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Ella

DESTINATIONS

ELLA

SRI LANKA

When in Sri Lanka, it was super hard for me to leave the beautiful beaches. I kept pushing my upcoming stay in Ella back more and more but finally made it for two nights. Boy, am I glad I did! Ella is a really small town surrounded by a LOT of beautiful land and huge waterfalls. If you like nature, you will be in Heaven. Well, even if you don’t like nature. It is hard to hate it here.

THE BASICS

LANGUAGE: Sinhala, Tamil, English

CURRENCY: Sri Lankan Rupee

CLIMATE: Tropical, Rainy season is Jan – March, Temperature was much cooler than the beaches

DRESS CODE: Slightly conservative, Might feel more comfortable covering shoulders and legs (up to you)

GETTING AROUND: Train, Tuk-Tuk, Local Taxi, Bus

COST OF VISITING: $ – Hostels start at $6 per night and street food is a little as $2 to $3 (USD)

TIPPING: Tipping is not expected

SAFETY: Generally a safe city

PACKING ESSENTIALS: Jacket, Gets cold in the evenings depending on when you visit

VISA: eVisa with double entry for 30 days, $35 for US citizens

GETTING THERE

BY BUS

A good choice if you are coming from one of the beach towns located in the south or east. You can also take a bus from Colombo. No matter where you are coming from, here is a good guide to follow.

BY TRAIN

ELLA RAILWAY STATION

Wellawaya-Ella-Kumbalwela Highway, Ella, Sri Lanka (Map)

Many people take the famous Kandy to Ella train to reach Ella and I highly recommend this. It can also be done the other way (Ella to Kandy – this is what I did). The train takes about 7-8 hours but you will love every minute of the ride. So beautiful. The Ella train station is located in the middle of town (you can’t miss it)

WHERE TO STAY

HOMESTAYS

BROAD VIEW

12 Jalan Sultan Ismail 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Map)

A private room located in the Ella hills. A short 15 minute walk into town. The climb up the stairs to your room is a little rough, but totally worth it. I had arrived here at night, only to open my eyes in the morning to this view while still in bed! The family is so incredibly kind and will make sure you have everything you need during your stay there. Oh, and when you get to the bottom of the steps, look to your right and you see one of the largest waterfalls in Sri Lanka!

WHAT TO EAT

WHERE TO EAT

If you stay at Broad View (listed above, I highly recommend eating breakfast there daily and dinner there at least once! You will not be disappointed. The food is better than any restaurant I went to and the portions are way big even for me.

WHAT TO DRINK

WHERE TO DRINK

CAFE ONE LOVE

Railway Station Road, Ella, Sri Lanka (Map)

Cute two story cafe open 24 hours a day. Very cozy with chill vibes. Lots of cushions and floor seating. A great place to come and have a few drinks or bring your laptop and work for the day.

WHAT TO DO

SEE THE SITES

Here is a good guide to follow listing all of the sites in Ella including the Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Rock, Little Adam’s Peak, various waterfalls and more!

ELLA RAILWAY STATION

Wellawaya-Ella-Kumbalwela Highway, Ella, Sri Lanka (Map)

GET A TATTOO

DEE TATTOO STUDIO

Police Station Road, Ella, Sri Lanka (Map)

Like sometimes happens, I randomly decided to get a tattoo one morning while I was here. The guys here were awesome and even drank a beer with me while I got my tattoo!

TAKE THE TRAIN TO KANDY

ELLA RAILWAY STATION

Wellawaya-Ella-Kumbalwela Highway, Ella, Sri Lanka (Map)

This scenic train ride was one of the best decisions I have ever made. If you are heading to Kandy from Ella, make sure to sit on the right side of the train for the best views. (If you are standing in the train and facing the direction the train is heading, sit on the right side)