Surround yourself in the fields while relaxing in the hills of the Little Adams Peak, that is, graced by the view of the tea plantations on the Nine Arches Bridge.
Who knows what you really want is the adrenaline rush of trekking on Ella’s biggest mountain? Welcome to Ella, what you will find there is all that and a little more than your body can bear.
Speaking of supporting, after the adventures, know the restaurants of the city and savor the best of local food without restriction.
Although Ella is small, she holds beautiful, cozy accommodations with surreal views.
Ella invites you to another adventure, only this time more radical and natural. Choose how you want to live this experience and make this adventure the best of your trip to Sri Lanka.
- Where is Ella in Sri Lanka?
- Places to visit in Ella, an itinerary about the city
- How do move around in Ella?
- How to get from Ella to Nuwara Eliya, passing by Hortons Plains?
- What are the best restaurants in Ella?
- Places to stay in Ella?
- The weather and the best time to visit Ella
- How many days to stay in Ella?
Where is Ella in Sri Lanka?
Ella is a city located on the Central Plateau of Sri Lanka, about 1041 meters above the sea. Outside the sweeping sidewalks in and around, it has two main streets well equipped with restaurants and hotels to suit all tastes.
This city has approximately 45 thousand inhabitants and is about 200 km from Colombo. Ella is the arrival point of a scenic and exciting trip from or to Kandy and, if you desire, it is also the starting point for Horton Plains and Nuwara Eliya.
Make no mistake, although Ella in Sri Lanka is a small village, she has many options to do and surprise yourself with the city.
Places to visit in Ella, an itinerary about the city
Let’s begin our trip around Ella, Sri Lanka, and we hope you enjoy this ride, exploring what we separate for you with many expectations of leading you to a surreal experience. Ella is truly impressive and, for sure, will push you to overcome your own limitations. Come with us!
Little Adams Peak
Little Adams Peak is much smaller than Adams Peak. If you depart from the city, it will last about 45 minutes to reach the mountain, and with another 15 minutes, you reach the top of the peak.
This place is ideal for a radical 2 hours trekking. Along the way, you will pass through local villages, and you will see the beautiful tea plantations.
As you go up the hill you will find calm and quiet places and looking down you will see the small roads as if they had been drawn in the imperfections of the mountain.
Keep walking that you will arrive at a dirt staircase towards a Buddha statue. Then you will be absorbed by the two hills where you will contemplate several impressive landscapes.
As you walk through the peaks of Little Adams Peak, walk through the grass (if it is dry) holding onto the rocks cautiously because the descent into the dirt is slippery and you risk falling.
Ideally, you must trek through all three peaks and enjoy the breathtaking and inspiring views in the first hour of the day or in the late afternoon to watch the sunset.
After surpassing the Little Adams Peak, adventure to a more significant challenge and up to Ella Rock.
The Ella Rock trekking will require your energy and disposition. Even if the sun is scorching, you will be protected by the shadows of the trees.
If you go in the late afternoon to spend the sunset, you’ll be disappointed. The hill has no visibility to the place where the sun sets.
The course lasts 4 hours: 2 hours to climb and 2 hours to descend. Before you go, you need to take a rickshaw to Waterfall Street, and from there you start your trekking.
Pay attention to the guides who are waiting for you, to ask for extreme values just to take you to the top.
You can well avoid it you can risk it alone or with the company of a guide. Just be careful to choose a professional who knows what you are doing. Ideally, ask your hotel/hostel for a reliable guide.
Since the course is actually somewhat complicated, use the Maps.Me app instead of hiring a guide. You’ll notice that this APP is similar to Google Maps, but the big difference is that it provides routes and tracks that have been shared by other travelers.
You will not only save money, but you will enjoy better this experience even more radical and independent.
Demodara Nine Arches Bridge
The famous Nine Arches Bridge (Nine Arches Bridge) was built by the British, initially made of steel. It is about 220 meters high and is located between Ella and Demodara.
Do you know those posters and posts that publicize Kandy’s scenic trip to Ella? So what you’ll see here and a little further ahead of Ella’s station.
The forest walk takes 30 minutes. If you are on the train in the direction of Kandy to Ella and do not go out in Ella, you will cross the bridge railway.
From there you can walk to the station and walk about 40 minutes, the equivalent of 5 km.
Now if you are returning from the Little Adams Peak trekking, take the opportunity to follow the bridge (there are signs), the route takes about 25 minutes on foot.
