9 most recommended things to do in Ella Sri Lanka



 
A Viewpoint in the mountain town Ella in Sri

9 most recommended things to do in Ella Sri Lanka

Every country should have a town like Ella in Sri Lanka, a picturesque mountain town where everything is at ease. The beautiful surrounding of Ella town is a most recommended alternative to the tropical beaches on the island. And, when it comes to good food, great views, hikes and cozy backpacker-vibe bars, Ella will give you all you need to have a good time. 

 

Ella Sri Lanka. Unnavigated. Ella Sri Lanka. 1041m above sea level.

The location of Ella in Sri lanka

A Viewpoint in the mountain town Ella in Sri A Viewpoint in the mountain town Ella Sri Lanka

Ella Rock

One of the best hikes in Ella! Plus, it’s the highest point in the whole area of Ella.
The hike will take you about 2-3 hours. On the way to the rock, you will see a lot of the breathtaking view of the mountain-filled area. Grassy railroads, a beautiful waterfall, and a rubber tree forest are all there waiting for you on your way to Ella rock. Don’t forget to take some snacks and plenty of drinking water with you. Some people say it’s a good advice to hire a guide on your way to the top. But, I did the hike on my own and figured my own way up to the top. It really wasn’t that difficult after all. Plus, on the way to the top, you will probably also meet enough other people to ask the way if you would feel lost.

The best way to do the Ella Rock hike is to get up early in the morning, have a good breakfast and then start the hike. Later in the day the sun will be shining much harder, this will make the hike much more difficult.

Ella Rock in Ella Sri Lanka. Ella Rock in Ella Sri Lanka. Credits: Flickr, Ankur P.

Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

A stunning railroad bridge with nine arches in the middle of a mountainous beautiful surrounding. Demodara nine arch bridge is a must visit if you want to take some really nice travel pictures on your trip in Sri Lanka. The bridge was built in the British colonial times and only contains bricks, concrete, and mortar. Not a single piece of metal was used to build the bridge. And still, it stands strong, 3100 meters above sea level. If you have the time for it, visit the Demodara Nine Arch bridge on your visit in Ella Sri Lanka.

Demodara nine arches bridge in Ella Sri Lanka. Demodara nine arches bridge in Ella Sri Lanka.

Little Adam’s peak

The easy version of Adams peak in Sri Lanka. It’s a good alternative for Ella Rock or a good second-place hike in Ella Sri Lanka. The hike is less heavy than Ella rock and features more stairs on your way to the top. In return, the view on the top of Little Adams peak is as rewarding as the view of Ella Rock.

Little Adams peak in Ella Sri Lanka. Credits: Flickr, Bamml82


Halpewatte tea factory and surrounding tea plantations

A most typical element of the Sri Lankan highlands are the many tea plantations and factories. Visiting a tea factory and surrounding plantation is a most recommended must do on your trip. Tea is one of the largest export products in Sri Lanka. Generations of tea factory owners have passed their heir onto their children, which then managed the family tea factory.

Visiting a tea factory and surrounding plantation is a most recommended activity to do on your trip.
You are going to love the evergreen beautiful tea plantations in the surroundings of Ella Sri Lanka.

One of the tea estates in Sri Lanka. One of the many tea estates in the central highlands of Sri Lanka.

 

The Famous train ride from/to Ella Sri Lanka

Online reviews say that the train ride from Ella to Haputale is one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Halputale is a small village close to Ella in the mountains of Sri Lanka.

A slow, very old train rolls through a landscape with breathtaking mountains with many tea plantations. It’s recommended to book a train ticket a few days in advance.

Train to Ella Sri Lanka. Train to Ella Sri Lanka. Credits: Flickr, Ankur P

Buduruwagala Temple

Basically, a giant rock with 7 giant stone carved statues of Buddha in a beautiful natural setting on the island of Sri Lanka. The stone sculptures date from the 10th century and actually, not many tourist visit the place. So you probably will have the whole area for yourself in peace when you consider visiting Buduruwagala Temple.

Buduruwagala temple, close to Ella Sri Lanka. Buduruwagala temple, close to Ella Sri Lanka.

 

Dhowa Ancient Rock Temple

A lovely historical place to visit when you are in Ella Sri Lanka and you want to do something cultural. The Dowa Temple dates back 2000 years and is situated close the town of Ella on the way to the waterfall. This rock temple is famous for its large unfinished Buddha image which is carved into a rock face. You will need about 30 minutes to explore this ancient rock temple.

Dhowa temple, close to Ella Sri Lanka. Dhowa temple, close to Ella Sri Lanka.

 

Ella Spice Garden

Ever wanted to take a look at how different kinds of spices like cinnamon, black pepper, and cloves are being grown? Ella spice garden will provide you with a tour through their small but nice spice garden. A vegetarian cooking class is also available to book in Ella Spice Garden if you have the time for it. Many natural ayurvedic products, made from the spices in the spice garden, are being sold in Ella Spice Garden’s shop. Some of these products can be a good buy for a nice souvenir to take home with you from your trip to Sri Lanka.

Ravana Ella Falls

Quite close to Ella Sri Lanka, a big waterfall decorates a breathtaking natural scenery. Ravanna Ella Falls is a great place to cool off with a nice fresh swim. Many locals also know Ravanna Ella Falls for that same reason. In the weekends, many local Sri Lankans visit Ravanna Ella Falls to cool off in the hottest hours of the day. The tropical climate in Sri Lanka can be very hot now and then. Next to the waterfall, you will be able to find some food stalls that, like other local markets, sell different kinds of local food, souvenirs, and fresh fruits.

Ravana falls, close to Ella Sri Lanka Ravana falls, close to Ella Sri Lanka. Credits: Flickr, Ankur P.

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