Ella-Things to Do & See:

Nestled amidst the scenic hills and lush greenery of Sri Lanka’s central region, Ella has emerged as a must-visit destination in recent years. Derived from the Sinhala phrase “diya ella” meaning “waterfall,” Ella boasts a plethora of cascades, offering a picturesque setting for exploration.

Situated 1,040 meters above sea level, Ella is located approximately 200km East of Colombo. Its elevated position provides a cooler and more humid climate, ideal for cultivating tea. As a result, the region is adorned with tea plantations and estates, creating a serene and idyllic atmosphere.

Without further ado, let us delve into the top things to do in Ella, ensuring you make the most of your visit:

Ella-Things to Do & See: Climb Little Adam’s Peak


  Embark on a delightful hike, lasting about an hour each way, through tea plantations and a charming village. Reaching the summit rewards you with panoramic views of the enchanting Ella Gap and the sprawling valleys beyond.


Conquer Ella Rock


 Challenge yourself with a two-hour climb to the pinnacle of Ella Rock. The effort is certainly worth it as you soak in breathtaking vistas and capture memorable photographs of the surrounding landscapes.


Visit the Iconic Nine Arches Bridge


 Immerse yourself in the beauty of the viaduct-style Nine Arches Bridge, an Instagram-famous landmark. Constructed during the early 1920s, this architectural marvel stands as a testament to British Colonial times. However, be prepared for crowds, as it is a popular tourist spot.


Marvel at Diyaluma Falls


 Witness the awe-inspiring Diyaluma Falls, the second-highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Located in Poonagala, just an hour’s drive from Ella town, these majestic falls offer a chance to swim in natural pools and enjoy breathtaking views (exercise caution during adverse weather conditions).


Explore a Tea Factory


 Immerse yourself in the world of Ceylon tea by visiting one of the many tea factories in the area. Discover the intricate process behind producing the world-renowned Ceylon tea and indulge in the perfect cup of tea while surrounded by scenic tea estates.


Discover Ravana Falls and Ravana Ella Cave


 Experience the beauty of Ravana Falls and explore the intriguing Ravana Ella Cave. Legend has it that this cave served as a hiding place for King Ravana after he kidnapped Princess Sita from her husband, Rama. The cave’s historical significance dates back an astonishing 25,000 years.



Enjoy the Splendor of Lipton’s Seat


 Venture to neighboring Haputale and visit Lipton’s Seat, an extraordinary lookout point. Here, you’ll witness vast expanses of tea plantations, accompanied by the industrious tea pluckers dotting the landscape. This spot holds historical significance as it was the vantage point from which Sir Thomas Lipton, the Scottish tea magnate, surveyed his tea empire.


Take a Sri Lankan Cooking Class


Delight your taste buds with the flavors of Sri Lankan cuisine by participating in a cooking class. Several establishments in the Ella area offer the opportunity to learn how to prepare authentic Sri Lankan curries, allowing you to savor the culinary delights of the country.


Experience the Thrill of Zip-Lining


 For adrenaline enthusiasts, the “Flying Ravana” zipline experience near Little Adam’s Peak is a must-try. Soar through the air at high speeds, gliding over tea plantations with breathtaking views. With safety certified by the European Rope Course Association, you can enjoy an exhilarating adventure while appreciating the surrounding natural beauty.


Embark on the Scenic Kandy to Ella Train Ride


 Prepare for an unforgettable journey aboard the Kandy to Ella train, widely renowned as one of the world’s most scenic rail routes. Admire the awe-inspiring landscapes featuring mountains, valleys, waterfalls, forests, and tea estates. The friendly camaraderie onboard adds to the magical ambiance, making it an experience you won’t want to miss.

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We wish you a safe and memorable journey in Ella, where unforgettable experiences await. We eagerly anticipate your arrival and can’t wait to extend our warmest hospitality to you!