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The tea capital of Sri Lanka, Ella is a small town located in Nuwara Eliya District in the highlands of Sri Lanka, which is a paradise on Earth. Any traveler’s tour to Sri Lanka is incomplete without visiting this place. The town has a lot to offer to its visitors. The climate here is always pleasant making it more perfect for a destination.
Ella is surrounded by mountains and forests making it perfect for adventure seekers. There are plenty of options for hiking and trekking on Ella places like Ella Rock and Little Adam’s Peak. On reaching the top, the scenery is bound to leave a person awestruck. It is jaw-droppingly beautiful. There are ample spots for sightseeing; the most famous of them is Ravana Falls. This fall is associated with a devil of Hindu Mythology, Ravana. This significance makes both Ella and the fall more fascinating. It has scenic beauty all around, to help the travelers enjoy it all, Ella has trains that go around the city. These trains are said to be the world’s best.
It is a spot that gives the genuinely necessary break from the day to day hustle of cities. It soothes the soul through its tranquility and greenery. Whether you want to relax in the lap of nature, trek, hike, or explore the stories of the legends, you are going to love the memories you will make in Ella. As an added benefit, the food here is delicious and is made up of freshly grown vegetables at home. It will be unfair to ask anything more from a small town but what else can one need?
Location: Nuwara Eliya District
Nearest Airport: Colombo
How to reach: by air/road/train
Famous for: Little Adam’s Peak, Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Rock, Ravana Falls, Trekking & Hiking
Best time to visit: December to June
Dhowa temple, Bambaragala Peak, Ella Rock, Little Adam’s Peak, Ravana Ella Falls, Nine, Arches Bridge, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery
Ella is a Tamil word meaning ‘all’ in English. The town has it all – greenery, adventure, tranquility, and stories of myths and legends. It mainly finds significance in Hindu mythology. Ella places have the line for myth and reality blurred for it. It is said that Ravana, the ten-headed demon kidnapped Sita and hid her here. Many historians believe that the story is true due to the pieces of evidence found here.
The languages are spoken in Ella is the same as any town in Sri Lanka, Tamil, and Sinhala. However, due to the footfall of tourists in large numbers, most locals can speak English as well. As for food, one must eat Ella’s famous Sinhalese rice and curry cooked with homegrown vegetables.
Apart from earning through tourists, tea plantation is a major source of earning for the locals. The place is extremely tourist-friendly.
Little Adam’s Peak also goes by the names Siri Pada and Mini Adam’s Peak. It should be among the must-visit Ella places on the list. It is an easy hiking spot that takes about 40 minutes. The view of clouds at the top is a treat to the eyes.
Nine Arch Bridge connects Ella with the town Demodra. The train tour takes 35-40 minutes, completely worth it for this masterpiece of engineering. It has been built without using steel, only with bricks, stones, and cement. The scenic beauty of Ella can be felt while on the train on this bridge.
Ella Rock is the best of thrills for hikers. It is a 4-hour long hiking experience. The hikers can set up camps and rest along the way. The best time for reaching the top is in the morning as the beauty is said to be on its peak. Wear comfortable footwear to avoid sprains.
Ravana Falls is located near Ella Rock. It is a must-stop for sightseeing. It is the widest falls of Sri Lanka and a part of Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary. As per the Hindu mythology Ramayana, Ravana after abducting Sita hid her in the caves behind this falls.
Adisham Bungalow is a monastery run by the monks. It was created by Sir Thomas Lister Villiers in 1931. It is apt for sightseeing for it has beautiful architecture. The Bungalow opens only on weekends and holidays and is one of the best of Ella places to visit.
A little secluded from other Ella places, the fall is located around 25 km away from Ella. In the native language Sinhala, ‘Dun’ means smoke. It is called Dunhinda due to the mist created by it. It is said to be Sri Lanka’s most beautiful waterfalls.
Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s highest town and is a must-visit. It is famous for tea plantations. Apart from that, it organizes sports events like car racing, festive fairs, etc. The tallest mountain of Sri Lanka, Mount Pedro is in close proximity to this town.
This train journey, from Nuwara to Ella is hailed as the most beautiful train journey in the world. The train has open doors to provide a wider view of beauty. The beauty of Ella places will seep into your soul through this ride. It can be visited all day.
The tourists can wander among Ella places through hiking. In fact, hiking is one of the major attractions of Ella. There are ample options to choose from. A small and easy hike can be taken on the Little Adam’s Peak. Those with passion for hiking can go to Ella Rock.