Timings : 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, all days
Entry Fee : 100 LKR for locals. 250 LKR for foreigners.
The Ravana caves are located 2 km away from the Ella town on the foundation of a cliff and are said to be about 4000 years old. One can take a car up on the hill till one reaches the Ravana Ella temple (which is 2500 years old), and from there it is a trek of 800 steps till the Ravana caves. In between, one can find a small tea stall where you can enjoy some refreshing tea amidst the pleasant breeze of the hill or take some rest there. There are some cemented steps and some made of rocks and tree roots, and one can see many monkeys on the way and hear birds chirping.
The path appears quite intriguing and mysterious with dense forest and tree roots covering everywhere. As one gets close to the caves, a panoramic view of the mountains reveals itself. Once one reaches the mouth of the cave one steps into a broad area which is considered a part of Ravana’s palace and walking into the farthest point of the cave is both exciting and terrifying as it is pitch black inside. Thus it is suggested to carry a torchlight.
It is believed that the demon king Ravana built an underground palace and the path to that palace started from these caves. It is a place for travel enthusiasts and explorers who like to take the road less travelled and are always looking for challenging paths.