Rawana Falls

Rawana Falls

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The Ravana Falls (popularly known as Ravana Ella in Sinhala) is a popular sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country. This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in high and cascade 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 2 km (1 mi) away from the local railway station.

The falls have been named after the legendary hindu character 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. 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.

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.

 

Recommended review time for sightseeing: 30 m



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Tourist reviews about Rawana Falls

Nice brake.
585Petr [TA], , Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Our driver stopped there (as many times before) on our way from Nuwara Eliya to Yala. In spite of warning signs, locals were bathing in the small lake, and making their hygiene routines. Lots of other locals selling the junk, but were already used to them. Nice short break on the way, but I wouldn't travel just see this attraction on its own.

Full of waste
Anne R [TA], , Copenhagen, Denmark

This place could be beautiful but too much disgusting stinking waste spoil the experience. The walk from Ella is not very interesting.- you walk on the road all the time. Advice: walk only one way (down the hill) and take a tuk-tuk on your way home.

Refreshing dip!
weave24 [TA], , Northampton, United Kingdom

A ten minute bus ride from Ella and you are at the falls with a refreshing pool at the bottom for you to take a much needed swim in.

Perfect

Beautiful
Helen W [TA], , Branxton, Australia

The falls are worth seeing and we particularly liked watching all the local kids playing in the water. Be aware of touts trying to sell rocks!!!! They can be very pushy. There are quit a lot of monkeys around as well and are a constant source of amusement.

Worth it
Chanelwoo... [TA], , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The waterfall is just nice and is near to the road. And can eaily take photos when you get of the bus.

Another great creation of mother nature
Danushka... [TA], ,

Waterfall is just next to the Ella - Wellawaya main road. Breathtakingly beautiful waterfall. It comes with lots of legendary stories related to King Ravana. Very dangerous to bath in the waterfall.

A trickle now but wait for the monsoon
AndreaHav... [TA], , London, United Kingdom

A beautiful fall with the road crossing it. Even when water levels are low it's worth a look as the rocks are lovely.

On our way
John A [TA], , Doha, Qatar

Stayed in Ella town and took a bus to this place. One way bus ticket Rs 27 and takes about 25-30 minutes to reach. Buses are generally crowded but it was a good experience.
Named after myth Ravana - villain of the story Ramayana. Lovely dip, back massage by water fall and eat a salted boiled corn.

Nice view
chameecdn [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

Beautiful waterfall and the view. There is a place to bath. But be careful when bathing. The place is not very good place to bath.

Spectacular
Sunnyside... [TA], , Ella

Beautiful natural waterfall, can be seen from a distance either from Ella side or coming up from Wellawaya. Great place for admiring the beauty of creation.

Beautiful falls
mgprabhu [TA], , Mangalore, India

The falls is picturesque. Also you can play in the water. Spent a good time here after the hike to Ravana caves. Even if you dont like to take a dip in the water, its a good place to stop and take a photo.

Beware of the monkeys, though !

Short stop, nice waterfall by the road!
AdamCW92 [TA], , Horsham, United Kingdom

Not too much to say about this place really. On the road from Ella in the mountains southwards towards the coast, around 20 minutes outside Ella you come across a this waterfall. Not too many people around it when we passed. Loads of Brown Macaques running around the fall was nice to see although one eating a plastic bag reminded me of how destructive we are!

Theres a slight drought at the moment so it wasn't overly picturesque but i enjoyed climbing over the rocks and getting up close to the monkeys.

Wouldn't take time out of my day in Ella to specifically see this as there are much better walks around Ella but definitely worth a stop if your heading south.

Nice enough
malnit56 [TA], , London, United Kingdom

You can easily see this from the road, We were here early February, and it did not seem to be great, not an awful lot of water guzzing down I am afraid.
There were some people selling some foods and souvenirs in the area.

Impressive for a roadside attraction
RTWtravel... [TA], , Bangkok

Usually, you have to hike a bit to find a nice waterfall like this. But Ravana Falls is right along side the road. There are some tourist stands selling souvenirs and food which take away from the natural beauty. But if you are heading up to Ella, by all means, get out and take a photo.

a waterfall where you can swim
tianyi z [TA], , Beijing, China

We enroute visited this waterfall. It's nice, though not big. Some local ppl as well as some visitors swim/bathe there. So be there with swimwear so that you can better enjoy it.

