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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.

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

2. 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.

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. 

Horton Plains National Park Tour & Scenic Train Ride

4. 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.

Sri Lanka: 4-Hour Guided Cycling Tour of Ella

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Uva Province

Our guide was very courteous and helpful. Although he didn't speak perfect English, he still told us the most important facts about Little Adam's Peak, etc. He took photos of us at the most important spots. When hiking itself, he always checked on us and adapted to our speed. All over we were able to discover and experience all the interesting things in Ella in just a few hours! Clear recommendation from us!

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

Excellent day. Guide was great. Would recommend this trip