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Ella Sri Lanka: The Mountain Backpackers Paradise

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Ella Sri Lanka: The Mountain Backpackers Paradise

Sri Lanka is merely 425 km long and maximum with around 225km, Sri Lanka is a tropical island with great diversity for a small land area. This beautiful island offers the possibility of experiencing vastly different climates, history, scenery and cultures during a short vacation.

Sri Lanka’s hill country with abundant scenery is one of the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka. Mountains in the hill country are dominated by tea industry. Amongst the tea plantations, like nowhere else in Sri Lanka, you can feel the blend of civilizations between England’s colonial past, the Tamil Hindu community that was forcefully moved from India to Sri Lanka to work in the fields, and the ancient kingdom of Kandy. The blend of cultures provides an amazing cultural backdrop to rival the already amazing natural beauty of the area.

Ella is undoubtedly the most beautiful Gap in the island of Sri Lanka. Ella gap is nestled between two huge geological upheavals towards the southern end of the central mountain range. A lot of tourists is curious about this destination and makes inquiries often about making holidays in Ella. Therefore I thought of writing some information about this charming little town. Unlike earlier, Ella is well developed today and it continues to grow. Development is creeping fast into the little town and tourism is the main contributor to the rapid development.

Ella gap sri lanka

A trip to Ella from Colombo takes well over 5 hours. If you drive from the southern part of the island it can be curtailed to 3 hours. However, it takes much longer than average journey due to the rapid climb of the mountain. This fascinating holiday village is situated just south of Nuwara Eliya and Bandarawela. There are two methods to reach Ella from Colombo, by train or road. Most tourist, who spend a holiday in Ella choose the train to reach the destination. The train is more convenient than the busses and the train ride also give you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sceneries across the mountain, valleys, forests and tea plantations in the mountains.

“Ella Sri Lanka” is a popular search term on Google. Because this tiny remote hamlet echoed in every traveller’s ear.   Ella Sri Lanka is a tiny, authentic rural hill country town with a beautiful setting. Being the home for the biggest gap (deepest and longest) Ella Sri Lanka is more than 1000 meters deep and nearly 10 km long. Ella is a tiny, authentic rural hill country town. Being the biggest gap in Sri Lanka, Ella is more than 1000 meters deep and nearly 10 km long. The Ella trailhead is just about 1.5 km outside of town and brings you through beautiful tea plantations, provides views of Ella Gap, and rewards you after an easy 30-minute hike with spectacular views of the surrounding area.

By far Ella Sri Lanka is one of the least explored remote adventure holiday destinations in the mountains of Sri Lanka. The number of visitors in Ella Sri Lanka is much lower than the visitors in Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Bandarawela. Ella Sri Lanka is not a holiday destination for local travellers and they choose it rarely for a vacation. Most visitors to Ella Sri Lanka are foreign travellers that are looking for a peaceful holiday with a twist of adventure. You will encounter many backpackers here and most of them are repeat travellers. It is well-known fact that Ella attracts a large number of backpackers and hears “It’s aaaaa-amazing! It’s so much fun.

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Demodara bridge of ella sri Lanka
Nine arch bridge is very popular landmark in Ella Sri Lanka. The bridge is considered to be a significant achievement of engineers and which is nearly 100 years old.

Travellers who look for luxurious accommodation might not come across Ella, because it is not a popular destination in Sri Lanka for luxury seekers. The possibility of getting luxury accommodation in Ella Sri Lanka is very narrow due to the scarcity of such facilities. I feel it is a big shortcoming of this charming holiday destination. At the moment there are only a few hotels in Ella provide luxurious accommodations. If there had been more properties providing accommodation for high-end travellers, it might help this holiday spot to attract more wealthy customers.

Ella Sri Lanka is not included in most Sri Lanka road trips neither it is mentioned in most Sri Lanka package tours. Maybe because tour operators are not much enthusiastic about possibilities for adventure activities in Ella Sri Lanka. The city is far off the beaten path. Over the years, Ella grew in fame but very marginally compared to other holiday destinations such as Bentota and Kandy. If you never been to Ella, I presume you ought to take a trip to this un-explored holiday destination.

