A recent discovery and gaining popularity, is the Ravana Cave linked to the legacy of the hero King Ravana of the historic Indian epic ‘Ramayana’, who once ruled Sri Lanka hid the abducted Rama’s wife Princess Sitha for revenge. She was later found by Rama in a heroic battle and helped by a group of monkeys lead by Hanuman. A climb on a steep path, muddy rocks, the cave is about 600 steps from the Ancient Ravana Vihara Temple, about 2 km from Ella. Inside the cave, in ‘Nil Diya Pokuna’ (aka Blue Water Pond) lies the purest and clearest natural water in a glass-like effect. Exploration recommended with a guide.
Hidden in the hills, rich in architecture and archeology – folklore silently speaks for King Ravana‘s brilliant construction of tunnels. Once a quick and secret mode of transport through hills connecting the significant towns, is said to have belonged to the famous ‘tunnel network’ of King Walagamba connecting country’s Central highlands such as Ramboda, Matale and Hasalaka. Most likely, the Ravana Cave has been linked to the cave at the Dowa Rock Temple in Bandarawela which houses a 38-foot Buddha statue carved in a granite boulder.