Ella is a picturesque village nestled in the mountains of Sri Lanka and in some ways is similar to Pai in Thailand. Come here if you like unspoiled nature and hiking, or if you want to take an old fashioned train ride into the mountains. This is an inspiring and pretty spot in Sri Lanka and even if you don’t spend all your time hiking, the most popular activity here, there are a still a range of other things to keep you entertained.
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Just thirty minutes outside of Ella you will come to Nine Arches Bridge, a beautiful spot that was built by the British during the colonial period. The bridge is known for its architectural style and the surrounding views are beautiful. We advise you to walk across the bridge to capture all the beauty on camera. If you can, try and get here just before 4.30 in the afternoon when the train comes down from Kandy and you can catch this iconic railway bridge in action.
Ella is famous for the tea plantations which surround it, and you can easily walk through these as you wander around the village. As part of a tour of the tea plantations you can also visit one of the nearby tea factories and for a few bucks you can get a guided tour to learn all about how tea is grown and harvested. Of course, you can buy the tea as a souvenir to take home, and this can be some of the nicest tea you will find in Sri Lanka, as most of the good stuff is exported.
Even if you feel that you have had enough of hiking in Ella, it’s worth visiting the Ravana Waterfall. The falls rise 25 meters in the air and the views are stunning, so much so that this is also a popular spot with locals. You can either take a bus or hike to the waterfall, and if you choose the last option then it can feel wonderful to swim in the pool at the base of the falls after a sweaty hike.
Ella Rock Hike Climb
The hike out to Ella Rock is only really recommended for experienced climbers and can be quite a difficult climb. The hike takes you a decent four hours to complete but the rock is majestic and the views over the town are beautiful making it a sweet reward at the end. It gets steep near to the top so make sure you take food and water with you as you won’t find any along the way. Also make sure that you wear good shoes that are suitable for walking and be careful if you should be there during the rainy season as it gets slippery near the summit.
Little Adam’s Peak
If you are looking for an easier hike then Little Adam’s Peak is the place to come. As you walk to the summit you will still be surrounded by gorgeous views and green landscapes, but at an elevation of 2243 meters this is definitely easier on your legs. The path is well marked by signs so you don’t need a guide for this hike and it can be a nice way to see the views over Ella without having to do anything too difficult.
Even if you don’t particularly like hiking, Ella is still great place to visit and you may be surprised to find that the scenery inspires you to get outside more. There are walks and hikes for different levels of ability here so there will be something for everyone. If you want a challenge then Ella Rock is a good choice, or you can try Little Adam’s Peak for something that is a little easier to manage.