ELLA DAY EXCURSIONS
The small hill town of Ella has gained popularity over recent times thanks to its stunning vistas and jaw dropping mountain silhouettes. Hiking and trekking to some of the most beautiful view points are a popular pastime here. Mountains such as Worlds End, Ella Rock and Little Adam’s Peak are a few of most popular names in the town. There are several small accommodation types to cater to the travellers that venture here. Ella can be accessed via train, car or bus. Weather in Ella is mostly great, as it’s cool in the mornings and evenings, and gets hot by midday. December brings about plenty of rain, which makes it difficult to trek and hike to the mountains.
Adisham Tail Tour From Ella And Walking Tour In Haputale
Adisham Bungalow is a country house located near Haputale. Built in 1931 by Sir Thomas Villiers, an English aristocrat and painter on an area of 12 acres, the bungalow consists of 40 rooms. Curious travellers can explore the grounds of the monastery at specific times during the day. Stroll through flourishing orchards and orchid paths as you admire the expansive, colourful gardens of the monastery.
The iconic Ella Rock is a mesmerizing view point that gives you an unhindered view of the mountain silhouettes and the villages below. Loved by hikers and nature enthusiasts, conquering Ella rock during your stay here is an absolute must!
The famous Nine Arches Bridge has made it to almost every Instagram feed of explorers to the island. The bridge is located between Ella and Demodara railway stations and is most famous because of its curved structure. Known to be the best example of a colonial-era railway, the bridge has attracted tourists from around the world. The bridge is approximately 30m high.
Deriving its name from its big brother, the sacred mountain Adam’s Peak, Little Adam’s Peak is 2243m above sea level. The trail to the mountain is fairly average and would require you to have a medium level of fitness. With marked paths, you’ll have to clamber through some narrow rocky areas to reach the summit. The view from the peak is definitely worth the arduous climb. There are a number of hotels located in the area to cater to the large number of tourists that visit the mountain. The ideal time to start your hike is either in the morning or late evening, when it isn’t to hot.
Nature Trekking To Highest Waterfall In Sri Lanka (Bambarakanda) (AM - Approx 04 H)
Trek to the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka, Bambarakanda Falls measures about 263m in height and is said to be amongst the tallest in the world. Cascading between acres of pine forest, the area is ideal for a picnic. The natural pool at the base of the waterfall is great for a quick plunge, do keep in mind that the currents can get strong, so swim with caution. You can hike to the top of the falls if you follow the Horse Trail. The best time to visit the waterfalls is between the months of March to May; this is when there’s a steady flow of pure water. During the drought season, water in the falls reduces dramatically, ie. the months from June to September. Avoid going here from November to February as heavy rains make it almost impossible to access the area.
Trekking To Horton Plains National Park (Start Early In The Morning)
Horton Plains is a protected national park in Sri Lanka and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the central highlands. Covered by a cloud forest and a montane grassland, the plains are roughly 2,300 metres above sea level. The famed World’s End, Bakers Falls and Mini World’s End are located here. Flora and fauna thrive here, especially leopards and sambar deer. Baker’s Falls is a stunning cascade that plunges 20m.
Lipton's Seat Tour ( 9.00 Am - 1.00 PM)
Lipton’s Seat is the most famous viewpoint where the man himself, Sir Thomas Lipton used to look over his tea plantation and host tea parties with his guests. Lipton’s Seat is the highest observation point located on the hills of Poonagala, near the Dambatenne Tea Factory. For the best view, visit before 10am.
Ravana Ella Falls is an impressive waterfall with a fascinating story behind it. Known to be one of the widest falls in the country, Ravana falls towers around 25m in height. According to legend, it was said that King Ravana, from the Ramayana, kidnapped Princess Sita and hid her in the caves behind the waterfall.
Demodara Loop Tuk -Tuk Tour
The spiral railway is said to be the most fascinating civil engineering marvels on the island. The Demodara Loop is about 10 mins from Ella, after the Nine Arch Bridge. The railway was built in the 20th century by the British who mainly used it to transport tea from Uva to the city of Colombo.
Halpe Tea Factory Tour
Party In Ella (Start 7.00 PM)
Day Tour To Belihuloya And Nanperial Village
Embark on a scenic village experience, as you trek through the area while keeping an eye out for Sri Lanka’s colourful spectrum of bird species
Bath And Relax In Pahanthudawa Waterfalls (One Day)
Experience and trekking, Hiking, Bird watching, Rest and relax in nature with a natural fish therapy.
The Pahanthuda Ella is a 5m high waterfall, located near Belihuloya. The name of the waterfall was derived from the its shape; which resembled a clay lamp, while the waterfall itself, resembled the wick of a lamp. The base of the waterfall is ideal for swimming, however, be vary of the monsoon rains that can affect the currents.