7 Awesome Things To Do in Ella, Sri Lanka

7 Awesome Things To Do in Ella, Sri Lanka

7 Awesome Things To Do in Ella, Sri Lanka

Ella in Sri Lanka is a small laid-back town surrounded by the beautiful greens of tea. There are a lot of things to do in Ella. Take one of the most beautiful train rides from Nuwara Eliya to Ella and fall in love with the surroundings. You will probably end up staying longer than you actually planned to. Ella has a comfortable climate where the nights are cool and the daytime around 28 degrees.

Things to do in Ella, Sri Lanka:

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1. Climb up Little Adam’s peak

Little Adam’s peak is the nephew of Adam’s Peak. From the top enjoy the view over the valley, relax and connect with other travelers. From Ella Town to the foot of the mountain takes 45 minutes, and to get to the top around 15 minutes. The first 45 minutes are very pleasing as well when you pass a local village and tea plantations.

After Ella: Arugam Bay Guide

Things to do Ella Sri Lanka little adams peak view

Getting a more quiet spot is possible when you walk down and up (5 minutes) to the next hill. There is no actual path but you can get there with a bit of hiking.

On your way back, stop at 98 Acres Resort for a coffee or tea with a view.

2. Walk along the rails on the Nine Arch Bridge in Ella

This now world-famous bridge is located just outside of Ella Town and on the same way as Little Adam’s Peak. With a small 30 minute walk through the woods, you will reach a piece of beautiful architecture hidden between lush green tea fields. This is one of the things you must do in Sri Lanka!

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Things to do Ella Sri Lanka Nine arch bridge couple view

Get a drink up in the hills at one of the cafes and wait for the train to pass. The Nine Arch Bridge is 30 meters high and is open to being visited during the whole day. The guards will just keep an eye on the safety.

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3. Endless Tea Field Views at Lipton’s Seat

Lipton’s Seat in Haputale is a great morning or afternoon trip from Ella. In the morning, take a short train ride to Haputale. Once you reach the station, get a tuk-tuk which takes you up to the top where, back in 1890, mister Lipton, planted the first seeds of what now is Sri Lanka’s biggest export product, Lipton Tea.

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The route to the top is jaw-dropping when you see the endless stretched fields of tea. All those smiling, hard-working woman picking the best tea leaves for your tea. The tea leaf plants give the entire hillside a unique look.

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4. Swim at Diyaluma Falls, 2nd highest waterfall in Sri Lanka

To visit the Diyaluma falls you will probably need the whole day, or at least if you are planning to visit it from the top. About an hour drive out of Ella is the foot of the 2nd highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Once you have explored the foot, drive 30 minutes more to the top. Hike about 45 minutes and reach a waterfall with many natural pools on different levels.

Read: Diyaluma Falls, Sri Lanka

Things to do Ella Sri Lanka Diyaluma Falls drone

5. Join a cooking class at Ella Spice Garden

Learn about the ingredients and create some delicious Sri Lankan food with super tasty flavors. Make sure to book in advance because the Ella Spice Garden class seem to be full every day.

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6. Get a fresh shower at the Ravana Fall

Ready to escape a bit of the heat of the afternoon? A quick 10-minute drive from town is the Ravana Fall. It is located next to the main road so you can easily take a dip. Much easier than Diyaluma Falls.

Ravana Falls has become a very popular site with both locals and foreigners stopping by to enjoy this piece of nature and a cooldown in the water.

Things to do Ella Sri Lanka Ravana waterfall

7. Hike up to the top of Ella Rock

If you are up to a bigger challenge, hike to the top of Ella Rock. Little Adam’s peak is a laugh compared to this one. It takes 2 hours to hike from bottom to top. It can be done with a guide or on your own but please make sure you asked the directions from someone you trust, like your guesthouse manager.

Must read: Impressive green tea hills of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

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Bonus 8. Market on Wednesdays

Ella has a small market on Wednesday mornings. Passara Road (Ella Super) is lined with small stalls where people are selling clothing, fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits.

Best Restaurants in Ella

Cafe Chill
Like the name says, this restaurant is very chill and it’s the most popular place in town. They serve different types of food in a great way, Detox Smoothies, Burgers, Pizza’s and the Sri Lankan Lamprais is a must-try!

