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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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  • this place has a big history in our country, find some books about ravana and seetha, a good love story, please read the story before you visit this place, good luck  more »
  • We go down there with Ella. Very heavy entrance down the stairs, we were already tired. The cave is nothing special. Polecałybyśmy not specifically to anyone. Rather as a complement to the day for someone who arrives by car, Scooter under different point of interest. 150LKR input.
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  • The walk up is actually more interesting than the cave. Although it is said to be Ravanas cave. Stille the walk up and down is recommendable, as there are lots of beautiful trees and plants on the way...  more »
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  • Nice hike with the scenic beauty. It would have been much better with proper lighting inside the cave. I saw huge number of birds nests inside the cave and also there were lots of bats. Steps were slippery when wet and needs extra attention with the small kids.
  • Interesting climb along the mountain. There is a proper pathway(steps) to reach this place. Could observe a lovely scenery while climbing and way back. Wel at the cave there isn't much to explore but whole trip could be use to explore flora and fauna at the area.
  • Great fun climbing 650 stairs. Though the final cave is closed for entry but the climb itself is fun and thrilling considering the history associated with the place. Beware of tuktuk charging more for taking you to the entrance. Cars can easily move till ticket counters
  • It was a long sweaty hike up. There is renovations going on. The cave itself is kind of disappointing as it is not deep nor much to look at. But it is rewarding to get up there and come down. Do stop for a tea/coffee or water at the lil shack. The view is amazing. :)
  • This was not worth the money we paid to walk up endless stairs that were not well kept, into a cave that was underwhelming and difficult to see, while being followed by a little boy who kept asking us for money. When we told him no, he said something rude to us and sulked away.
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