Climbing the falls
RosannaLo... [TA], ,

Drove done to the falls from Ella to get wet and really wanted to climb it. Two police quickly told me off so it was a no go in the day time. Got up at 5:30 the following morning and climbed it all te way to the base of the main fall. Really fun and amazing views. Be careful though as many ppl have died on the falls but if your careful then te reward at the top is amazing. 8.5/10

pretty but not very high
dianagray [TA], , East Sussex

It's quite busy, on a corner, but not worth going specially, just drive past and you can see all there is.

Pretty waterfall
SKT_2012 [TA], , Sydney, Australia

This waterfall was pretty but we only spent about 10 mins there. Good activity if you are looking to fill in a lazy day but not worth going to if you are short on time.

Ravana Falls - breathtaking view
Nuzraan [TA], , Colombo

Enjoyed the fall en route Udawalawe. Clean environment and breathtaking views, never to miss attraction in Ella.

Pretty and accessible
Sheath27 [TA], , Sydney

Like most waterfalls the place is surrounded by touts but it is a beautiful scene. Being so close to Ella it is quite simple to grab a tuk tuk and head down to it.

Biggest is not best
Wizard77... [TA], , Poole, United Kingdom

Ravana Ella Falls are big, commercialised and a long way out of Ella.
Far better are Little Ravana Falls, - peaceful and local.
These are accessed via a walk along the railway track from Ella Station ( check train timetable!)
The trains only travel at 15kph as they traverse the rickety bridge by the falls.
Should you need refreshment, there are several cafes right on the track side.

Nice to see
Gilbert V [TA], , Birkirkara, Malta

If you're passing by, it is a nice place to stop for a couple of photos. We went there in October, so the place was not crowded.

perfect bathing place
Haching [TA], , Unterhaching, Germany

great waterfalls nearby the street. You should be there in the morning before locals start washing themthelves there.Great place to refresh!

Nice stop-over
_xKeu_ [TA], , Dubai, United Arab Emirates

It is on a busy road-side, full of other tourists and salesmen, but it is beautiful nevertheless. Take some time, get up close, even go for a little swim if you dare.

Crowded
Sherine I [TA], , Atlanta, Georgia

But make it a point to swim if you can. Take something basic fora dip at the base of the falls (at your own risk of course!)

Good
Go-green2... [TA], , Singapore

It's a huge waterfall ..we saw few people bathing there. Carefull! as lots of monkeys there around.Becarefull as people might come up to u and give u some white false stone saying its for good luck n then later ask for money. There are few souvnior shops around ..do lot of bargain if you are planning to buy something.

Beautiful but crowded
Owain H [TA], , Bedminster, United Kingdom

Lovely series of waterfalls, but atmosphere was slightly edgy - lots of young sri lankan men eyeing us up and offering to help us climb the rocks for a fee. Very very busy, loads of people in the pool and even more people selling tat on the roadside.

Lovely fall but to many salesmen
Miss-Worl... [TA], , Copenhagen, Denmark

The waterfall is beautiful, but the many sales persons are really annoying for the tourists. Loved the monkeys though!

On the way from Ella
Hafsal [TA], , Auckland, New Zealand

Ravana Falls is one of my best places in Sri Lanka. I have visited this place several times and I carry lots of wonderful memories about this place.

Refreshing
Sanxe [TA], , Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The visit to this place was fun. However, some more information should be provided in English at the venue. The cheap eats at outside stalls are also a steal.

beauty of nature
Gaminims7... [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

it is very nice to see in rainy season. and there is an interesting legend about this water fall. ask it from a Sri Lankan,

Swim with the kids
Kate P [TA], , eastleigh

We loved the sight and sound of this beautiful waterfall and did swim (very briefly) there - you have to be really careful asrocks slippery and I have to say it was a bit nerve wracking with the kids but if you've risk assessed your own situation, weather conditions etc. and happy its a lovely memory to have.

Very pretty area
Barnsleys... [TA], , St Andrews

This is a magnificent site, just at the side of the road, there is parking and opportunity for photographs but be aware of locals trying to sell stones for the water

Not very big in scale but lovely nonetheless
la_speran... [TA], , Hong Kong, China

It's a charming spot for photos and a bit of a rest. Locals love to hang out here for photos and romantic dates. Some annoying sellers around but they weren't major problems. Overall, a nice little stop on one's way to Ella.

Picturesque view
mahesh991... [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

This waterfall is part of kirindi oya and locate approximately 5 km away from the Ella town along Ella Wellawaya Road.If you carry a camera it is a great opportunity. Also do not forget to take your swim suits too.

Fantastic
kaljuorav [TA], , Tallinn, Estonia

This is a must see near Ella even if you're more into watching old buildings and don't care much about nature.

