Ella is a small town in the hill country of Sri Lanka. Although Ella is a major tourist attraction on the island, it’s calm and laid-back nature makes it the ideal place for someone who wants to escape from the frenzied and chaotic environment in Colombo and get a more relaxed experience close to nature. No matter how many times you visit Sri Lanka, the “Paradise Island”, Ella will always be in your itinerary. So, to give a kick start to your journey among the lush tea plantations and bewitching waterfalls, we gathered some of the fun things to do in Ella which we think should be included in your bucket-list.
01.Hike up the Little Adam’s peak.
Little Adam’s Peak is a miniature version of the Adam’s peak, the famous pilgrimage route in Hatton. As the name suggests, Little Adam’s Peak is much smaller and much easier to hike. You can either start the hike from the town or get to Ravana zipline by a tuk-tuk and hike from there. It takes up about 30 minutes to 1 hour to reach the top from Ella town but only about 20 minutes from Ravana zipline. The panoramic view of the surrounding mountain ranges and the sun rising over those mountain tops is well worth checking out.
02. Walk along the famous Nine-Arch Bridge.
Located close to the Ella town, Nine Arch Bridge is one of the must-visit and most popular sites in Ella. You can walk along the rail tracks on the bridge with 9 super tall, huge arches and witness the astonishing views of tea plantations below and the lush greenery of mountains overhead. If you want to get the perfect shot with the iconic blue train in the background, check the train schedules beforehand. Here’s a tip for you…Try visiting the bridge for sunrise! (But for that, make sure to book a tuk tuk the night before)
03. Visit Ravana falls.
Ravana falls is one of the most beautiful and widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka. Located so close to the Ella town, it’s super easy and cheap to get there with a 15-minute tuk tuk ride from the town. This impressive waterfall was named after Sri Lanka’s legendary king Ravana. The waterfall, with a total height of 25 meters can get quite fierce during the rainy season, so watch your step and avoid slippery rocks.
04. Swim at Diyaluma falls.
Diyaluma, which falls from a height of about 220m, is the second-highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. It’s situated a bit farther from the Ella town but there’s so much to do there. You can slide down the natural rocks, do a 7m jump into the waterfall or swim at natural pools at different levels.
05. Take a train ride to Kandy.
The train ride from Ella to Kandy is said to be one of the most scenic train rides in the world. You can book a 1st class ticket if you want to ride in comfort, but a 3rd-class ticket would get you the most unforgettable memories. You will see endless tea plantations along the way and many other breathtaking views you rarely get to see during a train ride. Without going all the way to Kandy, be sure to make a stop at Haputale for a night. It’s another charming small village where you can visit “Lipton seat”, one of the most impressive viewpoints in Sri Lanka.
06. Fly Ravana Zipline.
If you need something more thrilling and adventurous, Ravana Zipline is just perfect for you. Riding a zipline of about 500m long at a speed of 80km per hour is enough to give you a spine-chilling experience. Having begun in recent years, it has rapidly grown in popularity due to its low price and daring nature. It’s located at the bottom of Little Adam’s peak, making it a great activity to pair with hiking.
07. Relax at the pool of Mountain Heavens.
You can book the pool of Hotel Mountain Heavens for an hour at a very low price. After a tiring journey, this might be the perfect outdoor pool to get rid of heat and strain. While chilling at the pool you can enjoy the green mountains, tea plantations, and all of the natural beauty in Ella and it certainly is an epic, worth having experience.