Ravana's Nil Diya Pokuna Cave, Ella, Sri Lanka
The most unusual dive site in Sri Lanka

By Dharshana Jayawardena

Depth: 21 Meters - For fully cave trained sidemount divers by special arrangement only.

Nil Diya Pokuna Ella Sri Lanka
(c) Image by Buddika Mahesh Kodikara
In the misty mountains of Sri Lanka is a remarkable place. Shrouded in mystery and myth, it is a deep underground cave not very easily accessible.
Nil Diya Pokuna Ella
The expedition sets off...
Nil Diya Pokuna Ella
The long walk to the cave entrance
The Rabbit Hole, Nil Diya Pokuna, Ella, Sri Lanka
The rabbit hole - this unlikely entrance opens to a hidden world
Nil Diya Pokuna
A precipitous descent to the bellow of the mountain
Nil Diya Pokuna
A brief break at the central chamber at the half way point
Nil Diya Pokuna
Magnificent rock formations inside this massive and deep cave
Nil Diya Pokuna Map
A map of the arduous one hour journey to the underground lake. The central chamber is at the half way point. (Image (c) Manjula Wijeyaratne)
Nil Diya Pokuna
Of shadows...
Ni Diya Pokuna
and rocks...
Nil Diya Pokuna
and still going...
Nil Diya Pokuna
a hour later, the end is almost near..
Dharshana Jayawardena Underwater Explorer
DiveSriLanka.com editor who was first to dive these caves
Nil Diya Pokuna Cave Diving
Finally diving the Nil Diya Pokuna
Expedition 1, 2 and 3 Videos with more information on discoveries
Expedition 1 - 26th of July 2017
Expedition 2 - 3rd of September 2017
Nil Diya Pokuna Ravana Maga and Sita Maga
The map produced after expedition 2 provided the mission for Expedition 3 - are the two passageways connected?
Expedition 3 - 8th of October 2017
Expedition 4 - 5th of November 2017
In this dive I laid a permenent survey line connective Ravana Maga and Sita Maga some distance away from the underwater entrance. In addition extended the line further on Ravana Maga. The objective of this trip was to get more footage for the documentary Deep Into Earth. (With Nuradha Jayasanka and Sameera Senanayake)
Expedition 5 - 12th of April 2018
On 12/04/2018 - I conducted my 5th dive expedition to the cave. More information of the cave structure was understood. Await the exciting documentary Deep Into Earth in the near future. (With Nuradha Jayasanka and Sameera Senanayake)
Nil Diya Pokuna Nil Diya Pokuna
Nil Diya Pokuna Nil Diya Pokuna
Nil Diya Pokuna
Before the dive
Deep Into Earth
Back from a great dive and annoucing our Deep Into Earth logo.

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