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Travel Guide of Ella in Sri Lanka by Influencers and Travelers

Ella is a small town in the Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka governed by an Urban Council. It is approximately 200 kilometres east of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 1,041 metres above sea level.

The Best Things to Do and Visit in Ella


1 - Ravana Falls

Ravana Falls is a popular sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country.

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2 - Little Adam's Peak

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3 - Safaris in Uva Province

   7 km away

We are one of leading tour service provider Since 1984. Park Gate is opens at 6 AM and we are ready to drive then. First Try is to get in to the park as one of first Jeeps. That will give us maximum opportunities everyday. Early morning first 2 hours and the day end last 2 hours is the golden hours for the leopard spotting. Therefore we will not waste our time with the common animals or birds within this time. After this Golden Hours we will change the driving style in to explaining process and stop by every single thing we see on our route. Within this tours to Yala, Big 3 is Leopard, Sloth Bear & Elephants. Other than that Many other different animal like Crocodiles, Monkeys, Deers, Birds, Jackals, Mongoose..... Many people in there reviews mentioned that the Yala is very busy, I have to say this. We will not drive only the main road of the park. Over set of Toyota Hilux/Toyota Land Cruiser Jeeps are able to Drive any road in the park and we will.

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4 - Ravana's Cave

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5 - Ella Rock

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6 - Wildlife Watching in Uva Province

   7 km away

3 Hours Safari with Udawalawe Safari Fun Include this package -Free hotel pickup and drop (udawalawe area) -4x4 customized luxury safari jeep -Well experienced safari jeep driver

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7 - Diyathalawa

   12 km away

Diyatalawa is a former garrison town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, in the Badulla District of Uva Province. It is situated at an altitude of 1,499 m and has become a popular destination for local holiday makers.

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8 - Dunhinda Falls

   16 km away

Dunhinda Falls is a waterfall located about 5 kilometres from Badulla in the lower central hills of Sri Lanka. The waterfall, which is 64 metres high, gets its name from the smoky dew drops spray, which surrounds the area at the foot of the waterfall.

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9 - Shore Excursions in Uva Province

   7 km away

Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Colombo or Galle and pick you up. Your Four Wheel Jeep will be ready at Yala National and you will be switched to it after a driver from Private Air Conditioned Vehicle. Then, you will proceed to the National Park. The vehicle is open on all sides to provide a panoramic view of the fauna and flora in the National Park. You have the choice of a morning safari at 5:00 am or an afternoon safari at 2:30 pm, and they each last approximately 3 hours. Leopards, Elephants, Sloth Bears, Wild Water Buffaloes, Fishing Cats, Wild Boars, Crocodiles, and a number species of birds are among the many animals that you may see during your visit. During the drive, you can get off at Patanangala where you could get to the beach and at the bank of the Menik River. After being in the Park for around three hours, you will return to your hotel.

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10 - Welimada

   19 km away

Welimada is a town in the Badulla District of the Uva Province of Sri Lanka.

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11 - Ohiya

   23 km away

Ohiya is a rural village located in Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka. It is much closer to the Horton Plains National Park. The picturesque Colombo -Badulla Railyway runs through Ohiya. Ohiya is in the Welimada Divisional Secretariat Division and the Grama Niladhari Division number is 62A. Ohiya is one of the most scenic places in Sri Lanka. On a clear day the view from the Ohiya Gap/Dondra Watch extends up to the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

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12 - Mountain Bike Tours in Uva Province

   7 km away

Much of the reserve is parkland, but it also contains jungle, beaches, freshwater lakes and rivers and scrubland. The latter zone is punctuated with enormous rocky outcrops. The range of habitats give rise to a good range of wildlife. The Yala National Park Safari Tour from Ella brings you the great opportunity of experiencing a soothing village environment along with the rich cultural composition of Yala.

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13 - Bambarakanda Falls

   26 km away

Bambarakanda Falls is the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka. With a height of 263 m, it ranks as the 299th highest waterfall in the world. Situated in Kalupahana in the Badulla District, this waterfall is 5 km away from the A4 Highway. The waterfall was formed by Kuda Oya, which is a branch of the Walawe River. The Bambarakanda Falls can be found in a forest of pine trees.

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14 - Horton Plains National Park

   28 km away

Horton Plains National Park is a national park in the central highlands of Sri Lanka that was designated in 1988. It is located at an elevation of 2,100–2,300 m and encompasses montane grassland and cloud forest.