During hiking, you will be graced with a radical experience in the middle of the narrow fields and the trees surrounding you as if you were to swallow.
Upon reaching the bridge, you will be rewarded with a sight of tea plantations in the middle of dense jungles. The images are of heart-wrenching!
You’ll soon see the bridge and have a global view of people. Take the opportunity to order a natural juice and check the schedule of the next train.
During the wait, take another juice record this moment as you hear the sound of the train approaching the geometric curves of the bridge.
They are usually quite large, so some times occupy the entire line, between the exit and the entrance in the other tunnel.
If you are coming from the train station in Ella, you will see the train passing to you. It does not lack exciting points of view to see the train closely.
A trip to Lipton’s Seat takes up half a day. Program to go in the morning or afternoon.
First, take the train that will take you to Haputale. Then a tuk-tuk to the top where you will see the result of the few seeds that Mr. Lipton sowed in 1890 and today has become one of the country’s most significant export sources, the Lipton Tea tea plantations.
From the heights, you will lose with the vastness of the plantations and how women choose the best leaves to prepare the teas.
The image is as intense as if it seems that the fields are smiling at you so well taken care of. It is indeed more of an experience for you to live in It.
Diyaluma Falls is Ella’s largest waterfall. It is recommended that you book all day to enjoy all the energy that the place has to free you.
You can leave Ella and go by car, taking about 1 hour. Then climb another 30 minutes to the top of the waterfall. Another 45 minutes and you’ll reach a place surrounded by the most surreal natural pools.
Pay attention to the danger signs. Unfortunately, many adventurers have already died in this place.
Ella Spice Garden
Ella Spice Garden is a school that teaches the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine..
Take advantage and check availability to learn how to cook the tastiest local foods.
It is essential that you check the availability of places and reservations in advance. Usually, the classes are crowded.
Ravana Fall and Cave
The Ravana is a cascade surrounded by a lush plantation and a secret cave. About 10 minutes from Ella, you reach the other side of the central city road.
This place is trendy for quick dives since the access is more straightforward than the Diyaluma waterfall.
You should also visit the (mysterious) cave and a temple that was built in memory of Ravana – who stole Sita’s wife (Ramayana story). The place is not much explored by travelers, but it is worth being visited on your trip through Ella.
Dowa Rock Temple
Dowa Rock is a temple a few miles from Ella. You can go by tuk-tuk or even walk.
The Temple protects a statue of Buddha carved from the rock. It was built with a stupa in the center resulting in a magnificent contrast.
The Market in Ella is the typical market that opens on Wednesday mornings.
In there you can find small shops that sell clothes, vegetables, fruits, spices, and fruits.
How do move around in Ella?
Ella is a small town, it is perceived that the attractions are nearby being possible to walk, but not for all places.
To visit Ella Rock, the waterfalls of Diyaluma, and other places you will need to take a tuk-tuk. Unlike some other cities, the drivers in Ella are very friendly but do not forget to negotiate with them.
With that in mind, we have prepared a full article on transports in Sri Lanka, and we guarantee that with the secrets we reveal, you will be well informed on how to negotiate with local drivers and not be taken by surprise.
How to get from Ella to Nuwara Eliya, passing by Hortons Plains?
Since you’re in Ella, what about considering Nuwara Eliya as the next place to visit? You can enjoy and go through Hortons Plains and even save some time. With this, you enjoy your trip even more.
Check your hotel for a jeep with a driver that will take you to Hortons Plains early in the morning, and wait for you there. He will take and leave you in another city, Nuwara Eliya.
As you will notice that Hortons Plains does not have many options, other than the main highlight, the natural park, go early in the morning and after, go to another city.
If you are in Ella, rent a jeep with a driver to take you to Hortons Plains and from there to Nuwara Eliya. Ask, schedule in advance at the hotel where you are settled and make an excellent negotiation to take you to Hortons Plains and proceed to Nuwara Eliya.
The cost is around 3000 rupees. But is well worth it, as you will not only see one of the most beautiful parks in Sri Lanka, but you will save time on your trip.
What are the best restaurants in Ella?
To be able to take Ella’s adrenaline you need to be well fed, but do not worry, Ella has incredible restaurants and bars that serve various types of food. Serve yourself with our best options.
Cafe Chill is Ella’s most famous restaurant which is located on the main road. They serve cold foods: detox smoothies, burgers, and pizzas.
Take advantage to go during the day as it is busy but well laid out. At night you can enjoy good music, meet other travelers and have a refreshing drink.
