An Interesting 3 Days in Ella

Embark on a captivating journey through the picturesque town of Ella, nestled in the lush green hills of Sri Lanka. This enchanting destination, surrounded by tea plantations and mist-covered mountains, promises an immersive experience over the course of a delightful 3-day itinerary. From breathtaking hikes to iconic viewpoints to the soothing melodies of cascading waterfalls and the rich cultural tapestry of the region, Ella invites you to explore its diverse landscapes and vibrant local life.

Why Ella?

Nestled amidst breathtaking jungles, towering mountains, majestic waterfalls, and sprawling tea plantations, Ella stands out as one of Sri Lanka’s most captivating destinations. Perched in the mountains, the town boasts a cooler climate compared to the warmer lowlands, prompting you to consider bringing a sweater for the slightly chilly evenings while ensuring the daytime remains pleasantly warm. From optimal sunrise viewpoints and top-notch dining spots to must-visit attractions, there’s a lot to see and experience.

Day 1: Rocks and Waterfalls

Ravana Falls | Imag via Wikimedia Commons

If you start with Ella Rock, your way is guided by markers, to help you ascend through tea bushes to the main trail leading to Ella Rock. Revel in the breathtaking views from the top and, with the morning still ahead, return to your accommodation for a leisurely breakfast. As the day progresses, rejuvenate with a visit to the mighty Ravana Falls, the widest waterfall in Sri Lanka, easily accessible from Ella town. Exercise caution around the falls and consider catching the refreshing spray.

Day 2: Sunrises and Bridges

Embark on the second day of your captivating 3-day Ella journey, beginning with the option of a sunrise hike at Little Adams Peak, a shorter and more popular alternative to the previous day’s Ella Rock. The 20-minute ascent offers spectacular views, making it a must-do in Ella. Continue your day with a visit to the iconic Nine Arch Bridge, a 300-foot marvel surrounded by lush hills and vibrant jungle life. Ensure to check the train schedule in advance, as trains in Sri Lanka can be occasionally delayed.

Day 3: Tea and Cooking

On the final day of your enchanting 3-day Ella sojourn, start with a visit to the Uva Halpewatte Tea Factory, one of the most fascinating places to visit in Ella, also offering a fascinating insight into the art of tea production in the heart of Sri Lanka’s renowned tea plantations. Following this enriching morning, indulge your culinary curiosity with a Sri Lankan cooking class, fostering a deeper connection with the rich flavours of Sri Lankan cuisine that you wouldn’t see on the likes of a website such as Travel to Ella.