Travel Report Ella
We arrived in Ella after the scenic train ride from Kandy. We could start by saying that Ella is maybe the hotspot of European backpackers, but this would certainly not be fair. Ella has so much more to offer on its own! There is really something magical about this small village tucked in between high mountains and spread across the lush green hills. A village that has been in the dark for centuries until 1984 when it was finally brought into “light” with the electricity system being installed.
Walking the village and its surroundings
We mainly came here as an ending point of our Hill Country trip and because of the walking the nine bridges. Very quickly, we discovered Ella’s magic. The village, its buzz and commerce are mainly made in one road street that is colorful, vibrant, super energetic and dynamic. There is small local businesses on both sides of the road, traditional Ayurveda centers, cool bars, trendy restaurants offering a broad range of Sri Lankan and international food.
The food here is amazing! Apart from the typical Sri Lankan food you can easily find western dishes or delicious fusions between western and eastern flavors. There is a very young, cool and chilled mood around! The hoteliers and guests houses are spread through the adjacent mountains. Giving you the amazing chance to overlook the village from above and a very good night sleep. We decided to enjoy the cherry on top of the cake and get a traditional Ayurvedic treatment – it first felt unusual and strange but we very quickly we reached a real chilled mood.
Ella is not only looked at as a hub for most adventures, for example hiking Adam’s Peak or Ella’s Rock, but also as a connecting point between the south and north of Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, we had only booked a 1 night stay and already planned our safari in Yala. Otherwise, we would definitely had stayed for at least another night since there is much more to discover around, especially if you fancy hiking…
Travel Info and Tips
Where is it? Central Sri Lanka, 202 km from Sri Lanka, 130km from Kandy, 24.4 km Haputale
What is it famous for? Hiking in scenic landscapes, young scenery and trendy restaurants, tea Factories and plantations
What is good to know? Ella seats 1041 m above the sea, it’s humid and generally cooler than most places in Sri Lanka.