Ella which is one of the most tourist attractions in the tropical island of Sri Lanka, situated in the Badulla District. Surrounded by the delightful hills of the central highlands, covered in rolling green tea estates, tall trees and fascinating natural formations, Ella is a natural paradise known for its location. It is well known for many reasons, while catering to the thousands of tourists that visit it during the seasonal highs and few of them can be listed as follows:
Kandy to Ella train ride is considered to be the world’s most scenic train rides taking you through the old pine forests and foggy tea estates, through the mountains overlooking farms and villages and ofcourse vast tea plantations passing through multiple tunnels. The train journey from Kandy to Ella is a must do when you travel to Sri Lanka.
Standing at 2243m in height, Adams Peak in Sri Lanka is one of the tallest peaks of the country known for both its spectacular views and for the religious significance placed by all the local religions on the strange giant footprint on the mountain’s summit, whereas Little Adams Peak which is also known as Punchi Sri Pada, which is 1141m in height is the perfect hike, attracting many travellers who come to Sri Lanka. It is considered to be the closest and easiest hikes offering you a panoramic view. From the top, there is a spectacular panorama featuring Ella Rock, rolling tea fields and the Ella gap, a deep gorge that leads all the way down to the southern valleys. The south coast with the ocean glimmering on the horizon can be seen on a clear day.
Lying just a little further away from Little Adams Peak, Ella rock is another tourist attraction which is a more challenging hike compared to the Little Adams Peak but the hike is definitely worth it for the breath-taking views it offers. The stunning views that it offers of the Little Adams Peak and the clear view of the Ella Gap is breath-taking.
Among the craggy peaks of the central highlands, the Nine Arch Bridge is built at 3100m above sea level forming a viaduct between the Demodara and Ella railway station. The bridge has stood solid from its time of creation, 1921, build out of bricks, rocks and cement entirely without a single piece of steel. The best time to visit the glorious Nine Arch Bridge between Ella and Demodara station is when the train is passing as it has an amazing picturesque view.
Ravana Falls which is also a must visit place in Ella is currently ranked as one of the widest waterfalls in the country cascading from an oval shaped concave rock outcrop. It is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals during the wet season.