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15 - Camping in Uva Province

   7 km away

Experience the surreal world of fly-camping where you and your loved ones are immersed deep in the wilderness in complete seclusion. Enjoy a romantic dinner under the moonlight and fall asleep gazing up at the Milky Way and the millions of twinkling stars above your cozy mattress, then wake up to a beautiful sunrise and a delicious breakfast, complete with a warm cup of coffee, set up just for you by the lake and observe the wildlife you share it with.Whether you seek calm relaxation or a thrilling experience

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16 - Baker's Falls

   29 km away

Baker's Falls is a famous waterfall in Sri Lanka. It is located in the Horton Plains National Park, on a tributary of the Belihul Oya. The height of the Baker's waterfalls is 20 metres. The falls were named after British explorer and big game hunter, Sir Samuel Baker. Many Rhododendron and Fern bushes can be seen around the waterfall.

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17 - Nuwara Eliya

   30 km away

Nuwara Eliya is a city in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. Its name means "city on the plain" or "city of light". The city is the administrative capital of Nuwara Eliya District, with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is at an altitude of 1,868 m and is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is known for its temperate, cool climate – the coolest area in Sri Lanka.

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18 - Avissawella - Hatton - Nuwara Eliya Road

   34 km away

Talawakelle is a town in Nuwara Eliya District in the Central Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. It is the center of Dimbula tea planting district, the largest tea growing area in Sri Lanka.

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Why should you visit Ella ?

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How to visit Ella ?

Ella, a picturesque town located in the highlands of Sri Lanka, is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking breathtaking landscapes, lush greenery, and an authentic Sri Lankan experience. The town is surrounded by beautiful tea plantations, waterfalls, and offers a plethora of outdoor activities.

To get to Ella, the most popular option is taking the scenic train journey from Kandy or Colombo. This journey is renowned for its stunning views of lush tea plantations, waterfalls, and valleys. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Kandy or Colombo, which is slightly faster but not as picturesque. Taxis and private cars are also available for hire.

Before traveling to Ella, it's essential to book your accommodation in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons. It's also a good idea to pre-book tickets for the train journey if you want to secure a reserved seat.

Visiting Ella is quite affordable, with accommodation options ranging from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxury resorts. Meals in local restaurants are also inexpensive. Entrance fees for attractions like the Nine Arches Bridge or Little Adam's Peak are free, while a visit to a tea plantation may cost a small fee.

Some of the best things to do in Ella include hiking Little Adam's Peak, visiting the iconic Nine Arches Bridge, and exploring the beautiful Ravana Falls. Don't miss the chance to visit a tea plantation, such as the Halpewatte Tea Factory, where you can learn about the tea-making process and sample the local brew.

For delicious Sri Lankan cuisine, try Café Chill, a popular spot among travelers offering local and international dishes in a laid-back atmosphere. Another great option is Matey Hut, a small eatery that serves traditional Sri Lankan food prepared with fresh ingredients.

When it comes to accommodation, Ella offers a range of options to suit different budgets. For a budget-friendly stay, consider the Ella Flower Garden Resort, which offers cozy rooms with mountain views. If you're looking for a more luxurious experience, 98 Acres Resort & Spa provides upscale villas with stunning views and top-notch amenities.

Off the beaten path:

For an unusual travel experience in Ella, venture into the lesser-known Ella Spice Garden. This privately-owned garden is home to various spices and herbs used in Sri Lankan cuisine. The owner, Mr. Bandara, offers guided tours where you can learn about the cultivation and use of these spices. You can also participate in a cooking class, where you'll learn to prepare traditional Sri Lankan dishes using the spices grown in the garden. This immersive experience provides unique insights into local culture and culinary traditions, leaving you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Learn More about Ella

Perched at more than 1000 meters above sea level, Ella is a small picturesque town in Sri Lanka located in the province of Badulla. It is also the starting point of many hikes, including the ascent of "Little Adam's Peak" which will offer you a superb panorama of the entire valley once you reach the top. If you don't feel like climbing Adam's Peak, the miniature version is for you! A visit to Ella is an opportunity to learn about the tea culture. The village is surrounded by tea plantations. This is the perfect place to meet the rural population and discover all the subtleties of this particular plant. If you like nature, the Rawana waterfalls will offer you a pleasant moment of relaxation. Located at less than ten minutes from the village by bus and at the edge of the road, you will be able to take advantage of the waterfalls to refresh yourself during a small, very pleasant bath in the middle of the Sri Lankans. The Nine arches bridge is one of the most famous and most photographed places in Sri Lanka. In addition to being very aesthetic, this structure also has an interesting history. It was built with the strong involvement of the British colonial forces in the early 20th century. But before construction could begin, World War I broke out and all the steel that was planned for the construction of the bridge was eventually used in the war effort.But this did not deter the Sri Lankans who, after temporarily halting work, built the bridge without steel with only bricks and cement.

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