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

1. 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 your knowledgable guide as you take in the surroundings. Sit down for lunch at a local restaurant before going for an afternoon hike to Little Adam’s Peak, Ella’s most well-known attraction. Enjoy an easy and gradual climb to the peak. Once there, take in a spectacular view of the Ella Gap. Walk through lush green tea plantations and paddy fields. See local people plucking and collecting tea leaves. Gaze over the valley into the island’s central highlands. Take a refreshing swig of complimentary bottled water. Your tour ends as you are returned to your hotel via tuk-tuk.

Ella: Private Ella Rock Sunrise Hike

2. Ella: Private Ella Rock Sunrise Hike

Begin your day with a hike up Ella Rock. Reach the viewpoint and be rewarded by stunning scenes of the rolling mountain landscape and mesmerizing clouds or sun rays. Meet your guide at your hotel or pre-arranged meeting point in the early morning. Hop in the tuk tuk and head towards the starting point of the hike. Climb up Ella Rock and by the time the first light appears in the sky, you will be at its top. Make your way to various points to see the surrounding landscape of the city, mountains, and valleys from different angles, each providing a memorable view on its own. Admire the lush greenery amongst the light of the rising sun or feel at peace with the blanketing clouds depending on the weather conditions for that day. After embracing and capturing your time spent at the top of Ella Rock, hike back down and return to your drop-off location.

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

3. 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 trail offers multiple platforms, rocks and viewpoints perfect for photos, with the view getting more spectacular as you walk along the ridge to the summit. Take in the unbelievable views across the mountain highlands of Sri Lanka, before you walk back down to finish the tour. Transfers are included to bring you to and from your hotel for the half day tour via tuk tuk. Water is provided for you, to keep you hydrated throughout the walk. Chose from a morning or afternoon start time. 

From Ella: Little Adam’s Peak and Nine Arches Bridge Hiking

4. From Ella: Little Adam’s Peak and Nine Arches Bridge Hiking

Start from pickup from a centrally located hotel in Ella. Begin a 2-hour round-trip hike up Little Adam’s Peak accompanied by a qualified guide sharing interesting information about tea plantations, and local fauna and flora. This mountain has an elevation of 1141 m above sea level and gets its name from its similarity of shape to the famous Adam’s Peak, the fifth tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Once you reach the summit, take in great panoramic views in the early morning. After returning to the base of the mountain, enjoy a refreshment drink with cookies while enjoying the sunrise on the rock. Take an approximately 40-minute walk through woodlands to the famous Nine Arches Bridge. This incredible historical viaduct built entirely from stone, bricks, and cement which was created in the times of British colonial rule in Sri Lanka. It spans a space of over 300 feet and has a height of approximately 100 feet. Walk along the railroad passing over the bridge, and listen to your hiking guide explaining the history and stories about Nine Arches. You can also get some excellent photographs at this spot. Continuing on you will hike another 40 minutes along the railroad until you reach the Demodara Railway Station. This station has a unique architectural design hailing from the British colonial era. The railway line loops back around to enter a tunnel running below the railway station. This spiral loop allows the trains to go through the same location twice. Here is where you will finish your hike.

Horton Plains National Park Tour & Scenic Train Ride

5. 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 to your hotel, arriving at approximately 4:30 PM.

Ella: 9 Arch bridge, Ella Rock, & Little Adam’s Peak Tour

6. Ella: 9 Arch bridge, Ella Rock, & Little Adam’s Peak Tour

Explore Ella, a tourist village paradise in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Visit this awesome mountain village, with its spectacular views and relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy relaxing walks through tea plantations, and memorable visits to temples and waterfalls. Get picked up from your hotel in the Ella area and enjoy a hike to Ella Rock. After some refreshments, depart for Nine Arches Bridge to see this interesting example of colonial engineering. After the bridge, take a hike up to Little Adam's Peak for some amazing views. Watch the sunset over the mountain before being dropped off back at your hotel.