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Sri Lanka is merely 425 km long and maximum with around 225km, Sri Lanka is a tropical island with great diversity for a small land area. This beautiful island offers the possibility of experiencing vastly different climates, history, scenery and cultures during a short vacation. Ellas is a place to experience the vividness of landscape and climate. The climate of Ella Sri Lanka has a mild temperature with high-rainfall. The humidity of Ella is about 60% which is far more comfortable than in lower elevated areas such as Colombo, Bentot and Galle.

Sri Lanka’s hill country with abundant scenery is one of the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka. Mountains in the hill country are dominated by tea industry. Amongst the tea plantations, like nowhere else in Sri Lanka, you can feel the blend of civilizations between England’s colonial past, the Tamil Hindu community that was forcefully moved from India to Sri Lanka to work in the fields, and the ancient kingdom of Kandy. The blend of cultures provides an amazing cultural backdrop to rival the already amazing natural beauty of the area.

One striking fact about Ella is the city is not too touristy or culturally washed like Bentota or Hikkaduwa. There’s plenty to see and do. From Ella town, you can hike to waterfalls; wander through Ella gap, rain forests, vegetable gardens and rice terraces.

Ella is undoubtedly the most beautiful Gap in the island of Sri Lanka. Ella gap is nestled between two huge geological upheavals towards the southern end of the central mountain range. A lot of tourists is curious about this destination and makes inquiries often about making holidays in Ella. Therefore I thought of writing some information about this charming little town. Unlike earlier, Ella is well developed today and it continues to grow. Development is creeping fast into the little town and tourism is the main contributor to the rapid development.

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Hotels in Ella

You are most likely think of What type of hotels available in Ella, Where can a find hotels in Ella, What are the prices for hotels in Ella if you are thinking of a Sri Lank holiday with Ella. My answer to all these questions is very positive. In this beautiful mountain resort, you can find most basic hotels to luxury boutique hotels, providing equal share for any type of budget. All hotels are concentrated around the village of Ella and not far from the Ella gap, therefore it is very easy to find them.

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Almost all properties are built to allow the guests to have breathtaking scenery across the Ella gap from the room. with regards to the number of hotels in Ella, there is an acute shortage, therefore during the peak holiday season, most tourists have to find accommodation somewhere else. It might be difficult to get a room in a nice hotel in Ella at the last moment in the month of July, August, and from November to April.

Most hotels in Ella are small properties, and they provide affordable accommodation. Excess partying, the beautiful setting, the good local food, affordable accommodation are several reasons for someone to travel to this tiny town and love it. Therefore the town attracts a lot of young travellers from western countries, and they love the travel atmosphere in Ella.

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The gap of Ella

An excursion to the nearby gap will make everlasting memories on your visit to this upcountry holiday resort. It will be adventurous but enjoyable, natural beauty here is endless. The gap is one of the main reasons for its popularity among the tourists. Some tourists are visiting Ella only to do adventure sports around the gap. It is a place for sports such as mountain climbing, rock climbing, trekking, and bird watching.

There is a large number of hotels in Ella and the surrounding area offer you plenty of opportunities to find hotels and other accommodation facilities for your budget and taste. Ella is a holiday destination for high end as well as for budget-conscious travellers. Ella attracts a different type of tourists than the average holidaymakers in the island. Most travellers here love to have the peace, calm and serenity. Because this little lazy town is one of the best places on earth for relaxing.

In Elle, you can have a walk for miles into the interior of the country where there are only the woods. Small villages around Ella are inhabited by only several families. Most of the villagers are living in agriculture and producing tea and vegetables. You can also have a visit to a nearby tea plantation and a tea factory to see the process of tea production, during your stay in Ella.

Day trip from Ella Sri Lanka

Though Ella Sri Lanka is a destination that you can have a nice, cosy stay, I feel one of the nicest things that can be done in Ella is going out on a day tour. because Ella Sri Lanka offers many activities and they don’t demand you to have a great deal of driving. One of the most interesting day trips from Ella Sri Lanka is the trip to Horton plains national park, it is one of the coolest places to explore in the mountains. Horton Plains is about 1-hour drive from Ella Sri Lanka which is the best national park to explore the fauna and flora of Sri Lanka in the mountains.

Mini Adam’s peak

About 2 kilometres away from the Ella junctions is the mini Adam’s peak. Mini Adams peak is a mountain about 500 meters high from the surrounding area.  It commands an awe-inspiring sight over the surrounding area, on the clear days you can have a clear view up to the deep south of Sri Lanka from the summit of the mountain. Ravana cave, a granite cave that was inhabited by the human during the Stone Age (pre-history) is also located close to Ella.

