Travel Guide to Ella

Indian Embassy in Ella

Indian Embassy nearest to Ella is located at
36-38, A2, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 112 327 587

Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Ella

  • Original passport
  • Copy of the first and the last page of the passport
  • Confirmed air tickets
  • Day-to-day itinerary

Time required: 1-2 working days

About Ella

A very small town located in the Badulla District, Ella is situated in the Uva Province in Sri Lanka. Ella is located nearly 200kms away from the commercial hub of the country, Colombo. It is located nearly 3500ft above sea level and considered as one of the most popular tourist destinations. Most of the area is covered by dense green forest, and the town has a collection of beautiful flora and fauna. Surrounded by hills and forests, it offers one of the best views in Sri Lanka. The elevation of the district makes it even more attractive for tourists. There are a lot of things to do in Ella that you can get involved in once you decide to visit this beautiful district in Sri Lanka.

Places to visit in Ella

Ravana Falls- This popular sightseeing spot in Sri Lanka is located in Ella. The height of the waterfall is approximately 25 m and makes an oval shape. The flow of the water depends on the season. During the dry season, the amount of water that flows in the waterfall reduces while in the monsoon season the waterfall looks absolutely different and beautiful. The fall has been named after the famous mytho-historic character Ravana. According to the myths, Ravana after kidnaping Sita had kept her in a cave behind this waterfall. On your visit to the waterfall do not miss to visit this cave.

Ella Rock- Another famous tourist hub in the country is Ella Rock located in the district of Ella. This rock can look challenging in the beginning, but when you finish the climb, then the reward you get is absolutely worth the struggle. The locals can be great guides while you hike in the area. The hiking experience will be really memorable and exciting once you decide to hike here.

Dhowa Rock Temple- This famous site in the country is a protected area. The Dhowa rock temple is located in the central mountains of the district of Ella. The major attraction of this temple is the unfinished Buddha sculpture that was carved into a rock. Apart from the incomplete Buddha image, there are other paintings and sculpture inscribed inside the temple.

Porawagala – Located in the Banderawala area of Sri Lanka, Porawagala is another destination for tourists. The place offers different sizes and shapes of rocks, and once you climb the rock, you will get to see the entire city of Ella. You will just fall in love with the view that the place offers. You should not miss being a part of this fabulous experience of visiting Porawagala in Ella.

Ella's point of interest includes other important and famous places too. But Ella is a small place can be visited in a day or two.

How to Reach Ella

By Plane

Ella Airport can be used in case you are travelling via flight. Although this airport is not as huge as other airports in Sri Lanka, yet you can get flights from all cities/ countries. Colombo airport can also be an option while you want to visit Ella. Taxi service is available from the airport that connects you very well with the other part of the city.

By Train

Ella railway station is ranked as 75th on the Main Line. The station is nearly 230km from Colombo. There is only one platform in the station, and hence all trains have to stop at this station.

By Road

The Colombo Badulla Road or the A 16 highway is the names of the roads that are connected to Ella.

Travelling within Ella

There are many tourist places in Ella, and hence you should know how to get around in the city. The major mode of transportation within the city can be self-driven tuk-tuk hire. Hiring and driving you own tuk-tuk can be one the best ways in which you must travel in Ella. There are many tuk-tuk rentals in Sri Lanka which can be helpful during your visit to the place.

Best Time to Visit

The Best time and season to visit Ella is from January to September. The warmest months include January to November, but the weather detreats during October to November hence it is advisable not to visit Ella during this two months. Monsoon in Ella comes in April, October, November and December. Hence you must take avid the months of October and November as you will experience both rain and warmness on the same day. The famous places in Ella are opened throughout, and you do not need any best season for visiting those.

What to Pack?

You must pack your bag for Ella according to the season you are visiting. If you are visiting in the hot sunny days, then you must carry fully covered clothes, umbrella, sunscreens, caps and so on. If you are travelling during the monsoon, then you must keep some warm clothes, as well as monsoons, decrease the temperature. You must carry your sports shoes as visiting Ella can lead to some hiking expeditions.

Top Delicacies

The food that you must try in Ella includes Sri Lankan food as well as western food. Almond pesto sprouts, Smoky Bacon, Mexican style potato skins are some of the items that you must try while your visit to Ella.

Indian Restaurants in Ella

  • Rawana Holiday Resortat Wemullahena, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka. Serves Indian, Asian, & Sri Lankan cuisine. Call the restaurant at +94 572 228 794
  • Ella's Edge Restaurantat Wellawaya Road, Ella | Ella's Edge Resort, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka. Serves, Indian, Italian, and Asian cuisine. Call the restaurant at +94 77 393 0455
  • Home town restaurantat no,17 Ella Town, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka, Serves Sri Lankan and Indian cuisine. Call the restaurant at +94 71 292 4507

Shopping List Essentials

Tea is very famous in Ella hence you must go for tea shopping while you visit Ella. Ella also has a collection of fashion boutiques that offers some of the best clothing that Ella can offer. Street shopping is also famous in Ella hence you can definitely try for street shopping at a reasonable price in Ella.

Healthcare Centres

Medical emergency can arise at any point of time during your trip. Hence, you should always be ready with a travel insurance to secure your expenses.

  • Mohotti Private Hospital
  • Medi House Channeling Centre, General Hospital are some of the public and private hospitals located in Ella.

Emergency Contact Numbers

  • Police Emergency Hotline: 118 / 119
  • Ambulance / Fire & rescue: 110
  • Accident Service-General Hospital: 011-2691111
  • Tourist Police: 011-2421052

Currency

The rupee is the currency of Ella.

Local Do’s & Don’ts

Do’s

  • Carry insect repellent
  • Leave your valuables in the hotel safe

Don’ts

  • Don't drink the tap water
  • Don’t take a selfie with Buddha
  • Don’t wear shorts in public

Basis of local communication

The local language used by most Sri Lankan are Tamil and Sinhalese, but as there are many tourists in Sri Lanka nowadays, all the districts and cities of this country have started speaking in Hindi and English. But as you should know the local language here goes a guide to some of the majorly used phrases.

English Sinhalese
Good Morning subha udǣsanak
My Name is magē nama
Where is Koheda
Yes Ov
No næta
Please karuṇākara
Sorry amāvanna
How much is this? meya kīya da

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