View from the top of the world
Ella is a small town in situated at an elevation of 1,041 metres (3,415 ft) above sea level. The area has a rich biodiversity, dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Ella is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations. The town has a cooler climate than surrounding lowlands, due to its elevation. The Ella Gap allows views across the southern plains of Sri Lanka.
Today it has become everyone’s favourite hill-country village. Best approached by train, the journey here is one half of the magic. The route from Kandy to Ella is considered one of the world’s most beautiful rail routes. The infinite rolling hills carpeted with lush tea plantations give way to more rugged landscapes with sweeping valleys and mist covered mountains as you near Ella. You alight at the quaint Ella Station, where our Tour Manager will pick you up and take you for the night’s stay.
Although the town has been disfigured by unregulated construction, spurred by the growing interest in the town the area will still give you some of your most memorable moments. The views in Ella might have inspired the phrase ‘breath-taking’ because no other combination of words could explain the feeling that rises in you as you gaze over the rolling hills that cascade down to the southern coast of Sri Lanka.
Ella also offers some of Sri Lanka’s best B&Bs. While there are very few large hotels with contemporary amenities and international standards, we always recommend the smaller places for pure authentic experiences.
Top attractions in Ella
- Nine arches bridge
- Little Adam’s Peak
- Ella Rock
- Ravana Falls & Cave
- Ella Railway Station
- Dhowa Rock Temple Demodara Railway Loop