Ella is a picturesque hill side town situated in the middle of Sri Lanka, surrounded by beautiful mountains, tea plantations, and numerous varieties of flora and fauna. With a cool climate, marvelous views, and several things to do and see, Ella is fast becoming a favorite destination for travelers. Here are the top five things to do in Ella.


  1. Little Adam’s Peak: This is Ella’s best known tourist attraction, aptly named since it has a similar shape to Adam’s Peak, which is Sri Lanka’s holy mountain. Little Adam’s Peak is a much shorter and easier climb though – it takes half an hour to climb to the top of the 1141 meter peak. The walk is enjoyable and clearly marked as you meander through tea plantations and take in breathtaking views of Ella Rock, Ravana Falls and the endless valley below. On a clear sunny day you can see the south coast of Sri Lanka from here.


  1. Ella Rock: Ella Rock is a great activity for those that are really interested in hiking and trekking, and is slightly more challenging than the climb to Little Adam’s Peak. Although you can find your way without a guide, there are no clear signs and several tracks, so if you’re looking for the fastest way up, it is best if you hire a guide. It is wise to head up first thing in the morning for amazing panoramic views. It takes about 1.5 – 2 hours to climb to the top, with a hike through tranquil woodland and tea plantations.


  1. Halpewatte Tea Factory: If you’re a tea fan (who isn’t?) then a trip to a tea factory is a must! This popular activity is perfect as you get to see how world famous Ceylon tea is manufactured, step by step. Find out all that you need to know about Ceylon tea here, and taste some of it too. Visitors will be able to purchase factory fresh tea as well during a tea factory visit here.


  1. Ella Spice Garden: This is a fun thing to do in Ella, where you can go around a small spice garden and learn about the source of some of your favorite ingredients. Although the garden tour is short, the Ella Spice Garden also offers a lunch time cooking class which is a personal, fun and informative class which gives you great insight to cooking real Sri Lankan food. Prior notice needs to be given to attend these classes since they can get quite full.


  1. Demodara Nine Arch Bridge: Seeing this attraction is quite worthwhile. The bridge is situated 2 km away from Ella town, and was built by the British in the early 20th It has nine sky bridges, and is built entirely of solid bricks, rock and cement with no steel.


Find out more about all the things you can do in Ella here