The Rawana Ella Cave

The Rawana Ella Cave is located about 2 km from Ella. It is quite a small cave, measuring about 50ft wide, 150ft long and 60ft high. However, once inside one can find several others that run 20 to 40 ft deep into its walls. Like the Sthripura Cave in Welimada, legend has it that it was used by King Rawana to hide the Princess Sita. It is also thought to be connected to the cave at the Dowa rock temple in Bandarawela (part of King Walagamba’s famous ‘tunnel network’). Archaeological findings include a human skull dating back to 20,000 BC. The famous Ravana Ella Cave lies 1,370 m (4,490 ft) above sea level on the foundation of a cliff.

Near the Dambatenne tea factory, the Lipton’s Seat lookout rivals the views from World’s End The Scottish tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton used to survey his burgeoning empire from here.