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Ravana Falls

Coordinates: 6°50′27″N 81°3′16″E / 6.84083°N 81.05444°E / 6.84083; 81.05444
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Ravana Falls
රාවණා ඇල්ල
Ravana Falls is located in Sri Lanka
Ravana Falls
LocationElla, Sri Lanka
Coordinates6°50′27″N 81°3′16″E / 6.84083°N 81.05444°E / 6.84083; 81.05444
Elevation1,050 m (3,445 ft)
Total height25 m (82 ft)[1]
WatercourseA tributary of Kirindi Oya.

Ravana Falls (Sinhala: රාවණා ඇල්ල, romanized: Ravana Ella) is a popular sightseeing attraction in Uva province of Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country.


This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) 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 are located 6 km (3.7 mi) away from the local railway station at Ella.[2]


The falls have been named after the legendary king Ravana, who is connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana. According to legend, it is said that Ravana (who was the king of 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 exact 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 by thick forests in the midst of the 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.[citation needed]

Ravana Ella cave[edit]

Stairs to the cave

The Ravana Ella Cave lies at 1,370 m (4,490 ft) above sea level on the foundation of a cliff. The cave is a popular local tourist attraction, located 11 km (7 mi) away from Bandarawela. Excavations undertaken in the cave uncovered evidence of human habitation dating back to 25,000 years.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Senanayake, Chanaka (2004). Sri Lankawe Diyaeli (in Sinhala) (1st ed.). Colombo: Sooriya publishers. pp. 51–52. ISBN 955-8892-06-8.
  2. ^ Details @ SriLankanWaterfalls.netRetrieved June 2009 Archived 2022-01-30 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Ravana Ella - Ravana Ella Ancient Temple". Department of Archeology (Sri Lanka). Archived from the original on 5 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2014.

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