Day Trips from Ella, Sri Lanka

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  • Mirissa or Galle: Transfer to Ella with Udawalawe Safari

    1. Mirissa or Galle: Transfer to Ella with Udawalawe Safari

    Enjoy a morning pick-up from your hotel in Mirissa or Galle and head for Udawalawe National Park, where you'll switch to an open-topped safari jeep to get the best views. See the animals early in the day at their most active. Pass by herds of elephants and watch for crocodiles, monkeys, water buffalo, a large variety of bird species, and more. Snap some great photos and learn about the wildlife. Sit down to a picnic breakfast later in the morning and then switch back to an air-conditioned car for the ride on to Ella where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

  • Etili Village Tour with Sri Lankan Lunch

    2. Etili Village Tour with Sri Lankan Lunch

    To begin, you will be picked up from your hotel in Ella or Bandarawela and then transferred to the Mirissa kade junction where you can start your journey into village life. Arrive at Chena, where you will be provided with a traditional welcome drink before learning how to select fresh vegetables that will be used in the preparation of your lunch. You can then do a boat safari in a nearby lake, which enables you to enjoy views of birds and wild animals while enjoying a chilled beer or fruit juice. Then, enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan village lunch in a mud house, with curd served for dessert. After lunch, you can plant a tree as part of your environmental contribution to the area. You can then go on a small hike to a viewpoint, where you can enjoy a herbal tea. Come back to the lake and view the sunset before being taken back to your hotel.

  • Ella Rock & 9 Arch Bridge, Little Adams Peak with Transfer

    3. Ella Rock & 9 Arch Bridge, Little Adams Peak with Transfer

    Enjoy the convenience of being picked from your accommodations in either Ella, Bandarawella, Haputale, or Wellawaya via tuk-tuk. Begin your tour with an early morning hike to the famous cliff, Ella Rock. Along the way, you’ll journey through tranquil woodlands and tea plantations. Walk alongside the iconic Sri Lankan railroad. Once you’ve reached Ella Rock, you’ll be able to enjoy amazing panoramic views. Hike down from Ella Rock to Nine Arches Bridge, a picturesque bridge which connects the Ella and Demodara railway stations. The bridge consists of 9 arches, which offer a harmonious sense of geometry against the lush green growth of the countryside. The bridge is made exclusively from rock, brick, and cement, and doesn’t use any steel. Stand underneath the bridge and look out into the beautiful “9 skies” framed by the 9 arches. Walk across the bridge and learn about its history from yo...

    Had the best time with Dinu he made me feel so comfortable and made the day very enjoyable! Very good at what he does and the tour itself was so good loved it

  • From Ella: Udawalawe Safari with Elephant Transit Home Visit

    4. From Ella: Udawalawe Safari with Elephant Transit Home Visit

    Spend your day exploring the best of the Udawalawe National Park's landscape and wild elephants. Spot many other exotic animals and birds in this wildlife sanctuary. Enjoy the convenience of pickup and drop-off service from your hotel in Ella. Begin your tour at your hotel where your driver will meet you at 12:30 PM. Hop on an air-conditioned vehicle for a 2-hour drive to the Elephant Transit Home. Enjoy 30 minutes of feeding baby elephants. Continue to the Udawalawe National Park. Embark on a Jeep Safari to see the beauty of Udawalawe National Park and its thriving elephant population. The park sustains large numbers of elephants with its abundant water sources. Get a chance to spot wild buffalos, spotted deers, barking deers, wild boars, sambars, hares, mongoose, crocodiles, and 30 species of snakes. You can also find 50 species of butterflies and many species of birds in the park. ...