Ella Village Inn
The Ella Village Inn is a restaurant/bar located just off the station on the left. The place is excellent and has a stunning landscape.
It’s a nice place to visit as soon as you arrive on your train trip from Kandy to Ella and stop to relax while drinking a cold beer.
The AK Ristoro is a bit further away from the main street, but it’s an excellent place to get food in Ella.
Since the owner is Japanese, the restaurant serves pizzas, pasta, and traditional sushi.
In Reincarnation is a cozy restaurant with three floors. It is next to Ella Spice Garden just off the main road.
It serves Mexican foods with a Sinhalese flair: wrap, nachos, refreshing drinks. The place is ideal for, after a trekking stop, rest and people watching.
Adam’s Breeze is a restaurant serving tasty Asian foods. It is right on Ella’s main street.
Enjoy getting to know as soon as you return from the Nine Arches Bridge and Little Adams Peak.
Choose the tables outside, in front of the fields or inside. The place is entirely worth it.
Places to stay in Ella?
Ella has one of the most privileged accommodations in all Sri Lanka. Almost all hotels and hostels we suggest have views to the tea fields or the mountains that create surreal images. Check out the best hotels and hostels to stay in Ella.
Ella Escapade Hostel is a cozy hostel where you will find another backpackers. It’s close to Little Adams Peak and Ella Rock. The hostel hosts are very helpful. Breakfast is included, as also the pool and the wifi with high speed.
The downside is the distance. Despite being close to the center, it will take about 30 minutes to get to the trails. But nothing that you cannot solve with a tuk-tuk ride.
The Residence is a house where rooms are rented. It is located near the rails to Little Adams Peak and Nine Arches Bridge and offers internet throughout the house and a beautiful garden to relax.
It also offers bicycle and car rental services for private accommodation. Talk to the owners and rent the jeep to take you to Hortons Plains and Nuwara Eliya (as we suggested above).
Ella Village Inn is a cheerful hotel and in every detail demonstrates the energy of Sri Lanka. It is located in a very central area of Ella.
The place charms for simplicity, the accommodations (double or single bed) are modest and clean bathrooms.
The hotel offers a safe, and you can book trips and tours. If required, just ask for laundry and dry cleaning services at the front desk.
The in-house restaurant serves a variety of Western and Oriental foods. Another option is to order meals in the privacy of your room.
The Secret Ella is a resort that is close to Ella station with an impressive view of the mountains.
There you will feel at home with very comfortable accommodation, outdoor pool, room service, and excellent service.
The facilities at the resort are so relaxing, and at the same time, luxurious that will undoubtedly be a perfect retreat in your trip to Ella.
The Tenth Hotel is a modern and simple accommodation. It is located close to the train station.
It’s actually one of the best places to stay in Ella, with incredible views of Ella mountains.
There you will have the option to relax in the living room of your room or go out to breathe some fresh air in the garden. They offer non-smoking rooms, free Wi-Fi and free parking, as well as an airport transfer.
The Ella Jungle Resort is a luxury in the middle of nature. This resort is close to the cascades, train station and Ella’s main road.
The decision is yours: choose to walk through the surrounding jungle, enjoy the view or take that dip and do trekking.
The resort accommodations are comfortable, and you can be carefree because they have some musketeers, so you do not have problems with mosquitoes.
The weather and the best time to visit Ella
In Ella, the climate is colder compared to other regions like Negombo, Colombo, Kandy. That’s because this city receives a lot of rain throughout the year to keep the landscapes in the most vivid and green colors.
Because of this, the summer has a short duration, the sky is more cloudy, and the temperatures range from 15ºC to 31ºC.
Although you may find occasional rains, the best time to visit Ella is between the beginning of January and the beginning of April.
It avoids traveling between December and March in which the northeast monsoon arrives at the city causing storms and rains above normal.
We have an article about the best time to visit Sri Lanka and outline the best city map to visit on this resplendent island.
How many days to stay in Ella?
As you realized, Ella is for nature lovers, and they dare to bet on radical adventures. Also, it is the end of a trip from Kandy to Ella and 100% dedicated to tourism, so there you will find some of the best restaurants and hotels with reasonable prices.
3 days in Ella should be enough to do and see all the main things, and then move on to other cities like Nuwara Eliya passing through Hortons Plains (as we suggested above). Now the weather, the people, the atmosphere, the attractions are really an invitation to stay more days in Ella.
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