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  • Sri Lanka: 4-Hour Guided Cycling Tour of Ella

    1. 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.

  • Mirissa or Galle: Transfer to Ella with Udawalawe Safari

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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. ...

  • Sri Lanka: 5-Hour Guided Tour of Ella Village

    6. Sri Lanka: 5-Hour Guided Tour of Ella Village

    Your Sri Lankan adventure begins when you’re picked up from your hotel and driven to a nearby village called Ella in either a van or the local transportation of choice, a Tuk-Tuk.  You'll then visit a Sri Lankan Chena farm where you’ll be welcomed by the owner with a drink before taking a farm tour to discover how things are done around here. Next, your expert guide will take you to the village lake for a relaxing canoe ride. Soak up the village’s natural beauty, admire the many birds and various native flora before arriving back at the chena hut to collect some fresh vegetables and prepare your own lunch, a traditional Sri Lankan village meal. After lunch, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel enjoying picturesque scenic views along the way.

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

    7. 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: Full-Day Udawalawe National Park Safari Tour

    8. From Ella: Full-Day Udawalawe National Park Safari Tour

    Meet your friendly driver at 9:00 AM at your hotel in Ella and begin your 5-hour journey to reach the beginning of your tour. Covering an area of 230,821 hectares, visit Udawalawe National Park and its thriving elephant population, including around 500 elephants. Discover the park's various other wildlife, with wild buffalo, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, sambhur, hare, mongoose, crocodiles and 30 species of snakes having been recorded. Three circuit bungalows are available at Seenuggala, Weheragolla, and Thimbiriyamankada, and two campsites are at Weheramankada and Pransadara. 50 species of butterflies and many species of birds are also found in the park. After the thrill of your safari tour, take some time to enjoy an authentic lunch from a local hotel in Udawalawe. At the conclusion of your thrilling safari day, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Ella.

  • From Ella: Full-Day Yala National Park Safari Tour

    9. From Ella: Full-Day Yala National Park Safari Tour

    Visit Ruhunu National Park and explore its 126,786 hectares including the Strict Natural Reserve (Block II). The most familiar is Block I, established in 1938. Yala is famous for its big herds and large number of elephants, leopards, spotted deer, sambhur, crocodiles, mongoose, wild boar, wild buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species are recorded, including the resident and winter visitors. Head to the National Park to take an afternoon safari around 1:00 PM, as the time of day when you can see leopards and sloth bears emerge out of the shady jungle and roam around. Head to great spots for birdwatchers. The water holes and tanks are a birdwatcher's paradise, offering the chance to see the famous peacock dance. For wildlife lovers, Yala is a must see site in Sri Lanka. Once you've finished your tour, return back to your hotel in Ella.

  • Sri Lanka: 1-Hour Mega Zip Line Adventure in Ella

    10. Sri Lanka: 1-Hour Mega Zip Line Adventure in Ella

    Your guide will pick you up at 98 Adventure Park, Ella. The equipment will be provided, as will be your instructor and support crew. Cocooned within Sri Lanka’s Badulla District is an inviting haven, filled with an abundance of natural beauty and a cool climate.  Ziplining here is one of the best things to do in Ella, home to an abundance of breathtaking backdrops. Ella allows both the laidback as well as the curious at heart to voyage through some of Sri Lanka’s most cherished destinations.  Situated 3,415 ft. above sea level and 200 kilometers east of the capital of Colombo, this cozy hamlet offers numerous floral and faunal species coupled with towering mountain ranges and scenic waterfalls. Get a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful hills of the island.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 29 reviews

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.