Ella is a small town situated in the mountains of Sri Lanka, in the District of Badila. It is located about 1000 meters above sea level, which allows a cooler climate.
What I like most about this city is that it is surrounded by unspoiled nature which allows you to go on many hiking trails with gorgeous views.
What to visit in Ella?
Little Adam’s Peak
The tour to the Little Adam’s Peak is easy and suitable for everyone.
The first section is a relatively flat marked path with a slight slope that for the more “vague” can even be done in tuk-tuk.
To climb uphill further up the steps can only be accessed on foot; The summit is 2243 metros; The views are beautiful.
If you are not fond of mountain hiking, tea plantations are an better alternative. As I was already familiar with how tea cultivation works, I decided to get lost alone among different plantations, but if you are interested in learning, you can join some of the guided tours offered by the tea factories.
But be careful because I got hooked with several leeches.
Nine arches Bridge
About thirty minutes drive from the city, between Ella and Demodara you can find this famous bridge with nine arches.
From what I was told the bridge began to be built during World War I and since there was no steel supply, they made a plan to build it from brick, stones and cement.
By the way, the locals move from one place to another walking along the train tracks because it is the most direct and easy way. The truth is that the frequency of the trains is low, you can walk on the tracks, but before you go, you should check the schedules to ensure there is no train around that time.
The views from there are very beautiful; lots of vegetation and, as you would expect, many tea plantations.
Just 6km from Ella town, you can find this beautiful waterfall about 20 meters high.
The base of the waterfall can be accessed by car and or bus, where you can also find some food stops.
I highly recommend this stop because it will not take long and, even thought it is not a secluded place, the truth is that the waterfall is beautiful.
I went twice: first time it was Sunday afternoon and it was full of people. I didn’t stay and I came back next day at 7 am. It was empty, so I could enjoy the whole waterfall to myself.
I had not brought a bathing suit, but I got into the water with the clothes I wore. It was a hot day, so the cool water made me feel wonderful.
Yo no pude hacer esta excursión porque se necesitan cuatro horas y yo iba con el tiempo desamado justo, pero por lo que se me explicó, las vistas desde la cima son espectaculares.
Love and gratitude