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Rawana Ella Excursion, Sri Lanka

Region: hill-country | Location: Ella
Sri Lanka Rawana Ella
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Rawana Ella pours into the Ella gorge. The water finds it course down in three stages of 9 meters and then curves itself into a stream. Forming part of the Rawana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, the source of this waterfall is the Bandarawela Hill Oya Reservoir, and it flows to the Kirindi Oya Reservoir. It is visible from Ella railway station, 2km away.

The Rawana Ella was named after the demon ruler of Sri Lanka, Rawana, who is the main antagonist in the renowned epic of India; The Ramayana. It is believed that Rawana hid Sita (Lord Rama’s Wife) whom he kidnapped in India, in the caves situated behind the falls. Rawana Ella cave is in the huge Ella Rock. It is believed that Sita lived in this cave for some time, also, prehistoric fossils were found in the cave when it was excavated. If you are trekking in the area of Ella the caves are worth a visit.

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, the flow of water reduces drastically during this time of the year.

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