From Colombo: 5-Day Private Wildlife Photography Tour

7. From Colombo: 5-Day Private Wildlife Photography Tour

Enjoy an action-packed photography tour through Sri Lanka's most famous wildlife sanctuaries, from Sinharaja Forest Reserve to Bundala National Park. Grab the chance to take photos of exotic animals and birds, while accompanied by a local guide. Relax knowing food and accommodation are taken care of. Day 1: Begin your adventure by getting picked up from Colombo, Galle, Bentota, Beruwala, Negombo, or Hikkaduwa. Relax, and enjoy the views in air-conditioned comfort as you head to the first stop, Sinharaja. After arrival in the late afternoon, follow your guide on a trekking tour in the Sinharaja Rainforest – one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. Photograph endless species of endemic flora and fauna. After a busy day of capturing shots of Sri Lankan nature, check in to the Sinharaja Rainforest Eco Lodge, located on a plot of land that was once used for tea cultivation. Spend the rest of your night at this sanctuary surrounded by lush forest, and get a good night’s sleep. Day 2: Wake up early and devour a continental breakfast while taking in the rainforest views. Get driven to Udawalawe and commence a game drive through Udawalawe National Park, one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see wild elephants. Take more wildlife photos. Once you’re feeling peckish, drive to Grand Udawalawe Hotel for lunch. After that, travel to Yala National Park and stay overnight at Leopard Nest for a luxury glamping experience at an environmentally friendly campsite. Day 3: Wake up early to freshly brewed Ceylon tea or coffee, then leave for a morning game drive in Yala National Park with your camera in tow. Look out for elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, crocodiles, and leopards, of which there are more per area than anywhere else in the world. Return from the morning trip to freshly squeezed juices from seasonal fruits followed by breakfast. After breakfast, take a nap on a hammock or check out some of the books about Sri Lankan wildlife conservation in the library. After lunch at the campsite, make your way to Bundala National Park, which is famous for its exotic migratory bird species. Explore marshes, lagoons, and sand dunes, and take photos of over 200 types of birds. Return to the Leopard Nest Campsite for another peaceful night’s rest. Day 4: Begin your day with another early start and Ceylon tea or coffee. Embark on a trek to a picturesque lake that offers breath-taking views and more bird-watching opportunities. Take photos of the abundant wildlife, including elephants, deers, palm squirrels, and wild boars. Eat breakfast at a private location by a lake while listening to the sound of singing birds and feeling the fresh breeze on your face. Afterward, explore the village and soak up the local atmosphere in the surrounding area. Return to the campsite for lunch. In the afternoon, start your game drive at Yala National Park and get another chance to photograph the leopards. Spend the evening at Leopard Nest Campsite reflecting on your past few days of adventure and marveling at the many photos you have taken of the experience. Day 5: After breakfast, get driven back to your hotel.

Ella: Hike to Little Adam’s Peak the Nine Arches Bridge

8. Ella: Hike to Little Adam’s Peak the Nine Arches Bridge

Take a guided hike to the top of Little Adam's peak to immerse yourself in the Sri Lankan countryside on this tour from Ella. Go to Nine Arches Bridge to walk across this stunning piece of history. Be picked up by your guide at your hotel in Ella. Travel to Little Adam's peak to climb to the top to marvel at views of green mountains and hills. Take in the serenity of wilderness, and try to spot some wildlife. Head to the Nine Arches Bridge. Listen to your guide as they tell you about the long history of this bridge. Learn from the riveting stories they tell you. Feel the thrill of following the railway across the bridge.

Sri Lanka: 4-Hour Guided Cycling Tour of Ella

9. Sri Lanka: 4-Hour Guided Cycling Tour of Ella

Your cycling adventure begins when you meet your guide at Ella Gap Hotel to get familiar with the bikes and learn some handy safety hints.  You’ll then cycle out across Demodara Nine Arch Bridge and veer off the main road into the wilderness. From here, you’ll ride through vast Sri Lankan paddy fields, pass by local tea plantations, and discover the native plants of a variety of regional spices.  Stop off to enjoy some refreshments at a nearby restaurant before heading back onto the main road and cycling onwards to Little Adam’s Peak, where you’ll take in spectacular views of the surrounding Ella countryside. Once you’ve cycled around 20 kilometers, you’ll find yourself back at your starting point, rejuvenated from all the fresh air and exercise ready for a well-deserved rest.

Sri Lanka: Ella Rock Private Guided Hike

10. Sri Lanka: Ella Rock Private Guided Hike

Explore Ella Rock and the striking surrounding landscape on a private guided hike. Watch the warm sun rise over the sprawling, lush countryside of Sri Lanka, beginning your day in the most idyllic way. Follow your local guide up to the peak, learning about the area and its rich biodiversity. You will be starting your Ella Rock Hike Tour at Ella Town. You will be met here by an experienced local trekker at 0600 hrs. He will then lead you through the countryside to the track using the best routes. The track up to the peak is quite clear. Once you reach it, you will be hiking up the slopes of Ella Rock. Some of the things to see on the way would be the tea plantations with the pluckers heading to work and the beautiful countryside. Once you reach the peak you will be greeted by a steep drop that affords you with breathtaking views. With the sun rising higher, the distant hills and rolling green valleys below will be especially beautiful. So don’t forget to bring your camera. After spending some time up on the top of Ella Rock, you will be hiking back to Ella Town. The entire hike, up to the peak and back down, will take you approximately five hours. You will be completing your Ella Rock Hike Tour at 1100 hrs, just in time for you to have a hearty breakfast.

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What people are saying about Uva Province

We had an amazing day! Started at 7.30am and began with a hike of Ella Rock. Wonderful views at the top but the highlight of the trip was our guide, Dinuka. His enthusiasm was infectious as he taught us a lot about the area and the nature around us. He was very thoughtful and brought us some tea to enjoy once we reached a second view point just off the top of Ella Rock. Amazing spots for pictures and to relax!

A great guide! Mega great knowledge about flora, animals, culture and history. Mega nice gentleman who has a lot of surprises during the trip. I heartily recommend! Great trip!

Jeewa was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgable about the different plants/animals when hiking up Ella rock. Really recommend this tour

Very nice tour with a nice guide who knew his stuff and explained a lot.

Excellent day. Guide was great. Would recommend this trip