General information about Ella
General information about Ella
Ella (Ella, Elle also) is a city in the province of Badulla in Central Sri Lanka, 200 kilometers from Colombo, 130 from Kandy and 50 from Nuwara Eliya (Ella on the map). Located on an altitude of 1040 meters above sea level, and along with Nuwara Elia is one of the most popular mountain resorts of the Central part of the island.
In fact, Ella is a small village, but it is so popular with tourists, mainly independent travelers that it formed an excellent tourist infrastructure, there are several hundred hotels, there are cafes, restaurants and even some entertainment for the tourists. But above all, Ella is visited because of the natural attractions around, many tourist routes in the mountains and hills, waterfalls, vantage points from which to enjoy the breathtaking views of mountains, tea plantations and even the ocean, which is 35 kilometers away.
Panorama in the vicinity of Ella
Stay in Ella
The rest is mostly quiet, no noisy entertainment and festivities till late. Tourists come here for a day or two to get to one or two adjacent peak, see waterfalls, visit the cave temple, walk along the railway tracks to the bridge of featuring free wifi. Rarely is retained longer. Also from Ella to visit the small towns of Haputale and Bandarawela, the capital of the province Badulla, and the national Park of Horton plains, although not the most comfortable starting point for the latter. One can also enjoy massage and SPA treatments according to ancient Ayurvedic recipes. The best spas and salons in Ella: Hela Osu Lanka Grand Suwapiyasa and Herbal Spa.
The tourist infrastructure in Ella
In Ella is all that is needed for tourists, but no frills. You will not find here any entertainments except those for which they come here – walk around the neighborhood. In the centre there is a Bank of Ceylon ATM, and a separate ATM HNB. The hotel will have Fi-Wi. Shopping in Ella is very modest, mostly tea shops and souvenir shops, supermarket. Cafes abound here, all located in the centre along the main street. Tours and guides are primarily available in hotels, private travel agencies is not enough. For travel to the attractions, you can rent a bike or scooter.
Hotels in Ella a lot, without problems can pick out the taste and price. Hotels are mostly simple, not above four stars. The only equivalent to five - star hotel option- private Villa Resort Nilara Ella, and affordable even for the budget traveler. It is better to book accommodation in advance so as not to waste time on. Read more about hotels in Ella here...
Weather in Ella, seasons, when to go
Ella is suitable for visiting all year round. It is a mountain resort, and here a little cooler than the beach resorts, but not as cold as it happens in Nuwara Eliya. Night temperature can drop to 15 degrees, so warm clothes will not prevent.
The wettest months are October and November. In these months can also be quite comfortable to relax in Ella, but there is a strong possibility that the beautiful scenery for which go to Ella, will be hidden by clouds and fog.
The tourist seasons in Ella months*
* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
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Current weather in Ella and forecast
Attractions in Ella
In most of the Ella there's nothing to see, all the interesting places are in the vicinity. The list of sights is not so great, but the fame of these places for some unknown reason, extends far beyond the borders of Sri Lanka. Historical and cultural attractions here, mostly natural beauty: the lookout, mountains, waterfalls, caves, tea plantations. Read more about the attractions and entertainment Ella here...
How to get to Ella
Ella can be reached independently from other cities and resorts of Sri Lanka by bus or train. Best reached by train, as the train route that goes to the city, is considered one of the most picturesque in the world. The bus to Ella with resorts to get a very long time, and have to go with multiple transfers, so the buses should go to Ella, only from the neighboring towns of center. Read more about all the ways to get Ella here...
- To explore the scenery from the height of Ella Rock or little Adam's Peak is best early in the morning as usual at 10 o'clock in the mountain clouds shrouded, visibility becomes poor.
- Ella is very common in such "wiring" of tourists: if we turn to locals for help in giving directions to sights, you almost certainly will point the wrong direction, you lost. And after you go local "guide" who will impose their escort services. So when Ella would not be amiss to take a paper map (you can print our map of Ella with sights) or to upload the email to the smartphone, and use it as a Navigator.
- Around Ella found many land leeches, they can "cling" to you while walking. If this happens, do not remove it mechanically or chemically, and best of all, wait until she drops off.