A trek to the Ella gap

A trek to the Ella gap is one of the unmissable activities to do in Ella Sri Lanka. After all, that’s why Ellas is so popular on the island. If you stay (as most travellers do) in Ella holiday resort the gap is only 100 meters away from you. The trip to Ella gap is always a one-day short trek. The temperature goes marginally down in the October, November, December and January but the rest of the year it is warm here. It might rain here frequently during the south-west monsoon (from April to November), but during the north-east monsoon (from November to April) the rainfall is low.

Ella gap is a perfect point to start on a number of treks-trekking being one of the most loved activities in Ella Sri Lanka. There are many trails in Ella with the requirement of different level of physical fitness. The Ella gap trail goes along the canyon through some beautiful nature, with the opportunity to admire wildlife native to this area.

Ravana waterfall

Ravana waterfall is one of the most beautiful and tallest waterfalls in Sri Lanka. The visitors need to do some rock climbing to get a closer look at this giant. The waterfall is 25 meters in height and cascade from natural rock. The waterfall is located in the Ravana Ella wildlife sanctuary, which is 6 km from Ella.

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Ella rock

Ella rock is a mountain that can be seen from anywhere in Ella. Climbing the Ella rock is a very popular activity among travellers. The upward journey may little bit strenuous but the reward is well compensated for your effort. You can have a breathtaking bird’s eye view from the pinnacle over the surrounding greenish area and Ella gap.

Where to eat in Ella Sri Lanka

Experiencing local food should be on the bucket list of every traveller of Ella Sri Lanka, after all, it is one of the top things to do in Sri Lanka. A large number of eateries can be found in Ella Sri Lanka (in the town) and they have some well-developed restaurants providing delicious Sri Lankan and international foods for their customers. The restaurants are operated until late night and it is not common to typical Sri Lankan eateries, most restaurants, shops in Ella Sri Lanka has changed their working hours in order to provide service to foreign travellers. You can order whatever the cuisine you required a western, eastern or local recipe.

What to wear for holiday in Ella Sri Lanka

Ella Sri Lanka is a destination that demands you to trek, hike and climbs. It is a good idea to think of more comfort dress rather than a fashionable dress. The good news is that comfortable cloth such as cotton T-shirts and trousers looks good for a holiday in Ella Sri Lanka (What to pack for Sri Lanka holidays, Clothing & Gears Guide). Anything light and cotton suite the climate here. It is advisable to dress conservatively and stick to layers as it gets cool sometimes after sunset and when the windy conditions prevail. A pair of good shoes that suitable for trekking, walking and hiking is essential during your trip to Ella because your desire to have trek act up one time or another as you see the gorgeous sunny weather and beautiful green foliage all around the area.

A light cotton dress (a cotton pair of pants and a cotton T-shirt or any other cotton dress is) perfect for a kind of activities you do in Ella Sri Lanka. Include a light sweater to your pack with a wind-proof jacket to use in the night and during the chilly wind. recommend carrying a pair of hiking boots too.

How to get there

A trip to Ella from Colombo takes well over 5 hours. If you drive from the southern part of the island it can be curtailed to 3 hours. However, it takes much longer than average journey due to the rapid climb of the mountain. This fascinating holiday village is situated just south of Nuwara Eliya and Bandarawela. There are two methods to reach Ella from Colombo, by train or road.

Most tourist, who spend a holiday in Ella choose the train to reach the destination. The train is more convenient than the busses and the train ride also give you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sceneries across the mountain, valleys, forests and tea plantations in the mountains.

The rail journey from Ella to Nuwara Eliya (Nanu Oya railway station) is considered as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. this upcountry rail journey is very popular around the world and many travellers who book Sri Lanka tours with us (seerendipity tours) ask for a train journey in the mountains. If you also wish to have to rail journey on the mountain please don’t hesitate to contact us through our email info@seerendipitytours.com. seerendipity tours can book your train tickets and provide transportation from and to railway stations.

Conclusion

I was reiterating the importance of Ella as a holiday destination in the article because I think it is not given its due recognition as a holiday destination. This off-beat holiday spot is still largely unexplored and uncrowded and Ella is one of the best places for an unforgettable offbeat experience. So plan your Sri Lanka tour package and get over Galle, Colombo, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya, for this emerging holiday hot spot.

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