  • From Ella or Bandarawela: Adisham Rail All-Inclusive Tour

    5. From Ella or Bandarawela: Adisham Rail All-Inclusive Tour

    Start your day at 8:30 AM with pick up from your hotel by your local guide. Make your way to Ella Railway Station in a TukTuk and, based on the train schedule, catch your train between 9 AM - 9:30 AM. Admire the beautiful countryside as you pass by mountains, waterfalls, tea plantations, and small villages until you reach Haputale Railway Station. Start the walk to the Adhisam Bungalow, as you pass tea plantations, jungles, and villages selling strawberries. Visit Adhisham Bungalow, a monastery run by Benedictine monks and built by Sir Thomas Lister Villers, who was born in 1869 in Adisham, an ancient village which lies in the Kent countryside. Next, enjoy lunch at a tea plantation and then catch your train, before being dropped off at your hotel at 5 PM. 

  • From Ella: Shuttle to Mirissa/Galle with Udawalawe Safari

    6. From Ella: Shuttle to Mirissa/Galle with Udawalawe Safari

    After 5:00 AM pick-up from your hotel in Ella, Haputale or Bandarawela, head for Udawalawe National Park, where you'll switch to an open concept safari jeep in order to have the best views. An early morning start ensures you'll see the animals during one of their most active times of day. See herds of elephants for sure and have fun watching for crocodiles, monkeys, water buffaloes, various endemic birds species and much more. Along the way, you'll learn about and observe the natural habitats of the local wildlife while you snap some amazing photos. Later in the morning, enjoy a picnic breakfast. Then, at the end of your 3-hour safari adventure, switch back to the comfortable, air-conditioned car for the ride on to Mirissa where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

  • From Ella: Udawalawe National Park Safari Tour

    7. From Ella: Udawalawe National Park Safari Tour

    Start the day with a convenient pickup at your hotel and head for the Udawalawe National Park. Situated on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, this will be around a 2-hour drive from Ella. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals, particularly those displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River. After arriving at the park, get on board a private jeep to begin the safari with your guide. Get you up close to the amazing attractions at the national park, including elephants, spotted deer, monitor lizards, and sambar deer. Also found are wild boar, the common langur, jackal, toddy cat, and the endemic Toque macaque monkeys. The Udawalawe National Park safari is ideal for all elephant and animal lovers. The wildlife has great diversity and many spectacular animals can be seen while on the safari tour: The Sri Lankan leo...

    I chose this program because I saw in the advertisement, that there are hundreds of elephants in this national parc. Unfortunately the weather was too rainy, lets say stormy on that day and because of this reason I could not see so many elephants. This program was scheduled in the afternoon and how I' ve just mentioned before, it was raining. But in the morning was sunny, so why I was disappointed, that why the agency did not organize this trip in the morning, instead of the afternoon. I know, you can never count with the weather, but if they check the weather forecast before, they could have seen that in the morning was sunny and in the afternoon was between 80 to 100 % chance to rain ... I was the only person on this tour, and I was available in the morning too, so I don't understand why the agency did not recommend to me this tour in the morning.

  • Horton Plains National Park Tour & Scenic Train Ride

    8. Horton Plains National Park Tour & Scenic Train Ride

    Get picked up from your hotel at 5:45 AM and drive to the railway station for a scenic train ride to Ohiya station. Arrive at 8:30 AM where you will be picked up and transferred to Horton Plains National Park. When you arrive, begin your walk along the park's nature trails to a viewpoint known as World’s End with your guide. Walking through the narrow paths will be really interesting as you pass grasslands and interspersed with patches of thick forest, rocky outcrops, filigree waterfalls, and misty lakes. The surprising diversity of the landscape is matched by the wide variety of wildlife. The World's End Viewpoint is a sheer cliff, with a drop of about 4,000 feet (1,200 m). Nearby, you will also find the Baker Falls, a 20-meter cascade of water named after Sir Samuel Baker, a famous explorer. Admire the stunning views, relax and enjoy a packed lunch. At 2:30 PM you will be taken back ...

    Engaged this tour package and was assigned a driver cum tour guide, Mr Sanju, who was very experienced and brought us around. He showed us some of the other spots during the tour as well. Had a great time with him as a guide! Thank you!

