Natural resources,  Places,  Tourism

Rawana Water falls

Ravana Falls is another must visit in Ella. Hill country of Sri Lanka is quite popular for beautiful waterfalls and Ravana Falls is right at the top. This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft.) in high and cascade from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. The falls are quite impressive, and you can climb over some of the rocks to get a closer look and also the falls form part of the Ravana Wildlife Sanctuary and are located 6 km (3.7 mi) away from the local railway station at Ella.

The famous Ravana Ella Cave lies 1,370 m (4,490 ft.) above sea level on the foundation of a cliff. The cave is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, located 11 km (7 mi) away from Bandarawela Excavations undertaken in the cave uncovered evidence of human habitation dating back to 25,000 years.

The falls have been named after the legendary king Ravana, which is connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayanaya.  According to legend, it is said that Ravana (who was the king of Sri Lanka at the time) had kidnapped princess Sitha 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 Sitha) and his brother Laxman. 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 Rawanahatha over here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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