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Landing Port of Peacock Chariot

Landing Port of Peacock Chariot

The Experimental Journey to land of yakka insearch of unsolved myth of Rawana, “The greatest emperor of universe”

King Ravana is one of the characters who has immortalised himself in Sri Lankan history. Tale of Ravana dates back more than 5000 years in Sri Lankan history even before the arrival of King Vijaya. Sri Lanka has special bond with India, geoagrphically, historicaly, culturaly and spiritualy. The tale of ravana is not only related to Sri Lanka. Mythes and legends related to Ravana is a long lasting story among both Sri Lankans and Indians which handover from generation to generation. According to epics of ramayana Sri Lanka has different places related to Ravana tale. In our journey we have explored the ravana cave which is believed to be the landing port of Dadumonara (peacock chariot) of the emperor Ravana. Accordong to Ravanakatha, an ancient Ola manuscript of Millawa Vannibandara Rajaguru Mahakappina Wickramasinghe Adigar of Murunda Dynasty says that Sri Lanka had a well established aircraft service and a navy very powerful in the Indian Ocean. For Sri Lankans, Dandu Monara was actually an air plane that carried Ravana to distant corners of the world. To reach Ravana caves, if you come from train you must get down from Ella rail way station. Then you must reach to Binna-Ella along the Wellawaya road to the Ravana Raja Maha viharaya. If you come from your own vehicle you can easily reach near to Ravana Raja Maha viharaya. From there you can take the small road which leads to Ravana cave. It takes a 3035minits walk to reache the cave. This is a good place for the tourists who like to do Hiking. This is a place where you can do adventure tourism and cave tourism at once. People say that the ravana cave which we are mentioning is consisted of ancient paintings which believed to be done in the time of King Walagamba. But this cave does not consist any paintings. The paintings which people talk about are in the Temple of Ravana Raja Maha wiharaya. Some people mis-lead it as there are so many places related to Ravana tale all over sri lanka. Though, there are many places famous because of Ravana tale, this cave which is located near ravana raja maha viharaya is still unknown to the both Sri Lankan and foreign tourists. But this place has a potential to be developed as a tourist attarction point in Ella area because still some Indians believe this place as the landing port of Dadumonara. So there is a huge possibity to develop this place as a lesser known tourism attraction in Sri Lanka.

Landing Port of Peacock Chariot

Ravana - The Legendary Emperor of Sri Lanka The life of Ravana, one of the most powerful beings ever to roam the universe, if Hindu legends are to be believed, had unfolded in the small island Sri Lanka, where he ruled with mighty power over gods, humans and demons. Valmiki’s Ramayana paint Ravana as a tyrant of mighty power who was holding the gods at ransom, and he continues to be treated as a blackguard in India even today. In the classic text, he is found kidnapping Rama's wife Sita, to claim vengeance on Rama and his brother Lakshmana for having cut off the nose of his sister Surpanakha. Yet Ravana of Sri Lanka is portrayed to be a different king and a human. He is described as a devout follower of the god Shiva, a great scholar, a capable ruler and a maestro of aveena, known as the ravanhattha. The story goes that Ravana in order to please his mother had decided to bring the mountain Kailash to Sri Lanka. As he lifted up the mountain, God Shiva was angered by his arrogance and pushed it back down, trapping Ravana. The King of Lanka had torn off one of his own arms and made a musical instrument, ripping out sinews to form the strings. He used the newly invented ravanhattha to sing the praises of Shiva, creating music of such beauty that Shiva wept and forgave him. According to Hindu mythology Ravana was born to a great sage Vishrava and his wife, princess Kaikesi. He was born in the Devagana, as his grandfather, the sage Pulastya, was one of the ten Prajapatis or mind-born sons of Brahma and one of the Saptarishi or the Seven Great Sages during the age of Manu.Ravana’s siblings include Vibhishana, Kumbhakarna and Ahiravana and a step brother Kubera, from whom he usurped the Kingdom of Lanka. Lanka was an idyllic city, created by the celestial architect Vishwakarma himself and was the home of Kuwera, the treasurer of the gods, when Ravana demanded Lanka wholly from him, threatening to take it by force. Although Ravana usurped Lanka, he had been a benevolent and effective ruler. Lanka flourished under his rule and Ravana had proceeded on a series of campaigns conquering humans, celestials and demons. It is said that Ravana ruled Lanka for several hundred years prior to the times of Ramayana, when he was killed by prince Rama for kidnapping his wife Sita. Yet some believe Ramayana to be a semi-fiction woven around a real King who ruled over Sri Lanka from 2554 to 2517 BC.Sri Lankan lore has it that Sri Lanka under the scholarly Ravana saw great advancements in science and medicine. The pushpaka vimana or the aeroplane which he flew is held as an example of great scientific achievements made during his regime while Ravana also holds a high position as a physician and there exists, to this day, seven books on Ayurveda in his name. He is also believed to have authored Ravana Sanhita, an anthology of Hindu astrology and his description as a ten-headed person, Dasamukha or Dasagriva, is believed to be a reference to his vast knowledge and intelligence.

