbed back down.
  • Cave...if you are cave fun you will like it otherwise...just cave...