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10 Best Things to do in Ella, Sri Lanka - Comfy homestay in the highlands

Tucked away in the hill country of Sri Lanka, amongst gushing waterfalls and idyllic green hills lie Ella. It is one of the most appealing destinations on the island. This laid-back destination is perfect for hiking, trekking and relaxing escaping the searing temperatures of the southern coast.

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Hike Little Adam's Peak

What better way to start the day than going on a hiking trip with your friends? Just because it is called 'Little' Adam's Peak it does not imply that this place is less amazing. It will take about an hour to reach the summit and if you wish to take some time off the hike, consider hiring a tuk-tuk up to starting point of the trail at Ravana Zipline. It is worth a visit for its incredible views! Also known as one of the best places to visit in Bandarawela, for those who are staying at a hotel such as Bandarawela Hotel, it is just a 35-minute drive to this attraction.

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Flying Ravana Zipline

Get your heart racing by trying out this newest attraction in Ella. It travels more than 80 kilometres per hour and the zipline is more than 500 metres long. All adrenaline junks can soak in the views during the ride and take view clips to upload to your Instagram feed. It is also a dual zipline. So why not have a ride next to each other with your friend or significant other?

3

Nine Arch Bridge

This is undoubtedly a bucket list attraction among many leisure travellers. As a word of advice, do consider visiting this place at sunrise to catch its hidden glory and you will also be lucky to catch a glimpse of the train railing the tracks. It is a popular Instagram-worthy picture! There are two main viewpoints and it does not really matter what you take first.

4

Be a culinary tourist

Join an international cooking class for the first time in your life to try out cooking aromatic and spicy Sri Lankan food. You will love it! You can learn how to cook curries from scratch. Have you ever wondered how to prepare coconut cream? So, here is a chance to unpack your mystery.

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Visit Ravana Falls

Spending time near a cascading waterfall is always a treat. Ravana Falls is huge and impressive and obviously, it can be easily reached from Ella. Apart from having a leisurely swim, adventure seekers have the opportunity to climb nearby rocks offering awe-inspiring views of Ella's treasured surroundings.

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A train ride to Kandy or Haputale

The train ride between Kandy and Ella is popular as one of the world's top ten scenic train rides! This route will take you through vast and never-ending tea plantations in the country. The journey will take around four hours. Another option to consider will be to stop a day or two in the small town of Haputale without going all the way to Kandy. You will find plenty of things to do and amazing places to visit such as Lipton Seat.

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Go on 'Yala' safari

Despite its appealing biological endemism, Sri Lanka is one of the world's top five biodiversity hotspots. Sri Lanka is home to one of the three types of Asian elephants. Due to its largest concentration of elephants, leisure travellers from all around the world spare time to go on an elephant watching safari to Yala. Your safari tour will be incomplete if you fail to spot a Sri Lankan leopard.

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Horton Plains National Park

Horton plains, its adjoining Peak Wilderness and surrounding forests speak volumes of Sri Lanka's most important catchment area. The plains serve as natural habitats for diverse endemic wild animals of both wet and montage zones. Its flora has a high level of endemism. You will not regret making a visit here!

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Lipton's Seat

One of the talked-about things to do in Sri Lanka! As the sunrise, the viewpoint at Lipton's Seat looks amazing with its stunning views. Do not forget to capture a photo with Thomas Lipton (statue) who was known as the pioneer of tea. It is just an hour's drive from Ella.

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Visit a tea factory

Your holiday in Sri Lanka will be incomplete if you don't visit a tea factory. There are quite a few tea factories in Ella, but the Halpewatte Tea Factory is a popular choice amongst them. It is one of the largest tea factories in the country with amazing tea tasting experiences and English-speaking tour guides.

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