RAVANA FALLS IN ELLA, SRI LANKA – A COMPLETE GUIDE

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The awe-inspiring Ravana Falls in Ella, Sri Lanka is one of the most popular waterfalls in the region and not to be missed during your visit.

I have put together this complete guide of Ravana Falls including how to get there, how much it costs and what to expect when you arrive at Ravana Falls.

 

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HOW TO GET TO RAVANA FALLS

A short 10-minute drive down the mountainside from the main street in Ella is where you will find Ravana Falls.

The cheapest option to get from the center of Ella town to Ravana Falls is to jump on the local bus from the Ella bus stop, which will cost you around 50 Rupees.

The other option is to jump in the back of a tuk-tuk in Ella and the price will be anywhere between 300-500 Rupees each way to reach Ravana Falls.

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ARRIVING AT RAVANA FALLS ELLA

Hold on to your hats as you wind your way down through the verdant valley between Ella Rock & Little Adam’s Peak… the hairpin turns on the way to Ravana Falls will make your belly churn!

Don’t be afraid to look out the window though, because the spectacular views down the valley are absolutely phenomenal!

Ravana Falls is a 3-tier cascading waterfall that gushes down a rock face, creating rock pools along its path.

The first set of falls at Ravana Falls is a short 1-minute walk from the jump-off point and this is the most popular spot where the majority of tourists and locals hang out.

At first sight, this set of falls didn’t look very striking in comparison to some of the waterfalls you can find in Bali and Lombok . However, I noticed two more sets of falls at Ravana Falls which are much higher up on the cliff face above, and of course, I had to go and check them out!

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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT RAVANA FALLS

It’s not recommended by the locals to venture any higher than the first set of Ravana Falls but there are no signs or barriers prohibiting this. So, being thrill-seekers we are, my friend Samuel and I started climbing the rock face towards the 2nd tier.

You will, however, notice a warning sign in the parking lot with risk and hazards to be aware of at Ravana Falls, so please take care and only explore within your own limits.

We started to scale the rock which wasn’t very steep and the surface was dry, which was reassuring. We went as far as we could before the rock climbing became a bit gnarly and we traversed across to the bushes on the right-hand side.

Surprisingly, there was a muddy trail and signs of foot traffic before us, so we followed the trail to the top and we were stunned in awe of what we had just discovered at Ravana Falls.

 

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT RAVANA FALLS SRI LANKA

My initial opinion of Ravana Falls not being that spectacular changed instantly. The views overlooking the valley were breathtaking, and the trek up into the mountains to see the 2nd and 3rd tier waterfalls was nothing short of amazing. I felt like I was in a fairytale of some sort, having just discovered a magical fountain!

We explored around Ravana Falls and the epic mountainside setting, swimming in rock pools and taking photos as the sun began to set over the clifftop above.

We got lucky with the timing and were able to get some good shots while the last bit of sunshine was beaming down through the cracks of the valley. I believe the time was around 4 pm.

We had come as far as the 2nd tier and couldn’t resist climbing to the highest point to reach the 3rd tier of Ravana Falls.

I found a dirt track through some bushland on the left-hand side that leads up and around the rock face and to a cascading pool beneath the highest falls.

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RAVANA FALLS SRI LANKA – CONTINUED

Do you ever have that feeling of achieving something worthwhile? Well, that’s the feeling I experienced as I reached the highest point possible at Ravana Falls. We spent a good hour up here admiring mother nature at its finest!

The trek back down the mountainside was much easier than I imagined. We followed our same tracks down the dirt trails which lead us straight back to the entrance of Ravana Falls.

Back at the jump-off point, you can find some small roadside vendors that sell tasty snacks, vegetable kottu and fresh coconuts to cleanse the pallet.

As I mentioned earlier, please take care during your visit to Ravana Falls and don’t do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing. If you can make it to the top, you will never regret it!

 

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WHERE TO STAY NEAR RAVANA FALLS

Ella has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay near Ravana Falls to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations below near Ravana Falls that I personally recommend:

 

Luxury: 98 Acres Resort & Spa

Live like a celebrity in the best 5-star resort near Ravana Falls in Ella! Surrounded by stunning landscapes, 98 Acres Resort is within walking distance to the Nine Arch Bridge and Little Adam’s Peak. The rooms are luxurious and spacious featuring free wifi, seating area, flat-screen tv, kitchenette, dining area, private bathroom and spectacular mountain views. There is also an outdoor pool for guests to use on the property. Breakfast is included.

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Mid Range: Ella’s Edge Resort

This 3-star hotel is surrounded by tropical greenery and it’s one of the most relaxing places to stay near Ravana Falls in Ella. The resort features a restaurant, gardens and mountain views from all the rooms. There are double rooms, triple rooms and family-sized rooms available featuring modern interior, private bathroom, spacious living and free wifi. Perfect for family and friends visiting Ella.

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Budget: Little Heaven Homestay

One of the best budget accommodations near Ravana Falls in Ella. Little Heaven Homestay is centrally located and within close proximity to the hot spot attractions in Ella. There are double, triple and quadruple rooms to choose from featuring large beds, private bathrooms, balconies and terraces. They also have a restaurant at the property and wifi is free for guests. Perfect for solo backpackers and friends.

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Another option for accommodation near Ravana Falls is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!

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WHAT TO PACK FOR RAVANA FALLS

 

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MY CAMERA GEAR

 

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Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included. 

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Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.

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FINAL THOUGHTS OF RAVANA FALLS

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Ravana Falls please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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6 Comments

  1. Yeeew
    February 2, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    yeeeeew!

    • daretotravel
      February 2, 2018 / 11:03 pm

      yew!

  2. March 5, 2019 / 7:12 am

    Awesome post…got me attempting to replicate the climb to the top. Unfortunately, the tourist police were there in force and one chased after me with large stick, slamming it against the ground as he screamed at me to go down (turns out there are new signs that say ‘no climbing’…I didn’t see them somehow). I played the dumb, apologetic tourist angle and got off ok. The Sri Lankan who was also up there taking photos didn’t fare so well – pretty certain he got fined.

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      March 7, 2019 / 7:25 pm

      haha oh crap! glad you got away with it. seems they are cracking down and not letting people up which is unfortunate as the best views are at the top!

  3. November 5, 2019 / 8:47 am

    This place are really amazing to view through your lens, i think your writing will help me a lot in my Srilankan trip.
    Hope you had a nice experience in travelling there.

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 4:22 pm

      Glad you found this guide useful!

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