RAVANA FALLS IN ELLA, SRI LANKA – TRAVEL GUIDE

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I arrived in Ella with a list of things to do while visiting this mountain region and the awe-inspiring Ravana Falls was one of them!

I have put together this complete guide of Ravana Falls including how to get there and what to expect!

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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 is to jump on a local bus from the Ella bus stop, which will cost you 50 Rupees.

The other option is to jump in the back of a tuk-tuk and the price will be anywhere between 300-500 Rupees.

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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 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 you will come to are a 1-minute walk from the street, and this is the most popular spot where I noticed the majority of people were hanging out.

At first sight, this set of falls didn’t look very striking in comparison to the waterfalls in Bali and Lombok that I had previously explored. However, I noticed two more sets of falls… much higher up on the cliff face above, and of course, I had to go check them out!

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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT RAVANA FALLS

It is not recommended by the locals to venture any higher than the first set of 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 carpark with risk and hazards to be aware of at this particular waterfall, so please take care and only explore within your 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 here before so we followed that to the top… and we were stunned in awe of what we had just discovered!

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ravana falls ella, ravana falls sri lanka, ravana falls ella sri lankaThe top of Ravana Falls

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT RAVANA FALLS SRI LANKA

My initial opinion on Ravana Falls of 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 this 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 3 or 4 pm.

We had come as far as the 2nd tier and couldn’t resist climbing to the highest point of the next set of falls. I found a dirt track through the bushland on the left-hand side that leads up and around the rock face and to the cascading pool of 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 main road. There are also some small roadside vendors that serve a very tasty snack of vegetable kottu and coconuts to cleanse the pallet.

As I mentioned earlier, please take care when you visit 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 IN ELLA

Ella has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Ella to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travellers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: 98 Acres Resort & Spa

Live like a celebrity in the best 5-star resort 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 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 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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AIRBNB ELLA

Another option for accommodation in Ella is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Ella.

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MORE SRI LANKA TRAVEL GUIDES

Sri Lank Travel Guide: 2 Week Sri Lanka Itinerary

Hikkaduwa Travel Guide: 7 Things To Do In Hikkaduwa

Unawatuna Travel Guide: 8 Things To Do In Unawatuna

Ella Travel Guide: Best Things To Do In Ella

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MY CAMERA GEAR

• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii 

• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2

• GoPro: GoPro Hero 7 Black

• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm

• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L

• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m 

• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod

• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome

• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank

• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR SRI LANKA?

• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case

• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle

• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket

• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes

• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag

• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter

• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes

• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel

• Travel Insurance: World Nomads Travel Insurance

• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Ravana Falls please leave me a comment below!

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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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