Great for a Quick Visit for Corn on the Cob and Pictures!
kbacon201... [TA], , Milton Keynes

A lovely little stop on the way to Ella Village. A lot of locals here, selling precious rocks, food etc. I would definitely recommend eating a steamed Corn on the Cob, super cheap and very tasty. A good photo opportunity and place to stretch your legs. No fee for the waterfalls - just get your driver to stop alongside the road. There are no bathroom facilities here.

Beautiful
Datanet [TA], , Colombo

Well worth a visit. One of the most beautiful falls in Sri Lanka. Visit the near by Ravana caves and temple

Amazing falls
Berry-SA [TA], , South Australia

In the rainy season these falls are full and give a spectacular display. Well worth a visit. We visited the falls in April over the Tamil New Year so there were lots of locals at the falls. Be cautious of locals trying to give you rocks for good luck, they actually want money for them.

Fun experience!
fixureyes... [TA], , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

We stopped on the side of the road, and although there's not much there, we really enjoyed these falls. The waterfall was close and you could get some good photos in front of it. There were a few fruit stands set up and some beggars trying to sell stones, etc. I say buy a few and support the local people! In addition to the beautiful waterfall, there were lots of monkeys running around which was good entertainment. One monkey grabbed a bag of fruit from a man's hand and ran away to eat it. My friend was sitting on the cement ledge and a monkey came very close to her; I was able to lean in and get a photo near the monkey. When we were walking back to the van, we got a monkey "show" if you know what I mean. It was a fun 45 minutes!

Beautiful but only needs a quick visit
Clairesmi... [TA], , London, United Kingdom

We were on our way into Ella and drove past the waterfall and stopped to take in the view. It's right by the side of the road so no real parking and cars all lined up.

It didn't really look like it was a place to stop swim, eat etc, just to quickly snap some shots of the water fall and the nearby monkey activity. I'm pleased we managed to combine with another journey rather than spend the money to go there specifically.

Waterfall at side of road
Sue C [TA], , Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

It is worth a quick stop to stretch your legs and admire the waterfall from the side of the road. As others have said there are plenty of hawkers trying to sell you stones or trinkets. Easy enough to ignore.

Definitely stop by..
Sithirarr [TA], , Melbourne, Australia

It worth stopping to look at this waterfall. Its about 7-8 km away from Ella town and it is also very easy to find. Just like another waterfall it has a calming effect. Water is very cold and really pure. It is not just the waterfall landscaping surrounding it also is breathtaking. It is worth spending about hour or so to enjoy the view.

Lovely waterfall; great place to meet some locals
sgtbilko... [TA], , London, United Kingdom

Although this is just a waterfall, it is pretty big and you can clamber on the rocks to dip in the rock pools. its also a great place to meet some locals and understand sri lankan family life; they are very communal and sociable people. we met two families and two monks on a day trip as well as some locals feeding corn to monkeys. an enjoyable two hours.

Worth a visit
JdaC0sta [TA], , Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom

To reach Rawana Water falls from Ella you can face a quite nice landscape, either by tuktuk or walking, along Ella Gap. The water falls from an high area, which gives this place a spectacular view.

Beautiful
Cia1987 [TA], , Exeter, United Kingdom

Perfect for a refreshing dip in the muggy hill country climate! Beautiful falls but full of tourists and the inevitable touts that come with it.

Good to see already on the way to Ella
TomasF16 [TA], , Prague, Czech Republic

Very nice place, dont miss it. If you arrive to Ella on the road from the bottom, you will see it.
many monkeys around...
Dont take /or buy any useless stones/coins from the harassing people and maybe in a future they will stop bothering tourists any more

nice view
smistel [TA], , Tallinn, Estonia

The waterfall looks nice, and is easily accessible, very conveniently near the road. But there are people trying to sell you some stones and some garbage near the water that ruins the site. It takes just about 10 minutes there to just enjoy the site, take some photos, and then drive on.

Stop. shoot and move
Zuiver [TA], , Cascais, Portugal

The falls are very nice. The people harassing you aren't. It's not as clean as it deserved to be. Still it is worth a visit even if only for the spectacular scenario you'll be able to see on the road down from Ella! The mountains and the green will make you want to live there!

worth a stop
Highbroom... [TA], , Surrey UK

there was plenty of water so the falls were dramatic. Not too croweded. wonderful views through the journey.

Skip if possible
Dr Rajen... [TA], , Mumbai (Bombay), India

If there is very crowdy skip.
People take bath and then you drink the same water if it is very heavy rush then skip

Worth a stop
Mary38677 [TA], , Coventry, United Kingdom

We had seen these waterfalls from afar from the train earlier in the holiday ,so it was good to see them up close.As waterfalls they are quite impressive ,and there were people cooling off under the water.
There are lots of stalls on the side of the road ,selling food ,drink and trinkets .

