Heaven on earth
In the midst of the beautiful grrens of tea lies a true heaven on earth, by the name of Ella. Ella is a relaxing small town right in the heart of Sri Lanka. There are a lot of things to do in Ella. Most travelers fall in love with its surroundings, which make them want to stay longer than they supposed to be. We’re sure that Ella is going to be one of your favorite stops. The most beautiful Sri Lanka train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella is one you’ll never forget.
Places to visit at Ella:
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Spice Garden
Restaurants in Ella
Hotels in Ella
Conquer little Adam’s peak
This little nephew of Adam’s Peak is a far more easy climb. You’ll not regret it however once you get to the summit. You can easily walk to the top within around one hour. Once you’re on top you’ll get the chance to vitness the beauty.
If you’re searching for a more private place then walk to the next hill. There’s not an actual path but you can get there with a bit of climbing.
Walk along the rails on the Nine Arch Bridge
The nine-arch bridge is a world-famous bridge but though so quiet and undiscovered. Get a drink up the hills in the Nine Arch Cafe which probably gives you the best view. It’s 30 meters or 99 feet high and the guards allow you to walk along the rails. Even through the tunnel if that’s what you like to.
Enjoy the vast tea field views at Lipton’s Seat
From Ella, rent a motorbike or take the train to Haputale. Once in Haputale, get up to the top where mister Lipton, back in 1890, planted the first seeds of what is Sri Lanka’s biggest export product right now.
Everywhere we walked, there were tea plantations with smiling women picking tea leaves. The tea leaf plants give the entire countryside a unique look. The patterns formed by the thousands of planted bushes stretching into the distance is a very special sight.
To reach the top you can:
You can take a bus and walk 7km to the end
Get your scooter up there
Rent a tuk-tuk at the train station that takes you there.
Once at the top, you can get down again and you’re done for the day.
Dive in to enjoy a fresh shower at the Ravana waterfall
If you still own that motorbike you used to get to Lipton’s Seat then drive 6 km from Ella and visit this 25 m high waterfall. It has become a very popular tourist site with both locals and foreigners stopping by to enjoy the view and take a dip in the water.
Join a cooking class at Ella Spice Garden
Learn about the ingredients and create some delicious Sri Lankan food with super tasty flavors. Make sure to book in advance because this cooking class is a popular one!
Hike up to the top of Ella Rock
If you find Little Adam’s peak to easy to hike than get up early and hike to the top of Ella Rock. It takes 2 hours to hike from bottom to top. It can be done with a guide or on your own but make sure you got the directions from someone you trust, like your guesthouse manager.