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Country rank: 4 out of 53 Places To Visit In Sri-lanka

Sub-Region: South Central Sri Lanka


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Ideal duration: 2 - 3 Days

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Nearest Airport: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Sri Lanka (Check Flights)

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Ella Tourism

Ella is a beautiful town located in the Badulla district of the Uva Province in Sri Lanka. The pride of Sri Lanka, Ella showcases some fantastic views of the valleys, tea gardens and cafes while offering a pleasant climate throughout the year. 

The town is most famous for its iconic nine arches railway bridge which is a fine example of colonial-era construction in Sri Lanka. A trek down the railway track to the bridge is a popular activity, especially around the time the train arrives. There are numerous quaint cafes, walking trails and guest houses nestled in the hills for a peaceful getaway. One can also visit the famous Lipton's Seat where the tea mogul Sir Thomas Lipton would oversee his ever-expanding empire.


Ella is also covered by the dense forests, which are consistently encircled by a mild cloud cover. The town is also famous for its tea plantation, which is one of the primary sources of foreign exchange for the country.  This destination offers incredible hiking trails through the woods. A tiny and pleasant place within the Uva province to have some fun and spend some quality time.

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The village of Ella was a beautiful and straightforward mountain town until recently it became a popular tourist destination. The history of Sri Lanka is quite often associated with the Indian Epic ‘Ramayana’ and hence is said to be King Ravana’s Lanka where he kept lord Rama’s wife, Sita after kidnapping her. The town of Ella is supposedly a part of this folk tale as the locals believe that Sita was held captive in a cave near Ella and can be on your way towards the famous attraction of the town the Rawana Ella Falls, which is approximately 5 kms south of Ella. Thus, the history of the city is interestingly curious.

The town of Ella is best known for its Sri Lankan food as well as the western cuisine. The beautiful city is lined up with several cafes which offer great ambience as well as good food. Some of the popular cafes include Cafe chill and Matey hut. Cafe chill situated on the main road and as the name personifies is a relaxed cafe serving both the authentic food of the Sri Lankan cuisine and fast food along with some good music. On the other hand, the matey hut is a tiny log hut serving delicious mean rice and curry. Thus, a pit stop to these places to fill your belly up before that hike is a must!



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