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Ella Rock: Our most recommended tours and activities

Ella: Private Ella Rock Sunrise Hike

1. Ella: Private Ella Rock Sunrise Hike

Begin your day with a hike up Ella Rock. Reach the viewpoint and be rewarded by stunning scenes of the rolling mountain landscape and mesmerizing clouds or sun rays. Meet your guide at your hotel or pre-arranged meeting point in the early morning. Hop in the tuk tuk and head towards the starting point of the hike. Climb up Ella Rock and by the time the first light appears in the sky, you will be at its top. Make your way to various points to see the surrounding landscape of the city, mountains, and valleys from different angles, each providing a memorable view on its own. Admire the lush greenery amongst the light of the rising sun or feel at peace with the blanketing clouds depending on the weather conditions for that day. After embracing and capturing your time spent at the top of Ella Rock, hike back down and return to your drop-off location.

Ella: 9 Arch bridge, Ella Rock, & Little Adam’s Peak Tour

2. Ella: 9 Arch bridge, Ella Rock, & Little Adam’s Peak Tour

Explore Ella, a tourist village paradise in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Visit this awesome mountain village, with its spectacular views and relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy relaxing walks through tea plantations, and memorable visits to temples and waterfalls. Get picked up from your hotel in the Ella area and enjoy a hike to Ella Rock. After some refreshments, depart for Nine Arches Bridge to see this interesting example of colonial engineering. After the bridge, take a hike up to Little Adam's Peak for some amazing views. Watch the sunset over the mountain before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Ella: 2-Day Tour of 3 Iconic Ella Sites and Etili Village

3. Ella: 2-Day Tour of 3 Iconic Ella Sites and Etili Village

Delight in a 2-day tour encompassing the very best that Ella has to offer. Admire spectacular mountain scenery, and experience traditional Sri Lankan rural life as you discover the magic and charm of this beautiful region. Begin your tour with hotel pickup on the first day, and explore the wonders of Ella, a village paradise in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, with a local, knowledgeable guide. Take in amazing panoramic views as you hike to the top of Ella Rock, passing luscious tea plantations and tranquil woodlands on the way. Next, stroll along the unique Nine Arch Bridge railway and stop to take picturesque photos of this architectural masterpiece. Marvel at the epic scenery of forests and tea leaf cultivation, before resting and relaxing over lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, take a small hike with your guide to Little Adam's Peak and further enjoy the rural beauty. Wind through tea plantations, and pass multiple platforms, rocks, and viewpoints that are perfect for photos. See the view get more and more spectacular as you walk along the ridge to the summit, before descending and returning to your local accommodation in the evening. On the second day, savor a truly off-the-beaten-path experience in an authentic local village. Get a taste for typical rural life in Sri Lanka, and interact with the local village community to understand more about their daily lives. Try your hand at traditional Chena cultivation, an agricultural practice that dates back some 5000 years in Sri Lanka, and prepare your own lunch using supplies from wild Chena. Then, relax on a gentle canoe ride around the lake in Etili village, and wonder at the surrounding nature, birds, and photographic scenery. Finally, take a thrilling ride through the village on an amphibious Landmaster vehicle, before returning to your accommodation once again.

Haputale: Ella, Small Adam's Peak, & Nine Arches Bridge Hike

4. Haputale: Ella, Small Adam's Peak, & Nine Arches Bridge Hike

Explore the beauty of the forests and villages in the Sri Lankan countryside on this day trip from Haputale. Reach the summit of Ella rock and Adam's peak on this private trip. Admire the architecture at Nine Arches bridge. Be picked up from your hotel in Haputale and take in the scenic views on the drive to the countryside. Start with a forested ascent of the majestic Ella Rock. See local flora and fauna as you climb up to one thousand meters. Look out at breathtaking views of the valleys and hills below. Continue your walk to Small Adam's peak which is 1141 meters above sea level. Snap some pictures of the sweeping panoramic mountain vistas. Head to the Nine Arches Bridge. Have a nice picnic lunch to keep your energy levels high. Stop to see this bridge which was was created during the colonial British era in Sri Lanka. See how it is built from bricks and cement rather than steel. Hear about the history of this bridge from your local guide before returning to Ella and transferring back to your hotel.

Sri Lanka: Ella Rock Private Guided Hike

5. Sri Lanka: Ella Rock Private Guided Hike

Explore Ella Rock and the striking surrounding landscape on a private guided hike. Watch the warm sun rise over the sprawling, lush countryside of Sri Lanka, beginning your day in the most idyllic way. Follow your local guide up to the peak, learning about the area and its rich biodiversity. You will be starting your Ella Rock Hike Tour at Ella Town. You will be met here by an experienced local trekker at 0600 hrs. He will then lead you through the countryside to the track using the best routes. The track up to the peak is quite clear. Once you reach it, you will be hiking up the slopes of Ella Rock. Some of the things to see on the way would be the tea plantations with the pluckers heading to work and the beautiful countryside. Once you reach the peak you will be greeted by a steep drop that affords you with breathtaking views. With the sun rising higher, the distant hills and rolling green valleys below will be especially beautiful. So don’t forget to bring your camera. After spending some time up on the top of Ella Rock, you will be hiking back to Ella Town. The entire hike, up to the peak and back down, will take you approximately five hours. You will be completing your Ella Rock Hike Tour at 1100 hrs, just in time for you to have a hearty breakfast.

Ella: Pekoe Trail Stage 15 Guided Hike from Makulela to Ella

6. Ella: Pekoe Trail Stage 15 Guided Hike from Makulela to Ella

Today’s stage begins at Makulella, at the temple of Allimale Bodhiya, a lovely Buddhist Temple overlooking the valley The river flowing through the valley gives way to the Ravana Falls, a popular stop on the Ella to Wellawaya road below. This spectacular waterfall was named after legendary King Ravana, described in the Ramayana. According to legend, King Ravana hid princess Sita inside a cave behind this waterfall. The stage starts at an elevation of 1240 meters and ends at an elevation of just over 1000 meters. The first part of the stage is a delightful walk through a forested area. At the 800-meter point, The views on the right-hand side are stunning. The trail penetrates a patch of jungle and shortly after emerges onto a much wider trail. Ella Rock sits at the 4.5 km point of today’s walk, the quieter more peaceful, and serene half. Needless to say, the view from Ella Rock is spectacular. Expansive vistas of the valley below, little Adam’s Peak on the other side of the valley, and the many mountains and valleys beyond. From here on The Pekoe Trail mirrors the popular trail many of the travelers staying in Ella use to climb up to the rock as a day trip. The first 200 meters are a steep descent, first through the eucalyptus forest and then passing a few local homes and their cultivated gardens all the way to Kithal Ella Station. From Kithal Ella Station there is no option but to walk along the railway track for approximately 1.5 km. Today’s stage finishes at the Ella Train Station. Ella railway station is the 75th station on the Main Line and is located 271.03 km from Colombo. Ella is a very popular hill-country town where travelers come to enjoy walks through tea plantations and nature, and generally to chill out.

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What people are saying about Ella Rock

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based on 3 reviews

Very nice trip, quite tiring Ella rock. This is ideal for people who like to hike! I myself had a very nice guide who told me a lot about the nature there, took me to very local eating places. The guide's name was Jeewa.

Very nice tour with a nice guide who knew his stuff and explained a lot.