රාවණා ඇල්ල සහ දෝව රජ මහා විහාරය – RAWANA ELLA WATER FALL & Dhova Buddhist Rock Temple

BUDDHIST TEMPLES & TAMIL KOVILS, MOUNTAINS, WATERFALLS , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Ancient Rawana buddhist temple also famous among the tourists who visit Rawana water fall in Ella.This is one of the most beautiful water fall in the Uva province. There are many historical stories acording to this falls. it is in Badulla – Wellawaya road.

Rawana Ella View From Road
Rawana Ella Cave Entrance

දෝව රජ මහා විහාරය (Dhova Buddhist Rock Temple)

Dhova ancient temple is located by Badulla-Bandarawela road, It was build by King Walagamba when he was hidding by the enamies. It is one of the beautiful place in the Uva province. The Buddhist temple is Under a very big rock. In here you can see a Loard Buddha’s statue which is uncompleted, when the King build this statue he faced a enamy problem, so he couldn’t complete it. Taking the Badulla Road out of Bandarawela town, 4km, you pass the Dowa temple squeezed between the road and the stream in the bottom of the valley. The cliff face hasan incomplete carving of large standing Buddha, while inside the cave there are murals and first century BC inscriptions. It is pleasant walk if you follow the attractive valley down

Dhowa Raja Maha Viharaya Front View
Dova Raja Maha Viharaya Bo Tree
Budhdha Statue Built by King Walagambha

Ella occupies a scenic vantage point. A traveller writes, ‘The view through the Ella gap wa probably the best in the entire island. It was quite early and the isolated hills on the plain popped up like islands in the mist.’ Most visitors go to the rest house garden to get the best view.

Rawana Ella Cave The cave in the masive Ella Rock can be seen from the rest house, to the right of the Ella Gap, It is associated with the Ramayana Story, in which the demon king of Lanka, Ravana, imprisoned Rama’s wife Sita. The cave which is of particular interest to palaeontolgists has a smaal entrance which scarcely lets in and then a long drop to the floor. It is filled with water from an underground stream which has hindered exploration but excawater from an undearthed prehitoric remains of human skeletons and tools dating from 8000 to 2500 BC. The skeletons are believed to belong to Homo Sapiens Balangodensis. According to Deraniyagala, the finds show evidence of a culture Superior to that of the present-day Veddas. Getting there:Walk downhill beyond the Ella Rest House for 10 mins up to the road bridge then branch up the track to the right which climbs (good views) to a rock monastery donation. There i often someone who will be pleased to accompany you on a very steep and difficult path up to the cave. He may not ask for payment but Rs 50 seems a fair reward fro his trouble.

Rawana Ella Fall Return to the main road near the bridge and continue downhill for 1 1/2 hours (6.5km) to the falls. The road is not too busy so it is a pleaant walk with views over fire-affected forest/savanna, of the small Rawana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, and onwards to the plains to the southeast. The 9-m high Rawana Ella (or Bambaragama) Falls, are to the right (west) of the road just beyond a bridge. They are quite dramatic and you can climb over the rock up the falls quite a way. Bambaragama Restaurant sells rather expensive snacks and drink at the bottom. At the falls themselves there is an intriguing small business in coloured stones gathered from the foot of the falls . A few enterpriing vendor sell them to pasing tourists. A handful of mall stones should not cost much more than Rs.30 but a common method of transaction is to swap the stone for a foreign coin or coins. The stone seller then waits for the next tourist, hoping to exchange the foreign coin with a native of the relevant country at the prevailing exchange rate! Getting there: The falls are south of Ella on the A23 so you can get there by bus (towards Wellawaya). There is a small pocket of local opinion that dipute the name of the fall on the Wellawaya Road, Claiming that it is in fact Bambaragama Falls, With the real Rawana Ella Falls being on the Ella Rock close to the Railway line. However, it is widely accepted and agreed by a Tourist Board sign that the falls on the main road are the real ones.

There is an undercurrent of animosity  between the different guethouse owners, and each may have a bad story to tell about one of the otheres, So many fly around town that it’s probably best not to believe any of them.

Mid-range C Ravana Heights, opposite 27km post, Wellawaya Road, 3 clasy rooms in new intimate guest house just outside town, classical music, personal attention, reasonable food, Recommended though a bit pricey. C Rest House , over looking Ella Gap, 1km south from railway station, 14 large rooms  with hot water, completely refurihed in 2000, some new rooms but not all have good views, what it lacks in efficiency it makes up by the good views from the terrace veradah and garden, retaurant, popular in wedding season, over priced. D Ella Gap Tourist Inn, near Ella Gap junction, 7 clean rooms, good restaurant, friendly, one of the longest running guest houses in Ella Backed up by a consitently favourable visitor book, a bit pricey but recommended.D Ambiente, Kitalella Road, 2km up into tea planatations, kanta@telenett.net 5 very clean spacious rooms, 4 more planned, incredible views, high above the town, laid-back young person’s atmosphere, friendly, free pick up from station, day tours arranged, good food, friendly staff, Highly recommended.

Cheap D-E Tea Garden Holiday Inn, on top of the hill above the Rest House, 8 good, clean rooms , hot bath, good views of the gap, food available, starting price may depend on how wealthy you look, but otherwise all right, E Country Comfort Inn, Police Station Rd, 8 clean, well furnished rooms , plus 12 new in 2000, hot bath, good restaurant, modern hotel, reasonable but ‘adds the highest service charge in Sri Lanka at 15%!, E Rawana Holiday Resort, 4 Clean Rooms , hot bath, nice terrace, good breakfast. E Rock View Guest House, 4 large rooms, Warm bath, friendly, E-F Gimhaniee Rest Inn Main St, 5 large, clean rooms, restaurant, Good value. E-F Hill Top Guest House. off Main St, 8 good, clean rooms, better upstairs with excellent views, good food, useful returnable walking maps, not bad choice. F-G Lizzie Villa Guest House, Passara Rd, 5 Clean rooms, nets, friendly, quiet location,

Ella Gap Tourist Inn. Unimpressive surroundings, expensive but tasty food, smallish servings but can be topped up. Rest House, Limited menu, reasonable food, excellent setting and views.
shops on the main street near the rest house are overpriced. walk up the street and pay half the price for water and provisions.
Travel Information Service, Main Street, Advises on walks and treks in the area and has souvenirs for sale. Part of the Woodlands Networks (see Bandarawela).

Persistent hotel touts besiege those arriving by train or changing buses at Wellawaya. Ignore them and go to the hotel of your choice, preferably with an advance reservation. Bus for the south coast resorts, you have to usually change buses at Wellawaya. Several early morning buses go to Okkampitiya (for Maligawilla, ) There are buses to Bandarawela (change for Haputale- by car the journey takes 45 mins). For Badulla you may have to go to Kumbalawela Junction, 3km north on the Haputale-Badulla Road

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