Things to do in Ella:

* Watch the sun rise over Ella Gap

* A trek up Ella Rock

* Dowa Cave Temple

* Lipton's Seat

* Travel by train to from Nanu Oya to Ella 

* Visit Ravana Falls

* A trek to Dunhinda Waterfalls

Situated on the southern cusp of Sri Lanka's hill country, Ella is a quiet, picturesque and almost non-touristy retreat lying amidst rolling green hills of tea. Its 3,000ft elevation provides a very comfortable climate perfect for unwinding and soaking in the scenic beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Ella is most noted for its stunning views. The famed Ella Gap, is the main focal point from where on clear days the vista of the southern plains stretches as far as the eye can see, and sometimes at night the twinkling of the lighthouse on the Great Basses off the southern coast can be seen. A visit to a working tea factory nearby, is a most interesting experience and will help educate you on the story behind your morning cuppa. For the more actively inclined, a trek up the Ella Rock through tea plantation trails, is rewarded with great views from the top. After the strenuous climb, indulge in a visit to one of the many Ayurvedic centres around the town to ease those tense muscles.

Nearby, the Ravana Ella waterfall is a part of the Ramayana epic. Emerging from a bowl shaped outcrop in the sheer rock wall, the legend states that the 80-foot high falls and the cave behind it is where Ravana hid Sita after kidnapping her in revenge for Rama, Sita's husband, having mutilated his brother and sister.

A list of attractions and some of the best things to do in Ella;

Lipton's seat of the best Trekking routes in EllaImage is of Ravana falls in EllaDowa rock temple in EllaDunhinda waterfalls close to Ella

Best time to visit Ella is from December to May. June to October is the rainy season. 

Distance and travel times from Ella to some key cities; 

Distance from Ella to Yala is about 130 km and travel time is 2.5 to 3 hours.

Distance from Ella to Kandy is about 141 km and travel time is 2.5 to 3 hours.

Distance from Ella to Sigiriya is about 196 km and travel time is 4.5 to 5 hours.

Distance from Ella to Colombo is about 212 km and travel time is 5 to 5.5 hours.

Distance from Ella to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is about 215 km and travel time is 5 to 5.5 hours.

For any other location you can use the distance calculator on the side bar.

Written by Jonathan Roelofsz for TLC.lk

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