Ella is a tiny town in Uva Province’s Badulla District, Sri Lanka. It is located at an altitude of 1,041 meters (3,415 ft) above sea level, about 200 kilometers (120 mi) east of Colombo. The region is rich in biodiversity, dense with many flora and fauna varieties. Ella is surrounded by mountains and tea plantations covered with cloud forests. Because of its altitude, the city has a cooler environment than the surrounding plains. The Ella Gap allows views across the southern plains of Sri Lanka
ATTRACTIONS IN ELLA
- THE NINE ARCH BRIDGE
This bridge is located 2 km from the town of Ella on the “Passara” highway between railway stations “Ella” and “Demodara.” This name is used as there are 9 arches in the bridge. It is also known as “Ahas Nawaya Palama” (9 Skies Bridge) and is 300 feet long and 25 feet wide, nearly 3100 feet above sea level. Due to the architectural ingenuity of the bridge and the abundant greenery in the neighboring hillsides, the surrounding region has seen a continuous rise in tourism.
It is one of the best examples of colonial-era railway construction in the country. The construction of the bridge is generally attributed to a local Ceylonese builder, P. K. Appuhami, in consultation with British engineers. As a result, the work came to a standstill, leading the locals build the bridge with stone bricks and cement, but without steel.
- ELLA ROCK
The most rewarding and taxing walk around Ella is the climb of the magnificent Ella Rock that stands out over the village. It’s a total of about a four-hour walk, with an exciting combination of railroad track, tea plantation, and some steep things close the top. Carry food, water, and nice footwear, and be careful when the paths get slippery–and also be conscious that mist and rain can rise rapidly to the top. There are several feasible routes; most of them start by following the railway line south out of the village, then one of the distinct paths that hit the rock.
- RAVANA ELLA WATER FALLS
The Ravana Falls is famous sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country. This waterfall measures an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop about 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades. During the local wet season, the waterfall becomes what is said to look like an areca flower with fading petals. But this is not the case in the dry season, where water flow dramatically decreases. The falls are component of the Wildlife Sanctuary of Ravana Ella and are situated 6 km (3.7 mi) from Ella’s local railway station.
- RAVANA’S CAVE
These tunnels clearly demonstrate King Ravana’s architectural brilliance. The tunnels served as a fast transportation through the mountains as well as a secret passage. All the major towns, airports and milk farms were networked. A close look at these tunnels shows that they are man-made structures rather than natural ones. There are also existing tunnel mouths in Ishtripura in Welimada, Senapitiya in Halagala, Ramboda, Labookelle, Wariyapola in Matale, and Seetha Kotuwa in Hasalaka and many more locations.
- LITTLE ADAM’S PEAK
The Small Sripada (Little Adam’s Peak) mountain range in the Badulla, Ella region has become an attraction for local and international tourists. The region is visited by a big amount of individuals to admire its picturesque beauty. Small Sripada is about two kilometers from the town of Ella. From this place you can also see Kataragama and the hundreds of kilometers away beach of Hambantota. Also situated close this location are the Namunukula, Poonagala and Narangala mountain ranges. Some of the Small Sripada’s mounting range of about 10 acres is full of biodiversity.