AK Ristoro
AK Ristoro is a bit out of the main street and has superb fresh pizza, pasta, and sushi. The owner is half Japanse so the sushi is definitely worth a try.

In Reincarnation
This new Mexican place offers super tasty taco & wraps.

Adam’s Breeze
Near Little Adam’s Peak is a super tasty Sri Lankan food restaurant. Stop here after you came back from the Nine Arch Bridge or Little Adam’s Peak.

Weather in Ella, Sri Lanka

With its warm days and cool nights, the weather in Ella, Sri Lanka is quite perfect. Of course, it can’t be that green without rain. Best time to visit Ella is from January until May.

After Ella

If you are following one of our Sri Lanka routes you can continue your trip towards Arugam Bay, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy or Yala National Park. Arugam Bay is the hardest to reach, either share a taxi or get on the local bus to Pottuvil, which is next to Arugam Bay. We highly recommend you to visit Arugam!

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Hotels in Ella, Sri Lanka

Ella has a lot of hostels, guesthouses, and hotels to offer but where should you stay? See all hotels in Ella under $50 a night.
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7 awesome things to do Ella Sri Lanka

22/01/2020 https://www.saltinourhair.com/sri-lanka/ella-sri-lanka/
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  • Taruna Srivastava

    As weather is not good ella , is it recommended to go in 1st week of dec ??
    Please let me know

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Taruna, the weather doesn’t change that much in Ella throughout the year. It is always cooler than other places in Sri Lanka and there is often moments of rain. It is a little wetter in the winter months but it will still be lovely!

  • Fiona & Russell

    We loved Ella so much and turned a 2 day trip into 4. We would definitely recommend staying a little outside of the town as well, to really experience the magical mountainous spirit.

  • Abirami Kugathasan

    I wanna plan to visit Ella for 3 days. Can u plz tell the guide for it.. Which places I can visit there and and devide it for each days

    • saltinourhair

      All the places you can visit are listed in this guide.
      Day 1: You can visit Little Adams peak and the Nine Arch Bridge
      Day 2: Climb Ella Rock in the early morning visit Lipton’s Seat in Haputale in the afternoon
      Day 3: Day trip to Diyaluma Falls or the rest of the things we’re mentioning in this list :)

  • Francessca Lee

    This may be a dumb question but you can do the same train ride from Ella to Kandy right? Thanks otherwise for all the tips! Love your photos too!

  • Would you still recommend visiting Ella in july ? I believe its meant to be monsoon season then. Is that correct ?
    thanks :)

  • Scarl Travel

    Hi, I read about weather in Sri-Lanka found out that May is the start of Yala Monsoon. In actual how bad is the weather? Is it worth taking the risk and travelling in the south and hill country during this low season?

  • Henry Zakar

    Hi there,
    Love your post!!
    I’m about to visit Sri Lanka for 9 Days and I try to plan a route that includes a stop at Ella, do you guys have any ideas about arriving to Ella from the south region (Weligama\Mirissa\Matara\Blue beach)

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Henry,

      What exactly do you want to know? How to get in Ella or what you 9 days should look like?

  • Is there somewhere in between Ella and Dikwella worth seeing/staying at? Or is it rather advisable to do the Ella to Dikwella commute in one go without an overnight stay?

  • Thanks for a beautifully curated guide and photos of your experiences. I used your guide to Sri Lanka to inform my own trip which I booked on a whim after being made redundant from my job. Best thing that ever happened. I’m currently in Dikwella and loving every minute.

  • Hi, Me and my girlfriend will be Basing ourselves in Arugum bay in july, partly a surf trip but would also like to venture out and explore Ella. (and maybe other places close by) What would would be the minimum days/nights you would spend in Ella ? And how would you get there from Arugum bay ? Cheers

  • hello,
    i went through your blog. i find it very interesting and it also increases my curiosity to visit Ella. I am planning to visit Sri Lanka during the 1st week of March from 2nd to 9th. we are a family of 4 members 3 adults and one child. it would be of great help if you suggest us how to plan our itinerary. I am planning to travel Ella,Kandy, and Bentota.


  • Did you happen to go to the Upper Ravana Falls? They look so beautiful but I have found very little info on how to actually get there. Some blogs say you can hike there from the falls on the road, others said that is now blocked off with police to ensure nobody risks going there. Other blogs say you can drive to the top and hike in, but no indication of distance is provided. Thanks!!

