Points of Interest - Ella
Sri Lankan Hill Country is a charming place filled with lush green forests, Cloud forests and mountains covered with carefully planted tea fields and elegantly plummeting waterfalls everywhere you go. And in the middle of all that is quaint little, laid back town called Ella (Waterfall). As the name suggests the town is full of waterfalls in different sizes.
Situated at an elevation of 1,041 metres (3,415 ft) above sea level, the area has rich bio diversity, cooler climate than surrounding lowlands, due to its elevation.
Things to do in Ella
Hill country is a treasure trove for hiking, trekking, rock climbing, mountain biking and abseiling enthusiasts. The place is packed with activities to keep you busy throughout your stay.
- Train ride to Ella - the route from Badulla to Ella or Nuwara Eliya to Ella is considered the most scenic train journey in Sri Lanka. But make sure you reserve a ticket online before you start your journey to book first or second class tickets, so you will get the opportunity to enjoy the surroundings leisurely.
- Little Adam’s Peak - It is a fairly easy hike and the path is marked by signs so it`s easy to find, and very popular among tourists! Named after the Adam’s Peak in Rathnapura District due to its similar shape. The path commence from a lush green tea estate where you will get to witness the tea picking ladies with their cane basket.
- Nine Arch Bridge - The Nine Arch Bridge or the bridge in the sky is located in Demodara, between Ella and Demodara railway stations. As name suggest the bridge is completed with 9 arches and columns, built using stone bricks and cement. This is a perfect example of colonial influence in Sri Lankan architecture.
- Diyaluma Falls - Diyaluma Falls (220m) is the 2nd biggest waterfall in Sri Lanka, Located 1 hour away from Ella and is the perfect spot for a full day adventure. The foot of the Diyaluma falls is quite easy to reach within an hour by tuk-tuk, car or motorbike. If you fancy a hike than just dipping in at the bottom of the fall, there is about a 3 hour hike, with no marked path but views are out of this world.
- Ella Spice Garden - among all the thrilling and amazing activities there is one other thing Ella is famous for, that is the authentic Sri Lankan Famous home cooked meals, eating & learning. There are few spice gardens scattered in and around Ella, providing valuable knowledge in Sri Lankan spices, cooking lessons and as well as delicious home cooked meals.
- Ravana Waterfall - Named after a Sri Lankan legendary King Ravana, behind the water fall there is a Cave, later discovered as the place where he kept a kidnapped princess, Sita hidden away. This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades down from an oval-shaped concave boulder. Excavations undertaken in the cave uncovered evidence of human habitation dating back to 25,000 years.
- Ella Rock - approximately 5km from town, Ella rock is a perfect place to go for a hike or trekking. But we have to warn you that this is not the easiest place to find direction to, so do your research before you start and read blogs of people who has already being there. The trek would take approximately 2 hours. And the view will make up for all the aches and pains.
- Lipton’s Seat - This is out of the most impressive viewpoints in Sri Lanka. The hike to this look out, starts at the Dambatenne Tea Factory in Haputale and it’s about a 7km climb through the lush green tea plantations. There is also an option to drive up or hire a Tuk- Tuk. From the hill top you will get to see 7 provinces along with sights such as Handapanagala Lake, Chandrika Lake, Udawalawe Lake, Wedihitikanda Mountains, and even the Hambanthota harbor from the Southern coast, on a clear day.