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Ella Tourism

Tucked into Badulla District, Ella is a charming laidback town drawing travelers to Sri Lanka's highlands with tea plantations, mountain jungles, and a cool climate. At an elevation of 1,041 meters, this wildlife-rich town has ancient caves, centuries-old secluded temples, and the famous Ella Gap - a cleft between two hills overlooking lofty views. Ella is just 200km from Colombo, and its central location makes it a great starting point for exploring Sri Lanka's beautiful hill side.

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.

Must Know Before You Travel to Ella

  • Where to Stay:
    There are plenty of guesthouses and small hotels in Ella, but no large chain hotels. Choose a hotel close to Ella Town Center for easy access to the best restaurants, cafes, and nightlife.
    For peaceful stay and scenic views, stay near Ella-Passara road towards the hill
  • Getting Around:
    Ella is small enough to explore on foot. However, you need transportation like a tuk to visit places like Lipton's Seat and Diyamula Waterfalls.
    Negotiate the fare with tuk-tuk drivers before starting your journey
    Bike rentals are available at many shops and guesthouses
  • Book the Ella Kandy train ticket in advance as the tickets get sold out fast

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History of Ella

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.

Food in Ella

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 is 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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Nine Arches Bridge in Ella
Tea Factory surrounded by tea plantations in Ella
Adam's peak in Ella

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What is the best time to visit Ella?

The town of Ella depicting some magnificent views through the Ella gap has its period of showcasing some valleys when the weather is warm and pleasant. Being covered by the cloud forests, the climate in Ella is usually humid with chances of rain throughout the year. Although, the temperature during June, July, and August are comparatively hotter than the period between January till May. The month of August is a month wherein the temperature varies 30.9 degree Celsius to dropping around 18.3 degree Celsius at night. However, to avoid theses varying degrees, one can visit the alluring town from January till May, as the weather is significantly warm in the morning and afternoon and one can witness chilly nights. So, buckle up and plan your visit to this incredible town soon!
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What are the things to do in Ella?

The top things to do in Ella are Nine Arches Bridge, Ravana Falls, Bopath Falls, Duwili Falls, Thudugala Falls, Kithal Ella Falls. You can see all the places to visit in Ella here

What are the places near Ella?

The top places near to Ella are Nuwara eliya which is 29 km from Ella, Kandy which is located 65 km from Ella, Galle which is located 128 km from Ella, Colombo which is located 131 km from Ella, Anuradhapura which is located 175 km from Ella

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