Kithal Ella Waterfall (The Original Ravana Ella) – කිතල් ඇල්ල
Ella, Badulla and Bandarawela is an area dotted with known and lesser known waterfalls. The most famous is the waterfall now known as Ravana Falls which lies just by the side of the Ella – Wellawaya Road. However waterfalls which has no visibility a motor roads remain hidden and mostly unknown to the general public. Kithal Ella Waterfall which lies in the same area is one such beauty hidden from the public eye but now gaining attraction with the influx of tourists seeking new adventures.
Kithal Ella Waterfall is only accessible over railway track which travels on the famous Nine Arch Bridge. This waterfall is generally considered the real Ravana Ella Waterfall due the close proximity of the Ravana Cave which is considered a place there Sita (in Ramayana) has hidden by the Lankan King Ravana for a while. The original name of the waterfall by the road now known as Ravana Ella) is said to be “Bambaragama Ella“.
Kithal Ella is village it self possibly named due the waterfall. The easiest way to access the waterfall is over the railway track. Kithal Ella Railway station lies after the Heel Oya railway station and before the Ella railway station. From the Kithal Ella Railway Station you need to walk about 200 meters towards Ella until you reach a black painted old rail bridge. Walking from Ella railway station its about 2.6 km along the rail track.
From this black bridge you need to travel several hundred meters along footpaths to reach the top of the waterfall. There is a foot bridge over the stream which creates the waterfall at the top.
Coming in to Ella from Badulla-Bandarawela Road, few hundred meters the Ella junction and 150 meters before the tunnel which the railroad cross the road from above, there is a road to right. This is called Kitelella (Kithelella) Road and connects to Bandarawela. Travel along this road 1-2 km and you will see the waterfall at a distance on the left.
There is no easy way to reach the bottom of the waterfall. During the dry weather, the water on the fall dwindle to a mere drip hiding all its beauty.
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Map of Kithal Ella Falls
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