Flying Ravana is the longest mega zip line in Sri Lanka and the second-longest in South Asia. Extending more than half a kilometer (approximately 550 m), the zipline slides at a speed of 80 km / h between the lush green plantations of Ella. Flying Ravana launched operations in February 2019 and was successful from day one, with an average of nearly 100 customers per day since its launch. Within 6 months and flying, Ravana has become an easy-to-try destination while in Ella.
To reach the flying Ravana you have to follow the same path to see the top of Little Adam’s mountain. If you are planning to climb Little Adam’s Mountain and fly Ravana is a must-do. It is a bit of a walk to get to the place, but there are three-wheelers to take you. The Flying Ravana is situated on privately-owned land in one of the tea estates on the way to the Little Adam’s Peak and boasts stunning landscape views of Ella in all its luscious greenery and steep mountains.
There are 3 places to fly to Ravana – you are the registration office, where you can watch other’s zipline and buy some soft drinks, the next place of departure is a short distance from the registry office where you live. Before you start your zipline adventure you will be set up with safety gear. At the end of the adventure, the safety gear will be removed. A dual zipline runs parallel to the flywheel, allowing two people to fly simultaneously. You must weigh a minimum of 30 kg and a maximum of 100kg to cross the zipline line. They only allow people 6 years of age and older to zipline.
The maximum speed of the 550 m long siphon is 80 km / h (approximately 45 seconds) but the speed can vary depending on the weight, body position, and wind direction. The Flying Ravana follows strict safety protocols. The Flying Ravana follows all the safety standards of the European Rope Course Association (ERCA) which set out stringent standards for construction, inspection, training, and operation of rope courses. Flying Rawana uses equipment imported from France, Germany, and the United Kingdom and uses one of the best brands in the world, Petzl. Flying Raw Equipment meets the International Mountaineering and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) safety standards, which means that samples of the equipment have been tested by an accredited independent third party and may meet the requirements specified in the UIAA standard.
When you go to the Flying Ravana Registration Office, you must first register and sign the waiver form. Once you do that, you will be given a wrist with a time range. Flight Rawana operates at intervals of 30 minutes, with a maximum capacity of 25 people. Once you are registered, your weight is written to the zip master on your wrist to check when you are overweight and reach the point of departure. From there you are wearing safety belts, helmets, and bells. If you want your adventure record, you can buy phone covers at Go – Pros at the registry office. Once you are fully prepared, go a short distance to where you are leaving and have Zip Masters double-check your equipment and wait for permission from the arrival and registration office. Once the clearance arrives, have a little push and you go! The automatic braking system will activate when you arrive at the destination and carefully remove the equipment attached to the zipline before the site advisors help you ascend.
- Zipline – $20 (Locals – Rs. 2500) / Kids – $15
- Phone Cover – $5
- Go Pro – $10 (video can be copied onto the phone or burned onto a DVD)
This is one of the must-visit places in the falls. So come and experience this adventure yourself.