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EllaSri Lanka

Catch a trundling train to this picture-perfect village set within the lush valleys, patchwork fields and tea plantations of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country.

Escape the heat of Sri Lanka’s coastline and enjoy a serene respite amid the stunning natural beauty of Ella. This pretty town sits on the southern Uva Province and forms part of the exquisite Hill Country. Visit Ella to experience the charm of a colonial countryside retreat and enjoy unbeatable views of forest-covered mountain slopes. Hike to hilltop lookouts, stroll through verdant tea plantations and discover majestic waterfalls.

Ella’s town center is a neat cluster of twisting streets lined with cafés, general stores and restaurants. Local market vendors set up along the roadside and offer fresh produce, handicrafts and sundries. Many of the area’s guesthouses and hotels have well-kept gardens and views over the town’s surrounding landscapes. Learn the secrets to Sri Lankan cuisine with a cooking class at Ella Spice Garden.

Walk south from town along the main road until you reach the edge of the ridge. Here, an overlook offers views of Ella Rock and Ella Gap, the latter formed by a split in the hills. A 4-hour round-trip walk will bring you to the summit of Ella Rock and more panoramas. The trail follows sections of the railway track, crosses tea fields and climbs steep inclines.

Farther south is Ravana Falls. Marvel as water gushes out from between large rocks. Swim in the waterfall’s small pool but be wary of the pool’s slippery surface. Halfway between the town and falls is Ravana Cave, where legend states that the Hindu goddess Sita was rescued by Rama.

Travel east from the town center for more hiking adventures at Little Adam’s Peak. Arrive late in the afternoon to watch the sun set behind mountain peaks. Visit Nine Arch Bridge, an impressive multi-arched viaduct. Take a guided tour of the nearby Newburgh Green Tea Plantation.

Reach Ella by taking a train ride from Colombo through the Hill Country. Enjoy a daytrip to Horton Plains National Park, a plateau in the shadow of the mountains Totapola and Kirigalpotta.

Top hotels in Ella

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
98 Acres Resort & Spa
98 Acres Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
98 Acres Resort & Spa, Greenland Estate, Namunukula Road, Ella

Situated in Ella, this luxury resort is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Little Adam's Peak and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Ella Rock. Nine Arches Bridge and Kinellan Tea Factory ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6 reviews)
Excellent stay at this fantastic resort.

"98 Acres is a special property and we were so excited to stay here on our trip in Sri Lanka. The resort did not disappoint and I will always think back to our stay here with fond memories. The view from the rooms is breath taking and there is lots to do within walking distance (Little Adam's Peak ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019

98 Acres Resort & Spa
Ella Mount Heaven Hotel
Ella Mount Heaven Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £39 per night from 8 Oct to 9 Oct

Situated in Ella, this spa resort is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Ravana Falls and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Kinellan Tea Factory. Nine Arches Bridge and Little Adam's Peak ...

3.6/5Good! (5 reviews)

"The service and staff were beyond fantastic. Everyone was so helpful and caring."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2019

Ella Mount Heaven Hotel
EKHO Ella
EKHO Ella
4 out of 5
Ella-Wellawaya Road, Ella, Uva
The price is £118 per night from 25 Sep to 26 Sep

Situated in Ella, this beach hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Nine Arches Bridge and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Little Adam's Peak. Ravana Falls and Ella Rock are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (30 reviews)

"Incredible views, lovely rooms, great breakfasts and fantastic staff, only a short stroll from all restaurants and bars."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

EKHO Ella

Top Holiday Rentals in Ella

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Spice Ella
Spice Ella
4 out of 5
Wellawaya-Ella-Kumbalwela Hwy, Ella, UP
The price is £34 per night from 25 Sep to 26 Sep

Situated on the waterfront, this villa is within 2 miles (3 km) of Kinellan Tea Factory, Nine Arches Bridge and Little Adam's Peak. Uva Halpewaththa Tea Factory ...

Spice Ella
aloft grand hotel
aloft grand hotel
3 out of 5
Hettipola Watta, Ella, Uva
The price is £51 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct

Situated in Ella, this villa is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Kinellan Tea Factory and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Uva Halpewaththa Tea Factory. Nine Arches Bridge and Little ...

4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
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"New property with modern amenities Located in a tea estate 3 km away from Ella town Good place to relax and unwind Friendly and helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2020

aloft grand hotel
Awesome Place Hotel
Awesome Place Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Kandekumbura, Balleketuwa, Ella, Uva
The price is £85 per night from 25 Sep to 26 Sep

Situated in Ella, this villa is within 6 miles (10 km) of Ella Rock, Nine Arches Bridge and Little Adam's Peak. Kinellan Tea Factory and Ravana Falls are also ...

3.5/5Good! (2 reviews)
complain for Hotel.com awfull service

"my friend and I book 2 seperate room and Hotel.com contact person confirmed with me availability of 2 but when we arrived, only one room left. Althrough nearly 20 phone call to the hotline, no reply by now. It's the worst expierience I need an explanation."…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2019

Awesome Place Hotel

Popular places to visit in Ella

Ella Rock
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Ella Rock

5/5(3 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Ella Rock, a popular spot to commune with nature in Ella. Discover the mountain views while you're in the area.

Little Adam's Peak
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Little Adam's Peak

5/5(5 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Little Adam's Peak during your travels in Ella. Discover the mountain views while you're in the area.

Nine Arches Bridge
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Nine Arches Bridge

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Ella when you take a trip to Nine Arches Bridge. Discover the mountain views while you're in the area.

Ravana Falls
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Ravana Falls

4/5(5 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Ravana Falls during your travels in Ella. Wander the forests or discover the area's mountain views.

Uva Halpewaththa Tea Factory
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Uva Halpewaththa Tea Factory

You can take time to visit Uva Halpewaththa Tea Factory during your travels to Ella. Wander the forests or discover the area's mountain views.

Udawalawe National Park
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Udawalawe National Park

5/5(10 reviews)

Spot herds of majestic Asian elephants, wild cats and myriad birdlife at this sprawling wildlife reserve on the edge of the Hill Country.

Top things to do in Ella

Udawalawe National Park Private Safari from Ella
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Udawalawe National Park Private Safari from Ella

£124
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
All-Inclusive Lipton Seat & Dambetenna Tea Factory from Ella
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All-Inclusive Lipton Seat & Dambetenna Tea Factory from Ella

£80
Per adult
Private Overnight Luxury Leopard Safari - Yala National Park
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Private Overnight Luxury Leopard Safari - Yala National Park

£634
Per adult
The Highest Waterfall Bambarakanda Trekking with transfers
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The Highest Waterfall Bambarakanda Trekking with transfers

£84
Per adult
All-Inclusive Ella Three Iconic Private Day Tour
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All-Inclusive Ella Three Iconic Private Day Tour

£77
Per adult
Ella to Colombo Train Tickets (2nd Class Reserved)
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Ella to Colombo Train Tickets (2nd Class Reserved)

£19
Per adult

Reviews of Ella

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Verified traveller

2 Feb 2020

Ella is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Not to be missed. Little Adams Peak & Nine Arch Bridge are a must. Take the train from Kandy to Ella to see even more beautiful scenery.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Dec 2019

Ella is beautiful

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

5 Mar 2019

The surrounding area sites are great but the town centre caters now for young backpackers, so the bars and entertainment are inevitably geared towards them. We felt rather old!! All rather touristy and not very Sri Lankan in feel, which is a shame.