The 19m-high Rawana Ella Falls are about 6km down Ella Gap towards Wellawaya. During rainy months, the water comes leaping down the mountainside in what is claimed to be the 'wildest-looking' fall in Sri Lanka, but during the dry season it may not flow at all. There are vendors selling food and trinkets. Catch any bus heading towards Wellawaya.
Rawana Ella Falls
The Hill Country
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Nearby The Hill Country attractions
1. Ella Rock
This huge rocky outcrop looms over Ella. It's a popular hiking destination.
2. Ravanna's Cave
This cave is associated with the Ramayana story. Located in a cleft in the mountain that rises to Ella Rock, the cave is reputed to be where the king of…
3. Newburgh Green Tea Factory
The tours at this green-tea factory are pretty rushed and the guide may or may not be informative – some are more intent on flogging leaves. Newburgh is…
4. Dowa Temple
The highlight of the charming Dowa Temple, 6km east of Bandarawela, is a 4m-high standing Buddha cut into the rock face. The walls of the adjacent cave…
5. Halpe Temple
A modest Buddhist temple northwest of Ella.
6. Uva Halpewaththa Tea Factory
The Uva Halpewaththa Tea Factory, 5km north of Ella, runs some of the better tea plantation tours in Sri Lanka. After you've enriched yourself with…
7. Clock Tower
A Bandarawela landmark.
Smack in the centre of town on a busy junction.