04 August 2009
I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that Sri Lanka is well-known for waterfalls. The water fall shown here, known as Ravana Ella (fall) is quite popular due to many reasons. Firstly it is easily accessible and can be reached via Ella - Wellawaya Road. The secondly as you can see it is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Sri Lanka. The flow of the falls is reduced during the dry season but when it is in full flow it is arguably one of the most picturesque sights in the hill country. The rocky outcrop let the water to cascade in multiple steps to form a gorgeous vista.
Thirdly, the legend behind this area makes this waterfall more popular. Usually most of the Sri Lankan waterfalls have some story or folklore behind them. The legend behind this falls is unmatched and easily the greatest of all the legends. According to the great epic ‘Ramayana’ the mythical King Ravana of Lanka kidnapped Princess Sitha of India and kept her hidden somewhere close to this waterfall. The waterfall and a cave nearby called Ravana Cave earned the same name due to this myth. Also a lot of people believe that there are many other hidden caves and tunnels in this area used by the King Ravana to hide Sitha from her lover, King Rama.