Ella

Ella is a quaint village situated in the middle of Sri Lanka’s hill country. With an incredible climate and picturesque surroundings of the hills, tea plantations and forests, Ella is one of the most beautiful destinations in Sri Lanka.

The village is flanked on both sides by huge mountains, the front of which is the renowned Ella Rock. The hike up Ella Rock is about four hours both ways. There is a space between two sides of the rock, known as Ella Gap. Through this amazing gap, you can see plains that are nearly 1000 m below. This view is truly magnificent and on a clear fine day, you can see right across to the south coast of Sri Lanka. Those looking for an easier hike can opt for the splendid view from Little Adam’s Peak. It takes about 1.5 hours to reach this peak and back, with fewer steps to climb. Ella is also home to Ravana Ella falls, which is one of the widest falls in the island.

Situated 13 km away from Ella is the town of Bandarawela, which is renowned for its cool and dry climate. A former colonial base, Bandarawela rests among lush forests and has a niche for eco-tourism in Sri Lanka. Notable attractions near Bandarawela include Lipton’s Seat – which provides gorgeous views of the surrounding area and Adisham Bungalow – a Catholic monastery. Another area that developed during colonial rule was Koslanda, which is situated a short distance south of Bandarawela. Koslanda’s mild climate and beautiful environment makes this a lovely place to stay. The Diyaluma Falls, the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka, is situated close by here.

We recommend staying at luxurious boutique hotels such as 98 Acres Resort, which is close to Little Adam’s Peak in Ella and Living Heritage in Koslanda.