4. 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.