15 minute stop to stretch your legs
cultergol... [TA], , Scotland

Took a trip down the hill from Ella to view this site. As waterfalls go, I'm not sure what everyone gets excited about. They are mentioned in all the tour guides, so I guess that's why they get visited. Lots of touts trying to sell you stones and stuff.

Beauty of Nature
Joe P [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

One could view this gorgeous waterfall at the bottom, when travelling on the Ella-Wellawaya Road,
in Srilanka.The pure crystal like water gushing down the mountain side is a spectacular site.The best time to view it is during the rainy season.Not advisable to bathe.

history lived out
Jaydeep S [TA], , Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

This place is a pretty good side stop. For Hindus across the world however, it is like living through the great legends.
One can even splash about in the falls and the local street stall offers trinkets, souvenirs and even snacks.
The water itself is clean, though the surrounding is litered with plastic wrappers and the like.

On way to this place, you will pass through some spectacular views.

Stunning.
PoidaK [TA], , Brisbane, Australia

We saw the falls from the bottom and the top.

The bottom view is about 6 km out of town on the road south (towards Tissa) - so, if you're heading that way have your driver stop for a picture. Otherwise, tuk tuks can take you there for a visit.

We also walked along the train tracks to a spot that overlooks the falls. That's a nice way to spend an hour or two.

nice view on the road side
Nichell3 [TA], , Bali, Indonesia

i thought i have to walk a bit to find this Ravana Falls in the middle of misty forest. it is just on the road side ... the falls itself is nice though ... a bit turn down that we could not feel the freshness of the water

Ravana Ella Falls
MumbaiRid... [TA], , Mumbai

A beautiful gushing waterfalls. A person can have a bathe in the clean gushing waters of this waterfall.Its a bit far from Ella town and requires private vehicle transport.

Spectacular views
Bigbrudda [TA], , Manchester

Incredible view of this waterfall. We visited the day after a torrential rainstorm meaning the water was even faster. Beware of the hawkers asking for English coins for there 'children' and selling gem stones which are not local as you would think.

Spectacular
Ejidy [TA], , Hobart, Australia

The falls were spectacular when we visited in November after heavy rains. It's a shame about the litter left lying around by the locals though.

one of most beautiful water fall in sri lanka
Uditha W [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

one of best waterfall in sri lanka,but if you plan to have a bath be careful because it is water level changes suddenly.just feel the attraction.that is better.

Good walk
Helen R [TA], , Sitrah, Bahrain

We walk down to the waterfalls .its 6 kms.
Nice walking. And the fall was not so rich due to dry season. many locals there. can catch the bus back.

Fantastic falls!
bigmeads2... [TA], , Sheffield

Make sure you visit this falls on your visit to Ella. Jump in a tuk tuk or get your driver to take you their. This is a popular site with both tourists and locals. Take spare clothes so you can dive in!

Get to the top!
Julie P [TA], , Aylesbury, United Kingdom

A lovely place, make sure you get someone to take you up to the secret swimming hole at the top though as it's quiet and peaceful and not full of locals washing themselves and their clothes!

I love the tea shop up the hill
sherodean... [TA], , London

It's all a bit touristy, but if you go out of season, it's just lovely. I have a fantasy of one day buying that tea shop up the hill and selling home-made Victoria sponges.

Beautiful waterfall can be seen from the main road.
Tharaka A [TA], , Muscat, Masqat, Oman

The Ravana Ella falls is a quite beauty which can be easily be seen from the main road. This also can be seen from the peak of the Ella rock when there's no mist.

Nice place to swim
nathaliev... [TA], , Antwerp, Belgium

It's a nice place to spend an afternoon in Ella. The waterfall is very beautiful. During the weekend it's a place where the locals come to wash them. You can walk to the top from the waterfall and swim there. There is a steep road right from the waterfall. It's really worth to go upstairs and see the amazing view!

Nice slice of local life
DavidOg [TA], , Bangkok, Thailand

Teh falls themselves are pleasant enough, but it was the local culture surrounding it that was more interesting. Mid to late afternoon is probably the best time to visit.

Fabulous place to swim in a waterfall
Malby [TA], , UK

Lovely safe shallow pool at the bottom of a waterfall.

Bliss!!

Worth a visit
Abdurrahm... [TA], , Kabul, Kabol, Afghanistan

The place worth an hour or two if you want to swim 100 meters high from the ground in natural water pool.

