Ella is full of memorable things to do, from hiking the lush mountain peaks to refreshing the body in pools beneath waterfalls. The town is bustling and has plenty of cute cafes and restaurants to indulge in the local cuisine or find some foriegn comfort food.
To get to Ella, take the nostalgic train from Kandy or take the train directly from Colombo to Ella which is a harrowing journey through the mountains. Everything is very walkable in Ella but if you really have to rent a car go through Sunny Cars. They work with the local rental companies and include insurance in their prices. No matter how you get about this city and the surrounding area has so much to offer. Here is our list of some of the best things to do in Ella, Sri Lanka.
Treat Yourself To An Experience
One of the best things to do is to stay in a villa in Sri Lanka. These stunning experiences are not to be missed. A private luxury villa all to yourself for that personal getaway, or plan a trip for all the friends to enjoy this beautiful city and have an oasis to return to and keep the party going. A private pool feels so invigorating after a walk about in the heat and dust of the city. Beautifully decorated and furnished you will feel like the royal family of Sri Lanka.
Fancy A Breathtaking View?
Little Adam’s Peak, this stunning ridge is made up of three lush jungle peaks that rise above the valley below. You can hike through nature and around local villages, tea farms, and rice fields. To the top is a bit of a hike, but not that far away. Once you arrive it’s an incredible feeling. Panorama views of the surrounding valleys and villages lay before you.
Chill At Cafe Chill
Cafe Chill is where you can have one of the best meals in Ella. Granted, it is a bit of a western tourist spot, they still serve local favourites as well as those cheese covered dishes you crave when away from home. After many years in business they still offer a reasonable price comparatively. Even the building is handsome, a miss of traditional architecture and modern craftsmanship. Cafe Chill is popin’ during the day as a restful spot to wet your whistle and night as a watering hole for the neighbourhood.
Visit Where It All Began
The town of Ella is one of the most picturesque inhabited places in Sri Lanka. Visitors come for the splendour of nature but stay for this little town. A lively and entertaining vibe with restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and more, all at your disposal. Wednesdays there is a small morning market. The high street is crowded with stalls and tents selling everything from clothing and trinkets to herbs, fruits and veg. It’s a great spot to meet the locals and learn about Sri Lankan culture.