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Teeming with UNESCO World Heritage Sites and historical landmarks, you won’t struggle to find things to do in Sri Lanka, and Ella is a fantastic place to start ticking things off your list.
Venture into the hills and you’ll find yourself surrounded by all of the natural beauty that you could ever want or need. Breathe in the fresh hill country air, explore verdant forests and discover fascinating historical sites, all in just one of Sri Lanka’s many vibrant regions. From the dream-like Ravana Falls to the breath-taking sweeping views from Ella Rock, there is no shortage of beauty to be found in the emerald-hued hills of Ella. You won’t have a single moment of boredom, there's no shortage of things to do in this dynamic destination!
Feel at one with nature with luxury hillside hotels. Watch the sunrise from the comfort of your lavish king-sized bed, take dips in picturesque infinity pools and unwind in the tranquillity of the Sri Lankan forest. Indulge your body, mind and senses with rejuvenating spa treatments for the perfect day of relaxation or go for invigorating hikes through the lush landscapes. No matter how you choose to spend your days, you’ll find no shortage of things to do in Sri Lanka.
We recommend pairing Sri Lanka with a luxury beach holiday to the Maldives. Experience the very best of culture & safaris with white beaches & overwater villas. Sri Lanka is home to so many incredible destinations and there's so many different ways to explore the island, depending on what you would like to see and do!
Ella is a stunning destination at all times of the year. Due to its altitude, the region experiences cooler temperatures than elsewhere in Sri Lanka, as well as more regular rainfall. These rainfalls are what keep Ella’s pastures so breath-takingly verdant, and showers are always quickly replaced by fantastic sunshine, meaning that visitors can enjoy this stunning region at any time. We recommend visiting in March or April for the warmest, driest weather.
If you’re looking for your dream Sri Lanka honeymoon, Ella will certainly not disappoint you. As an added bonus, the many wonders that await you here are situated just an hour’s flight away from the dreamy Maldives atolls: you could build a heavenly honeymoon itinerary and pair your trip to Ella, which would see you observing some of the world’s most fabled historical landmarks, with a blissful beach holiday on the diamond-white sands of a secluded paradise island. One thing’s for sure, your Sri Lanka honeymoon will be one to remember.
Couples who can’t sit still on holiday simply have to visit Sri Lanka. Discover ancient cities, trek through lush jungles, gain incomparable insights into the marvellous culture, and create a treasure-trove of memories together that you can cherish for a lifetime. Ella truly is an explorer’s dream destination. Twin your Sri Lanka holiday with a trip to the nearby Maldives, and you can enjoy days of uninterrupted sunshine and romantic beach strolls together too.
Families looking for a unique and thrilling holiday experience can’t go wrong with Sri Lanka holidays. You won’t struggle to find things to do in Sri Lanka: the spectacular landmarks in Ella will give you and your children a far better insight than one they’d get from reading about Sri Lanka in school. Let them see with their own eyes the wonders that existed and give them an adventure they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. If you want a luxury family holiday filled with truly unforgettable moments, visit Sri Lanka.
Stunning views are in no short supply on this idyllic island, and one of the most popular ways to experience them is, surprisingly, by train. The journey from Kandy to Ella is an essential trip for anyone looking to enjoy rich landscapes and tremendous beauty while travelling Sri Lanka.
Journeying through the hill country, the entire train ride takes around six hours. While this may seem like a long time, when you’re confronted with dream-like views of vast tea plantations, enchanting waterfalls, misty mountains and fine, white-clouded skies, the journey will be over in what feels like no time at all.
Sri Lanka is known all over for the world for its legendary Ceylon tea, so a trip to this gorgeous island would not be complete without visiting the sprawling tea terraces and plucking your own batch straight from the source.
Begin your experience with a trip to the island's sprawling emerald tea terraces and learn from the experts how to pull the tea leaves from the paddies. After this you can visit a working tea factory and witness how they turn create the black tea we have come to know and love, and then round off the visit with a truly unforgettable afternoon tea.
Venture into the lush forests and step into what will look like a fairy tale or alternate paradise universe. You’ll hear the cascading water before you see it, but once you’ve laid eyes on the Ravana Falls, you’ll never want to leave.
Named after the legendary King Ravana, this is more than just a waterfall – as though a waterfall isn’t awe-inspiring in and of itself. Discover the waterfall and the caves in which a thrilling tale were set and see for yourself the caves that are believed to have been inhabited by humans over 25,000 years ago.
One of Sri Lanka’s many protected heritage sites, the Dhowa Rock Temple is an impressive display of the ingenuity of ancient civilisations and tells a truly enchanting tale of the worlds that existed thousands of years ago.
Thought to have been inhabited 2000 years ago, the Dhowa Temple was originally just a cave before it was transformed into a spectacular temple, the remains of which can still be seen today. Famous for its incomplete Buddha statue and the magnificent paintings in the shrine room, you’ll be stunned by the rich history contained within these walls.
For a hike unlike any other, a trip to Ella Rock is a must. With its lush forestry, iconic tea plantations and stunning hill views, it’s hardly surprising that the hill country of Sri Lanka is such a popular choice for visitors.
Take an awe-inspiring walk along the world-famous train tracks of Ella (don’t worry, it’s perfectly safe!), and through the lush tea plantations, when you arrive at Ella Rock, you certainly won’t be disappointed. For a truly sublime view, we recommend leaving in the early hours of the morning and watching the dazzling sunrise over the emerald-hued hills.
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Best Time To Travel:
December - April
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