In the misty highland of Sri Lanka is Ella, a lush green village with jaw-dropping views all around. Its landscape is dotted with mountains, valleys, and features Sri Lanka’s most famous railway line. The waterfalls of Ella are the most beautiful. On a clear night, the distant glow of the Great Basses lighthouse on the south coast is visible from Ella. And, at times, you can even see the Uda Walawe National Park. Situated in the tea country, with a 1000m elevation, its tea plantations in Ella thrive all around. Fresh mountain air and the mild climate make Ella a quiet scenic retreat for any weary raveler. There are plenty of mountain treks for a lovely walking holiday.
- Flying Ravana zip-line extends more than half a kilometer, with 80kmph speed.
- Ella Wala Falls is a single drop 5m waterfall with a natural swimming pool right below.
- Ella Spice Garden, with its thousands of spice varieties, can make you a spice connoisseur.
- Halpewatte Tea Factory is for tea lovers to watch and learn how tea is processed.
Best Times to Visit
Ella is a year-round destination. September to December is the rainy season.
The summit of Ella Rock provides the perfect vantage point. It offers stunning views of surrounding hills and the plains below. It is the best hiking destination in Ella.
Little Adams Peak
This miniature version of the famous Adam’s Peak pilgrim mountain is easy to climb. The top offers phenomenal views of the Ella Gap and the Ella Rock.
The Nine Arches Bridge
This viaduct bridge is an architectural feat from the colonial era. This 80ft high railway bridge provides the most remarkable Ella Sri Lanka train experience.
It is Sri Lanka’s 2nd highest waterfall. It is a sheer 220m cascade of water with natural pools at different levels for some of the world’s best scenic swimming.
Legend has it that King Ravana hid princess Sita in the cave behind the waterfall. It is one of the widest falls in Sri Lanka and is 25m high. You can visit its cave too.
This gorgeous viewpoint is where Thomas Lipton first planted the seeds of Sri Lanka’s most famous export, Lipton tea. It is the best view of hill country tea estates.
Where to Shop in Ella
Ella is a small village and does not have many shops and boutiques, but it is an ideal place to shop for good quality tea.
Where to Eat in Ella
All fantastic treats for the hungry:
- Ceylon Tea Factory
- Café Chill
- Dream Café
- Ella 360
- Matey Hut
- Curd Shop
- Jade Green
Explore where you enjoy a comfortable stay during your explorations.
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