Here are the top 17 tourist attractions to see in Ella:

1. Nine Arches Bridge

2 km
from city center
1 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

Nine Arches Bridge, also known as Ahas Namaye Palama or The Bridge in the Sky, is an iconic architectural structure located in the mountainous region of Ella in Sri Lanka. It is a magnificent stone bridge, built amidst lush green tea plantations, with stunning mountains in the backdrop. This ancient construction is 91 metres long and 24 metres high and never fails to leave tourists spellbound at its beauty.

2. Ravana Falls

3 km
from city center
2 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

Just 2 km from Ella city, perched at an altitude of 82 feet is the Ravana cave, and Ravana falls. The history of Sri Lanka dates back to over 2000 years and it finds itself in the iconic Ramayana. It is believed that Ravana was a fervent Sri Lankan by origin and stood as a villain in the lives of duo Ram – Sita. He captured Sita and kept her hostage in his custody in the famous, Ravana caves and the Ravana falls. Landscapes around the Ravana falls comprises of slopes, valleys, hills and streams that ornament the rocks.

3. Bopath Falls

75 km
from city center
3 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

Bopath falls is located in Rathnapura district of Sri Lanka. The district by itself stands at an elevation of 130m. Water gushes forth from a mountain cliff, whose crevices appear so minute, it makes one wonder how the water flows at that velocity.

4. Duwili Falls

30 km
from city center
4 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

Duwili Ella Falls or Walawe Ganga East Falls is a milky flow of water that is suspended from a height of 40 metres. Nestled in Thanjantenna village, of Rathnapura district Duwili in Sinhalese translates to ‘dust’. The velocity at which the water pours makes the flow of water look like dust falling from the sky. Hence the name “Duwili”.

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5. Thudugala Falls

124 km
from city center
5 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

Thudugala Ella waterfall is situated in the Thudugala village of Kalutara district. This western province is located 40 km away from Colombo at complete connectivity with the other coastal beaches. Unlike many waterfalls that are perched on a hilltop at massive heights, Thudugala stands apart. The waters flow on rocks that gradient at intermittent levels. The irregularity causes the waters to gush, making a soft thud. The waters are cold and they make a euphony as they hit the pools of water.

6. Kithal Ella Falls

1 km
from city center
6 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

Kithal Ella Falls is around 2.4 km away from Ella, a town known for its lush vegetation, towering mountains and tranquillity. Cascading down from a height of 23 metres, flowing past the gaps within rocks, this small but picturesque waterfall is frequently visited during the hike towards Ella Rock.

7. Demodara Loop

0 km
from city center
7 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

The Demodara Loop is a spiral railway loop in Demodara and is a piece of cutting-edge civil engineering. The railway line runs underneath itself, snakes around the mountain and appears from a tunnel which is below the Demodara Railway Station; this railway line is said to be the only one of its kind in the world.

8. Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya

13 km
from city center
8 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya or Muthiyangana Temple is a Buddhist temple at the centre of Badulla, a town 22.7 km away from Ella. The stupa has a history dating back to the 5th century BC and has continued to be a popular attraction in the country for tourists and pilgrims alike.

9. Dunhinda Falls

17 km
from city center
9 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

Dunhinda Falls is at Badulla, approximately an hour away from Ella. The falls tumble down a narrow gap between rocks and expand to form a stunning smoky cascade—an appearance reminiscent of a bridal veil; no wonder it is also known as Bridal Falls. The falls finally crash into a pool at the bottom.

10. Lipton's Seat

10 km
from city center
10 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

Lipton's Seat is a viewpoint situated in the Haputale mountain range, atop the Dambatenne Tea Estate. Located at a height of 1970 metres above sea level, Lipton's Seat offers spectacular 360-degree views of the verdant hills and tea plantations. Add to that a cup of hot tea—it certainly can't get any better!

11. Ravana Caves

0 km
from city center
11 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

The Ravana caves are located 2 km away from the Ella town on the foundation of a cliff and are said to be about 4000 years old. One can take a car up on the hill till one reaches the Ravana Ella temple (which is 2500 years old), and from there it is a trek of 800 steps till the Ravana caves. In between, one can find a small tea stall where you can enjoy some refreshing tea amidst the pleasant breeze of the hill or take some rest there. There are some cemented steps and some made of rocks and tree roots, and one can see many monkeys on the way and hear birds chirping.

12. Ella Spice Garden

0 km
from city center
12 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

The beautiful and charming village of Ella is nestled in Sri Lanka and is also popularly known as the spice capital of Sri Lanka. Ella has some world-famous tea gardens which are breathtakingly beautiful, but the speciality is the chance to, do taste some delicious home cooking in the Ella spice garden. With more than 4000 trees in the Ella spice garden, the primary purpose of the spice garden is to encourage the production of spices in Sri Lanka. Ella is located almost 200 km away from the capital city of Colombo and is one of the most amazing places for you if you are fond of cooking a hearty and delicious meal for yourself and your loved ones.

13. Dhowa Rock Temple

0 km
from city center
13 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

The Dhowa temple is located in the beautiful Uva province and is a popular tourist attraction. The Dhova rock temple is almost 2000 years old and was used as a sanctuary for King Walagamba. The king later converted the cave into a temple.

14. Uva Halpewatte Tea Factory

0 km
from city center
14 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

One will find many tea factories in Sri Lanka especially in the Uva region of the beautiful town of Ella. Among all these tea factories the Uva Halpewatte Tea Factory is the largest one. The factory was once a part of the British era which dates back to the 1940s.

15. Mahamevnama Monastery

15 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

Mahamevnama Monastery is part of the series of monasteries which originated from Sri Lanka but grew to nine other countries including Canada, United States of America and Australia. The primary purpose is to present the spiritual teachings of Gautama Buddha easily so that people can easily understand it.

16. Ella Rock

0 km
from city center
16 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

One of the best hiking and trekking sites in Sri Lanka, the Ella rocks provide the most picturesque views from the top. Walking through the beautiful path, the train track, bridge and the tea plantation on the way up is a wholesome experience. You may start your trekking from Ella railway station, Kithal Ella railway station or Heel Oya railway track if you are keen to travel amidst the mountains. Kithal Ella being the closest to the rock. It takes no more than 4 hours to trek up and down. One can sit and enjoy some coconut water and fruits being sold on the top while embracing the wind and admiring the spectacular view.

17. Little Adam's Peak

2 km
from city center
17 out of 17
places to visit in Ella

Little Adam's peak is the mini version of the pilgrimage mountain site of central Sri Lanka called Adam's peak. Located in Ella, The little Adam's shape is the same as it's so-called bigger brother The Adam's Peak. It provides a less exhausting and more pleasant alternative as a hiking spot to those who cannot hike on a mountain as big as Adam's peak but also want to see a breathtaking view from a mountain's top.

FAQs on Ella

What are the top sightseeing places in Ella?

The top sightseeing places in Ella are Nine Arches Bridge, Ravana Falls, Bopath Falls, Duwili Falls, Thudugala Falls, Kithal Ella Falls.

What are the top activities in Ella?

The top activities in Ella are 4G SIM Card (CMB Airport Pick Up) for Sri Lanka, 4G SIM Card (SG/MY Delivery) for Australia and Asia, Private City Transfers between Ella and Kandy, Mirissa, Colombo, or Galle, Yala National Park Safari Day Tour from Ella, Ella 3 Icons Private Day Tour, Flying Ravana Zipline Experience in Ella.
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