Landing Port of Peacock Chariot His Kingdom had mainly concentrated around the Eastern and Southern corners of the country and believed to have been lost to the sea with the years. Some even go as far as to insist that Ravana was a Buddhist king and holds him to be the creator of monasteries found in Sri Lanka like Kuragala and Rahalgala. The country is filled with locations which are linked to the Ravana legend like SitaElisa in NumaraElisa, which is believed to be a prison of Princess Sita while Wariyapola and Horton Plains are considered to be the landing sites of his flying machine. Rumassala, a mountain peak by the Southern oceans of Sri Lanka is too linked to the Ravana legend and is held to be a part of the Himalaya Mountain. The mountain filled with medicinal plants was allegedly brought to Sri Lanka to treat the injured of the Rama-Ravana war was left in the country and is still filled with herbs of rare medicinal value. Adam’s Bridge, a chain of limestone shoals, between Rameswaram Island, off the south eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, India, and Mannar Island, off the north western coast of Sri Lanka too is connected to the legend of Ravana. Also known as Rama-Sethu or Rama’s bridge the land mass is believed to be a bridge built by monkeys interconnecting India and Sri Lanka and enabling the crossing of Rama’s army. Investigations conducted by Indian National Remote Sensing Agency had suggested that the land connection could be a manmade structure built 5000 to 3500 years ago. Yet Sri Lankan Ravana fans contradict its origin and its builder. Sri Lankan historians believe that the bridge was built by Ravana and was a floating structure connecting Lanka with lands in India. According to them the bridge was later used by Rama’s army who crossed boundaries to Ravana’s Lankapura and overthrew one of the greatest rulers of the world with the assistance of his brother Vibishana, bringing down one of the most advanced civilisations in the history.

To explore more marvels of Sri Lanka, please visit : http://www.archaeology.lk/

Landing Port of Peacock Chariot

Landing Port of Peacock Chariot



To reach Rwana Cave

The Ravana Ella cave lies 4,500 feet above sea level •

Location is at a 7 miles distance from Bandarawela



Located in the 69A Ravana Ella Grama Niladhari Division in the Ella District Secretariat Division of the Badulla District of the Uva Province



It is 1½km along the narrow road to the right of the 16km post reached traversing1km past Ella town from Bandarawela on the Ella Wellawaya road.

Landing Port of Peacock Chariot

Landing Port of Peacock Chariot

Little Adam’s Peak Little Adam's Peak, is forty five minutes from Ella village. It is 1141 m in height. Little Adam’s Peak attracts many travelers who come to Sri Lanka.

Ravana Ella Falls Ravana waterfalls is at Ella of Badulla district of Sri Lanka. Ravana falls is very high waterfalls and a lot of legend stories are hidden at this waterfalls. Ravana waterfalls is at between Ella and Wallawaya.

Bambaragama Falls When reach the edge of the mountain which is about 1 km away from Ella Rock. There is a small Buddhist shrine and from there you can visualize the hidden upper parts of Bambaragala Falls.

Landing Port of Peacock Chariot

Landing Port of Peacock Chariot

Accommodation Facility •

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