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Everything you need to know when travelling to Ella – For your first trip here

Looking at the central parts of the island of Sri Lanka, Ella is considered one of the most beautiful places to visit on the island. The best part of this little town is the nature surrounding the place. Here are a few things to know before a visit here.


Arriving here

There are so many ways to travel to Ella if you are coming from Colombo. You may hire a car and drive through the hills of Sri Lanka, or you could take the buses available to come here. But, be warned, it is quite a long journey and it isn't going to be an easy one when it comes to public transport. Despite these options, most travellers opt for the train ride which is thought to be one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. You can either begin your journey on the train from Colombo or take the train from Kandy. Either way, you will head to Demodara Railway Station from where you will need to take a bus or a tuk-tuk back to Ella.


Places to stay

Ella is quite a sought-after tourist destination and therefore, there are several accommodation options to choose from. Here in the hills, bungalows are quite the common pick when it comes to a place to stay. But then there are also a few hotels that cater to the backpackers out there. Hotels like 98 Acres are located just by the main attractions in the area. You also have the option of outdoor camping. You can stay in a luxury tent amid the forest where the wild is alive for an unforgettable experience.


Places to eat

While exploring, you are sure to work up a bit of an appetite. Well, there is nothing to worry about when there are a few restaurants out there serving some delicious local and western cuisine. Downtown Roti Hut and Adam's Breeze are two places that sever some of the most scrumptious local dishes like kottu which is ideal for the cool weather here. A K Ristoro serves up some authentic Italian dishes in the hills of Sri Lanka while Café Chill provides one of the best bar ambiences along with western favourites as snacks.


Things to do

When it comes to things to do in Ella, they are mostly all adventurous and will leave you surrounded by the wonder of nature. Begin with the easy hike up to Little Adam's Peak which is one of the most famous hikes for beginners. Get to the peak and you will be rewarded with views of the mountainside that is worth a snap! Next is Ella Rock where you can reach the summit and catch a glimpse of the Ella Gap as well. You can also visit waterfalls like Ravana Ella and much more.


Travel tips

While travelling to Ella you will find that as you go higher the air becomes much cooler, so it will do you much good to take a scarf or two, a long-sleeved t-shirt and perhaps a jacket to keep you warm. Also, try wearing a pair of hiking shoes whenever you go exploring so that you are able to avoid mud getting on your feet. Find out more about this destination on websites like Ella Sri Lanka.