Lovely waterfall in a hillcountry of Sri Lanka
vika_h121... [TA], , Kharkiv, Ukraine

On the road from Tissamaharama to Haputale we made a short stop near the Ravana Waterfalls. An interesting place with a fairly high waterfall. As there were not many tourists present, we were able to climb over the rocks easily and made some good pictures. A beautiful view of the mountains can be seen from the bridge opposite the falls. We saw how the locals used a smaller part of the falls for a shower and brush their teeth. Other residents near the waterfall sell all kinds of gifts and souveniers, but you do not have to buy. The main thing is not to offend people who offer their wares.

Lovely waterfall
missy88sy... [TA], , Sydney

During rain the water really belts down. It is an amazing sight. Don't be afraid of the quartz sellers, just offer a small amount of money and help them out, they are very poor and 100 rupees means a lot to them. Don't be rude.... Just buy the quartz and out it in your pocket for luck. The falls are a great stop and make for a good photo

Beautiful
mikekwd [TA], , Lisburn, United Kingdom

Go on a weekday, locals fill the place on weekends. Very pretty falls

not in weekends
Alina_Mts [TA], , cyprus

Its beautiful too. many people during the weekends. difficult to swim during weekends.

swim with many locals
fatima P [TA], , Sylt, Germany

Its beautiful
kids had nice swim but wuth many locals.

Nice place for a picnik
Gondolier [TA], , Winsford, United Kingdom

Walk to the falls along the railway lien then enjoy a picnik whilst danglng your feet in the water.

Even good for swimming
Sabeena D [TA], , singapore

we had a nice walk down to the water fall and had a nice time there.
when we come back we came by bus.

Lovely Swim
jlostatha... [TA], , Brighton UK

Fabulous - water was cold though. It's a good idea to wear more modest clothes if you go in on a Saturday or Sunday.

nothing special
Alfie88 [TA], , Hong Kong

just as the title says. the waterfalls are nothing special and are crowded with monkeys

beautiful
xixili [TA], , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

beautiful sight but could not go down to the falls as i had sprained my ankle. please take extra clothes as noted alot of people down at the pool.

Great waterfall
Travller1... [TA], , London, United Kingdom

Quite a big drop, lovely to see. Well worth visiting the caves at the same time about 2 miles away. Long walk and steep steps.

Spectacular
Ewingston [TA], , Humbie,Scotland

Despite being the dry season, the falls are still amazing

Great for photo opportunities
joroma80 [TA], , Surrey, England

Be sure to enjoy the facing view too, the falls are set opposite some magnificent scenery.

Amazingly Beautiful but seems to be a bit dried out
Christoph... [TA], , Dubai, United Arab Emirates

It's an amazing Falls but as it was the dry season (Lack of rain) the falls seems to have dried out a little. It’s in a beautiful location with beautiful surroundings. I do believe it’s worth a stopover for about half hour and enjoy the scenic beauty.

nice..... but dangeras
sithara w [TA], , Elba Island, Italy

i am going in tuk tuk. good price and i will enjoy it"s

Worth the death defying descent
adamnewto... [TA], , The Hague, The Netherlands

Walk along the railway from Ella station heading north until you reach a bridge that looks like it won't take your weight, let alone a train.

Thenn look for a local to point (or ideally guide) you the right way down the the falls.

Baby monkies play in the water and for the adventurous you can just about reach pools to cool off in the waters tumbling over the rocks 50m above.

Beautiful natural waterfall
Angie2009... [TA], , London

Lots of beggars that pestered us throughout giving us some sort of crystal as soon as we got off the vehicle and asking for money in return.

Nice Waterfall
TharinduG [TA], , Birmingham

Its just 8Km from Ella town, you can take a bus( to Vallawaya Rs.19) to Ravana Falls from Ella.

a nice walking trip
hadas1 [TA], , tel aviv

it was really nice walking although we had a rainy day.
we met nice local people on the way and it was pleasure.

One of the famous waterfalls in Sri Lanka
TravelerR... [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

You can get a very good view of this water fall on your way to Ella ,the view is spectacular from the road and when you go near the water fall ,lot of people bath here for fun ,but It’s not recommend since the place where you have to go to bath is very slippery and it could be dangerous . Don’t forget to see the famous caves also in Ella town, have to walk some distance by foot and the foot path is not that good, but it’s worth it.

Nice Place on the way to Ella
Moshe47 [TA], , Israel

On the way to Ella we stopped at the Ravana falls. Don't stop at the bottom on the first fall. Go up 10 min/ and you'll get to the beautifull fall and pool, there you can swimm and enjoy the water and a massage from the falls.
It's not hard, and you can also take a local guide to help you for a few ruppies.

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