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Tucked into Badulla District, Ella is a laid-back town drawing travellers to Sri Lanka's highlands with tea plantations, mountain jungles and a cool climate. At an elevation of 1,041 metres, this wildlife-rich townhouse friendly town has ancient caves, centuries-old secluded temples, and the famous Ella Gap - a cleft between two hills overlooking lofty views.
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.
Hiking to the breathtaking Ella Rock and Little Adam's Peak through bamboo forests is an incredible accomplishment. Sri Lanka's second-highest waterfall, Diyaluma Falls, overlooks natural swimming pools in Ella's mountains. Connoisseurs of the world-famous Ceylon tea love the plantations, tea factories, and Ella Spice Garden.
Ella's other popular attractions are Ellawala Falls and Ravana Caves, where King Ravana hid Princess Sita and now offers 82-metre-high ziplining. So whether for a fun-filled vacation with friends and family, digging into Lanka's past, or beating the heat in style, Sri Lanka's "Little England", Ella features something special for every history buff, nature enthusiast, and hiker, trekker and the modern traveller.
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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.