  • Ella: Lipton's Seat Tour with Dambetanna Tea Factory Visit

    9. Ella: Lipton's Seat Tour with Dambetanna Tea Factory Visit

    You'll begin your tour as the locals travel, with a tuk tuk ride through the tea plantations, driving past with beautiful scenes of lush fields. As you ascend through the winding roads to reach the highest point of the valley at Lipton's Seat, you'll look down to see amazing views over the tea plantations. The Lipton's Seat viewpoint is a fantastic photo opportunity, where you can take a photo with the statue of Lipton himself. Next, you will visit the longest-operating tea factory in Sri Lanka. The Dambetanna Tea Factory was built in 1890 by Scottish tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton. The factory tour will give you in an in-depth look at the entire tea making process. Finally relax in the middle of the tea fields with a typical Sri Lankan lunch and enjoy the stunning surroundings, before you return to your hotel via the tuk tuk transfer.

  • Ella: Little Adam's Peak and Nine Arch Bridge Half-Day Tour

    10. Ella: Little Adam's Peak and Nine Arch Bridge Half-Day Tour

    Discover the beauty of Ella on this half day tour. Your personal guide will take you to the famous Nine Arch Bridge before you witness the stunning views of Ella's natural beauty from Little Adam's Peak. Stroll along the unique attraction of the Nine Arch Bridge railway, spanning 91 meters alongside dense jungle and agricultural settings. Stop for photos of the nine arches. With the forest booming behind the railway and the tea leaves cultivated below from the plantations, the beautiful bridge stands out from the epic scenery as a picturesque masterpiece. The bridge is built entirely from rocks and bricks, without metal or steel. Next, your guide will take you on a small hike to Little Adam's Peak to see the greenery of Ella, surrounded by tea fields and rural beauty. The moderate trail winds through tea plantations, where you may see locals working and picking the tea leaves. The trai...

    We were doing a little hiking to Little Adam's Peak, for me it was very easy to manage. The view was really nice, but the weather was not perfect 100 %, because a part was sunny, but also a bit misty, but I guess it is always something similar, so don't hope for "the perfect instagram picture". :D There is also a zipline, what you can try it, I guess it's fun :) (it is not included in this price) The Nine Arch bridge is amazing itself, don't skip it, if you are in Ella, Sri Lanka. We were also waiting for "the old, red train", it was cool to see it. My tour guide came to pick me up with his tuk-tuk, it was very comfortable and also a nice experience. He was very nice and kind with me during the day. This trip is defintitely worth for money.

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What people are saying about Ella, Sri Lanka

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We were doing a little hiking to Little Adam's Peak, for me it was very easy to manage. The view was really nice, but the weather was not perfect 100 %, because a part was sunny, but also a bit misty, but I guess it is always something similar, so don't hope for "the perfect instagram picture". :D There is also a zipline, what you can try it, I guess it's fun :) (it is not included in this price) The Nine Arch bridge is amazing itself, don't skip it, if you are in Ella, Sri Lanka. We were also waiting for "the old, red train", it was cool to see it. My tour guide came to pick me up with his tuk-tuk, it was very comfortable and also a nice experience. He was very nice and kind with me during the day. This trip is defintitely worth for money.

I participated alone on that day, but I enjoyed it very much throughout the tour! The guide speaks fluent English. I wasn't good at English, and sometimes I had difficulty communicating. Was. Hiking on the mountain path was a bit difficult, but I could see the spectacular scenery and meet many memorable scenes. It was good that the guide took a lot of photos. Ceylon tea and coconut biscuit which I drank in a coconut shell tea cup prepared by the guide on the rocky place with a superb view were very delicious.

Very good experience. We got to see a lot and had a really sweet guide! There was plenty of time for us to do and see what we wanted! Would definitely recommend this tour and guide.

Incredibly cool experience to go up on Ella Rocks. There is a heavy and an easier road and when you come up you have the world view

Great tour with very nice guide. He went out of his way to show us the most beautiful photo spots.