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Ravana Country: Photos from Ella Rock, Ravana Falls and Ravana Cave January 29, 2008

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I decided a while ago, that I am going to start exploring places that are referred to in the Ramayana epic. I took a trip up to Ella about 10 months ago, and here are some photos from that trip.Ravana Cave From The Inside

This is me in Ravana Cave in Ella in April 2007. I did this climb to the cave on the second day after having gone up to the top of Ravana Rock on the first. It took only an hour or forty five minutes to get up here after parking the car at the bottom of the hill near an ancient temple. It was a shorter climb, but it was scarier. My legs were like jelly afterwards, but I was glad I did it. This is where the legendary Ravana left Sita for safe-keeping. I bet there was some serious nookie going on inside this cave. There’s a tunnel at the back which according to legend leads to Ravana Eliya, which is between Hak Gala and Nuwara Eliya. Clearly, the former Emperor of Lanka knew the importance of exit strategy.

Ravana Falls


This is the view of Ravana Falls, from the balcony of my room at Ambiente. To get to the top of Ella Rock, you have to start by following the railtracks which go above the waterfall.On tope of Ravana Falls

This is the point at which the water becomes the fall.

Ella Gap

This is the view from the balcony of my room. That’s Ella Rock on the right which is the tallest mountain for miles. The one opposite is called Little Adam’s Peak, because apparently people think it looks like Adam’s Peak. I didn’t see the resemblance.

View from Ella Rock

This is the view from the top of Ella Rock. It takes about two hours to get here from Ambiente, if you know the way. The directions in the guidebooks are confusing, but half the fun is getting lost and finding your way. It took seven hours for the whole walk, including three hours spent lost in a forest.

Railtracks in the Mist

I finally got back along the railtracks, it was dusk, and the mist was moving in fast.

Ella has some of the best views in Sri Lanka, and in my opinion, it is highly underrated as a tourist destination, notably even by domestic tourists. Perhaps this is because it takes about 6 hours to get there by car from Colombo, but in my opinion it is worth it.


1. sanjeew - January 29, 2008

Dude,pictures dont load….can you get it sorted? cheers

2. Gallicissa - January 30, 2008

Ella is highly underrated as a tourist destination, I agree.

3. javajones - January 30, 2008

There’s also the mouth of a cave (now sealed) at the Dowa temple (between Bandarawela and Ella), that is said to lead underground to the cave near Ravanella Falls. It’s supposed to be the route that Rama and Sita took.

4. diordna - January 30, 2008

Man, would like to see it proper. Images do not load. Pls put on Flickr or other Photo site.

5. d - February 7, 2008

Hey Ravana, There’s a queue of relatives “across the water” lining up to gawk at your pictures, but they refuse to load. Help!

6. bea - February 8, 2008

Loved the pics, how I miss biking around Uva. The cave at Dowa links with the one at Bogoda (or so the monk told me, I didn’t check😉

7. Chandra Bandara - February 12, 2008

i am very much interested that u hv climbed Ella rock. i am involved in a reserch of Ravana. would lv rec the photographs.

8. Pradeep Jeganathan - May 18, 2008

great pics. what about thotupala kanda and rumassella next!?

9. kiranvarma - May 28, 2008

hi i am kiran jakkaram

10. Little Jo - June 4, 2008

A number of points on this Ravana;

Firstly – why did it take ten months to put these up?!

Secondly – Ella rock is impossible to climb without a local guide – as you know, I’ve tried three times and had got hideously lost on each and every occasion.

Thirdly – Completely agree, Ella has the best views on the Emerald isle.

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12. Asitha de silva - October 27, 2009

i am Asitha de silva
This i s a thru store ,i went to rawana cave 2 years a go.its not the place having photos hear.i am taling u about anothe place ,if u enter to that cave you can work more than 50km if u want its never end we work more than 15 km ,can u belive
if u not any one can contac me and as more details ,this is real story,

THEMIYA - November 2, 2009


abhijit a m - May 10, 2010

hi, asitha……it”s abhijit from india…. i just read your comment over “raavan’s” caves….. what exactly you want to tell about the pics loaded by “him”….
Are these fake…..? (i dont think)…. whatever it is, explain….
waiting for your reply…..

Palitha Priyanandana Wijesuriya - June 13, 2012

if you telling true… please contact me as soon as posasible.. 0715209806

amith - December 27, 2012

i like to know more about ravana cave..can u give informations what u have.. i am amith nalaka from kurunegala

13. saran - November 1, 2009

wow i love s.l

14. Vijitha Dias - February 12, 2010

Great work…appreciated

Can you tell us how did u reach to Ravana Caves?? I have been up to Ravana falls..

15. abhijit - May 10, 2010

Very exciting pics, one should appreciate your efforts and interests….
i would have been very glad if you had described it in some more words.. you really made me feel proud over our culture… but were there any evidences that “raavan” really stayed there…..?
if any…..

16. roshan - June 20, 2010


winderful photos. after seeing these photographs i decided to go to this place next week. is it possible to go near the waterfall by vehicle?
how to reach cave? please maip me whatever the details you can provide me.

17. surya prakash - June 29, 2010

wonder full,who do not believe on ramayana,this is nice lesson for all

18. CT - August 26, 2010

IS that you Ravana? You look pretty young even to have a grown up son?? Anyway, I wish you have more photos since I’d liek to bisit Ramayana places too in india and SL soon. I’ll start from the North though.

kanchana - October 19, 2010

i like meet you.. call me0717279790 …kanchana

19. kanchana - October 19, 2010

i like sex .. but my life very bad.. i wont mony.. 265 years..

ajay - August 18, 2011

ya i also

Jeet - July 25, 2012

I am ready.contact no.

20. kanchana - October 19, 2010

i like sex .. but my life very bad.. i wont mony.. 25 years..

21. Matt - June 6, 2011

Hm…. yes ravana story is real.. but there’s lots of places to be seen in Nuwara Eliya, which is belongs to ravana..

22. serandib - July 10, 2011

King Ravana is Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

23. ajay - August 18, 2011

dnt worry

24. Arun - October 24, 2012

Great pictures and information. Im just perplexed as to how you would make such fallen reference to ‘nookie going on in the cave’. Nookie means sex in English. Its disrespectful to everyone including Ravana, who never actually laid a hand on her in that sense…

25. المتخصص - March 21, 2013

Hello! I know this is kinda off topic but I was
wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form?
I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one?
Thanks a lot!

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