A cave of history -Ravana Cave

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By 2017-10-01

By Uwin Lugoda

Located near the popular tourist destination Ella, Ravana cave is something directly out of legend. It is said that this is where King Ravana hid Princess Sita after kidnapping her. The cave is located just 2km from Ella town and 11km from Bandarawela. The cave isn't a big cave, as it only measures 50ft wide, 150ft long and 60ft high. But along with its rich history, it is a sight to behold. Any tourist visiting Ella visits the cave as it's one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

The cave lies 1,370m (4,490ft) above sea level on the foundation of a cliff. To get to the cave, first you need to go to Maha Ravana Viharaya and about 1km away you can find the cave. The climb to the cave is quite steep and tough, with about 650 steps. Caution has to be taken as these steps are uneven, steep and some areas don't have steps at all. The last bit of the climb is the hardest as there is nothing to hold on to. While quite unimpressive at first glance, the cave holds a secret pool inside called, 'Nil Diya Pokuna'. The room in which the famous hidden pond is located, is also thought to be where king Ravana hid Sita. It's recommended that a local who knows the cave be with you when entering the cave.

Ravana cave acts as one of those rare sites where Sri Lankan history and Indian history meet.
Ravana Fall
Named after the King Ravana

Ravana Fall is one of the most famous waterfalls in Sri Lanka attracting thousands of tourists each year. Apart from being a tourist favourite, it's also ranked as one of the widest in our country. The fall plays a huge part in the history of both Sri Lanka and India, as it's said to be named after the legendary king Ravana. Ravana who was the king of Sri Lanka at the time is said to have kidnapped princess Sita, and hidden her in a cave behind the waterfall, now called Ravana Ella cave.

This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. One of the best times to visit Ravana Falls is during the wet season, when it's said to resemble a flower with withering petals. But during the dry season the water level decreases drastically. The fall forms part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, and is located 6km (3.7 mi) away from the local railway station at Ella and 11km (7 mi) from Bandarawela. To get to the falls you can catch any bus heading to Wellawaya. Ravana Fall is also the perfect place for a swim and enjoy nature at its best. Care should be taken since the rocks are pretty slippery.

Since the waterfall is close to a tourist hot spot, Ella, it has become well renowned. Anyone who visits Ella is sure to pay Ravana Fall a visit. The fall gains fame even more due to its naturally photogenic look that entices even the most experienced of photographers. However the beauty of the falls cannot be experienced through a
photograph, Ravana falls has to be experienced in person.

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