Among the many beautiful cities & villages of the Central Province, Ella is another special one which is famous for its most amazing views of the surrounding mountain area. It is situated along the main road from Colombo to Badulla and is more than 200 km away from the capital. If you plan to visit Bandarawela, it’ll be good to remember that Ella is only 8 km away from Bandarawela town, so as not to miss its wondrous beauty.
Ella village is being cuddled in a valley which gazes at the coast across the plains 1000 m below through the Ella Gap. On a clear night, you can even see the lights of the Great Basses Reef lighthouse which is near the Yala National Park. The garden of the Grand Ella Motel and the wide doorway of the Ambiente Hotel are recommended places for those who wish to capture the very best of the views of Ella. You can also obtain relaxing walks around the vicinity, passing temples, waterfalls and tea plantations along the way.
For those who are looking for more excitement, thrilling trails that spirals in the beautiful mountain range are available for trekking expeditions. And there is the Ella Adventure Park which is located along the Ella-Wellawaya road for those who would like a taste of real tropical wilderness at its best. Camping, trekking and rock climbing are some of the activities that the park offers. You can even lodge in one of the Jungle Chalets they have and enjoy the wilderness comfortably, as close as you want.