Ella is a small town in the Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka. It is approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) east of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 1,041 metres (3,415 ft) above the sea level. The area has a rich bio-diversity dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna. The city is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations. The town has a cooler climate than its surroundings, due to its elevation. The Ella Gap allows views across the southern plains of Sri Lanka. A few attractions include:
This is Ella’s best known tourist attraction, aptly named since it has a similar shape to Adam’s Peak, which is Sri Lanka’s holy mountain. Little Adam’s Peak is a much shorter and easier climb though – it takes half an hour to climb to the top of the 1141 meter peak. The walk is enjoyable and clearly marked as you meander through tea plantations and take in breathtaking views of Ella Rock, Ravana Falls and the endless valley below.
Ella Rock is a great activity for those that are really interested in hiking and trekking, and is slightly more challenging than the climb to Little Adam’s Peak. Although you can find your way without a guide, there are no clear signs and several tracks, so if you’re looking for the fastest way up, it is best if you hire a guide. It is wise to head up first thing in the morning for amazing panoramic views. It takes about 1.5 – 2 hours to climb to the top, with a hike through tranquil woodland and tea plantations.
This is a fun thing to do in Ella, where you can go around a small spice garden and learn about the source of some of your favorite ingredients. Although the garden tour is short, the Ella Spice Garden also offers a lunch time cooking class which is a personal, fun and informative and gives you great insight to cooking real Sri Lankan food.
Seeing this attraction is quite worthwhile. The bridge is situated 2 km away from Ella town, and was built by the British in the early 20th. It has nine sky bridges, and is built entirely of solid bricks, rock and cement with no steel.