    • saltinourhair

      No, we haven’t done it. And we didn’t hear anything about it either so I would recommend you not to do so if there is such little information about it. Take care!

  • Hi i will be in ella in october 2019. I want to ask if its possible to do in the same day the ella rock treck and then littles adam walking trail. And then drive to yala. (I want to reach yala no later than 6.30 p.m) (we are a group of 8 adults. Age 50 + . Phisicly o.k.

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Liora,
      Great plans!
      We do think this is possible since the Ella Rock track will start before sunrise. So very early.
      After that, you have enough time to hike up to Little Adams Peak since it’s only a ‘little’ hike compared to Ella Rock ;)
      Keep in mind it’s a +-2 hour drive from Ella to Yala Nationalpark though. It’s best to arrive before sunset since that’s the time the wild elephants will walk up the roads (mostly not dangerous but it’s best to avoid that)

      Hope you’ll have a wonderful trip!

  • I’m travelling to Ella in early Feb and wondering if air con is needed for that time in the evening as I am noticing most rooms do not have air con….

  • Leila McEwan

    Great blog!

  • I really love your post. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I am travelling to Sri Lanka next month for work, I have three days to start to see some sights. I arrive at 11:55pm on a Saturday night and then need to be back in Colombo by Tuesday night to start work on Wednesday. Do you think it’s to ambitious to travel from Colombo on the the Sunday. Monday sightsee around Ella- ie: little Adams peak. Then returning from Ella to Colombo on Tuesday? I have been to Colombo and Kandy before so have seeing the sights of the towns but not the surrounding areas. :)

    • saltinourhair

      Hi! It depends on your budget. If you don’t mind spending it on a taxi, definitely do it! Pickme is very affordable and when the code still works you get a discount when using SALTYTAXI. You can book a return trip with them if I remember correct.


  • Thanks for all your tips, I’m going to Sri Lanka in December and can’t wait. I’m only in Ella for 2 days and plan to go to Ella Spice Garden on a specific night. Some places say to book in advance, and others say you can’t – if you booked can you let me know how and where? Thank you :)

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Ellie,

      It’s not possible to do it online. Go to them as early as possible to reserve a spot for another day. They only have about 8 spots per day.

  • Hi,
    I was wondering how long you would recommend staying in Ella? I really liked your recommendations. I am looking to visit with my boyfriend end of Feb/March. We will probably have 3 weeks total (with travel from USA), and we will most likely be traveling my train to keep things in budget.

    Thank you!

  • Mathu Shalini

    Hi I’m plan to come Ella on Jan 2019 with my husband for 5 days I need one guide for this trip

  • Hi,

    How did you travel around Ella, between the interesting sites, the hotel and the train station?
    I am thinking of taking a train from Kandy to Ella, when I get to Ella, would there be any taxis or tricycles to travel around Ella? Or would we have to hire a private driver from Kandy/Colombo.

    • saltinourhair

      There are many tuk tuk drivers in Ella town. At the main street do bargain a lot with them since some charge triple of what it should be.

  • Do you know any cool places to stay in Ella? I am going to Ella for 2 or 3 days and I’m planning to do some of the stuff you mentioned above like going to Ravana falls (you can actually take a dip in there right?) Also do you know which train I need to take from Colombo to Ella?
    Thanks! Love everything about the blog!

  • Hello,

    This is very informative. Any idea how Ella is in July ? We are planning to spend three days to experience everything you have mentioned here. Thanks

    • saltinourhair

      Thanks! Weather in Ella around July is quite poor. The east coast is perfect but the more you will go to the weather, the worse it gets. Still don’t skip Ella! :)

  • Julie jewels

    I’m in Ella now. Doing my journey based on your suggestions. The railway tracks were so beautiful. Today little Adams peak. Great blog!

  • Do you girls know if you need a international drivers license to hire a scooter to go up the mountains for the day?

  • DilraTours.Com

    Amazing post guys..! Really loved it the pictures and the video are stunning. Seems like you guys had a great time in ella. Love to see more of your writings.

  • Skye Sherman

    Sri Lanka looks like such a tropical dream! We may be visiting soon… I’ll have to use this as a guide if we head to Ella. :)

  • The Common Wanderer

    Ella is such a good respite from the heat of Colombo and Kandy, and the views are ridiculous! For such a small town there is so much to see and do! Great post guys!

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