Ella is a scenic and attractive mountain town in Sri Lanka’s hill country (Badulla District). Ella is surrounded by thick jungle, tea plantations, many waterfalls, and endless green hills at a height of roughly 1000m above sea level. This location has magnificent natural beauty and is a best natural resource not only for the Badulla area but for the entire Sri Lanka. Ella, in particular, is well-known for its pleasant weather and mind-calming green surroundings. Ella has also become well-known for Instagram destinations such as Nine Arch Bridge.

Top 20 Attractions in Ella

  1. Ella Rock
  2. Nine Arches Bridge
  3. Ravana Waterfall and Cave
  4. Diyaluma Falls
  5. Little Adam’s Peak
  6. Nil Diya Pokuna
  7. Flying Ravana Zipline
  8. Ellewala Waterfall
  9. Demodara Loop
  10. Lipton’s Seat
  11. Uva Halpewatte Tea Factory
  12. Dhowa Rock Temple
  13. Udawalawe National Park
  14. Ella Town
  15. Adisham Bungalow

Top 6 Attractions in Ella Sri Lanka

Nine Arches Bridge

The 30-meter-high Demodara Nine Arch Bridge is a popular attraction in the mountain village Ella Sri Lanka. The bridge was built between the Ella and Demodara stations during the British colonial period. Ella’s Nine Arch Bridge stretches 91 meters and stands 24 meters high. This massive bridge is built entirely of solid rocks, bricks, and cement, with not a single piece of steel used. The bridge was ultimately open to the public in 1921.

According to folklore, World War I broke out just when works on the bridge started, and the steel consignment designated to this location was seized and repurposed for war-related projects. When the construction came to a halt, P. K. Appuhami, a resident of Melimada’s Kappatipola district, suggested to complete the bridge out of stone bricks and cement, without using steal.

There are various routes from Ella’s town center to the Nine Arch Bridge. The most popular of them is a stroll along the train tracks from the Ella train station. 


Ella Rock

Ella Rock is one of the most picturesque viewpoints in Ella Sri Lanka. Hikers would love this location. The view from the top offers a stunning perspective of the country’s highlands. The Ella Rock hike is often started early in the morning. The main reason for this is that, while Ella Rock is much cooler than the rest of Sri Lanka, the ride up can still be extremely hot. Furthermore, if you leave too late in the day, clouds will form in the morning, concealing the beautiful view from the top. Ella Rock is a 10-kilometer round-trip hike that takes approximately 3-5 hours to complete. The climb to Ella Rock’s summit is moderately difficult. Because of the rough terrain on the climb to the summit.


Little Adam's Peak

Little Adam’s Peak is a beautiful walk that is also the easiest and most accessible hike in Ella Sri Lanka. This lovely hike begins just outside of town, near the 98 Acres Resort entrance. The Little Adam’s Peak trek takes about 30-40 minutes to complete and is not difficult. The path to the Little Adam’s Peak is well-marked and simple to follow.

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Kandy to Ella Train Ride

The Kandy to Ella railway journey is considered to be one of the most scenic and epic in the world. This Kandy to Ella  7-hour train journey takes you past magnificent green tea plantations, mountains, viaducts, plains, and  with stunning views. The colonial British built the railway route in 1864 to transport tea from the highlands to Colombo, and the view is breathtaking. The scenery varies regularly throughout the trek. One minute you could be looking out at a big green landscape and the next you could be in the middle of a wooded forest.


Flying Ravana Zipline

The Ella Flying Ravana Zipline Adventure is an undeniably thrilling opportunity to take in the spectacular and lovely views of Ella. During the ride of Flying Ravana Zipline, which covers more than half a kilometer and is 82 meters high, you will soar at 80kmph and get a birds-eye view of the spectacular surroundings. A potential zipper must meet a series of stringent requirements at the wonderful eco villa before the departure deck. The minimum weight For the adventures Flying Ravana Zipline ride is 30 kilograms, the highest weight is 110 kilograms, the minimum height is 90 centimeters, and the maximum height is 210 centimeters.


Lipton's Seat

Lipton Seat is a world-famous viewpoint with a magnificent panoramic view near Ella Sri Lanka. Lipton Seat is Located at a height of 1970 meters above sea level in Haputale mountain range. A 7-kilometer journey through serene green tea plantations leads to Lipton’s Seat. The historical significance of the Lipton Seat cannot be overstated.

The Lipton’s seat is dedicated after the well-known Thomas Lipton,  Scottish businessman who arrived in Sri Lanka in 1890 and met James Taylor, with whom he worked to bring tea estates to the island. Thomas Lipton would proudly stare over his land from Lipton’s Seat, a popular vantage point, with a cup of tea in hand. The overlook still has one of the best viewpoints in the area.

Lipton seat

Best time to visit Ella

Ella, like the other South Coast beach towns in Sri Lanka, is best visited between the months of January and May. Ella receives the least amount of rain from April through June. 

Where to Eat in Ella

Ella has more cafés and restaurants serving local cuisine than other towns. Ella is well-known for its superb dining options, and the town is a great opportunity to broaden your culinary horizons with Sri Lankan cuisine.

Where to stay in Ella

Ella has literally hundreds of little guesthouses to choose from. Ella has no huge chain hotels but a vast range of guesthouses and small lodgings to choose from. Among them, 98 Acres Resort & Spa is one of the most well-established and well-known locations to stay in Ella. It’s noted for its lovely hilltop accommodations with stunning views 

From the deep jungle to the tea plantations, this is an ideal spot for enjoying the outdoors. Ella is the ideal place to immerse yourself in Sri Lanka’s heart and discover firsthand about its amazing culture and history. Ella is a must-see on any Sri Lanka trip,

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