Could be the tiniest hotspot for tourism in Sri Lanka that woos them providing a minuscule pleasure for the eyes and leisure for the being wherever you stay and wherever you turn therefrom. The local dialect derivative of the name simply means waterfall but the place is far beyond it in that the natural environs near and far from it is absolutely mesmerizing! The gaps between mountains afar and in close proximity are much talked about as the splendor view with the expanse of the sky as the backdrop blue and grey colour ranges amidst these truly astound the beholders. As it is so, many places of stays for travellers are perched on strategic locations.
Ella is en route to Badulla, another important city up the hills but much lower than Nuwara Eliya and only a hundred feet above that of Kandy in elevation. It is situated between Bandarawela, a calm and green town in the plateau and Badulla. Climatically it is much warmer than the Tea Kingdom but yet the green surrounding, hills and waterfalls always exude with pleasant coolness. Generally the English refer to their dual weather change, hot n the day and cold in the night during summer. Obviously beautiful, the town though small, is the point of origin for many curious excursions particularly for treks up on mountain slopes.
Two such popular spots are the Bambaragala peak and the Ravana falls. While the former is climbed for the gorgeous 3600 view atop, one of the best in Sri Lanka. But on a hot day it is better to wear safety gear to combat the heat. The latter is supposed to be the widest waterfall in the Island but it is famed because of the legend that Ravana kept Sita, Ram’s wife after he abducted her, according to the Hindu myth namely Ramayana. Hence, the caves where she was hidden supposedly are known as named Ravana Ella Caves. Myths and Legends have made Sri Lankan mountains, caves, rivers and temples rather famous and historically important. The others are the Little Adam’s Peak and the Ella Rock, which too entice a trekker. Adjoining waterfalls are never to be missed for refreshing baths!
Then there is another fascinating piece of engineering skills by the British i.e. the Demodera Rail loop, a few km form Ella towards Badulla. Folktale in the area says that the idea birthed from the Turban of a tea estate supervisor, the twist and turn that is. An aerial view could explain why it is such a mastery. The train route comes over a tunnel that is burrowed thorough the mountain, and enters the tunnel underneath with an oval shaped track. Needless to say that the journey during those few minutes will be rather slow-paced while the passengers are treated with a breath-taking awe. What’s more? It moves on a 9-arched bridge! All these excitement is only 218 km form Colombo on a direct train journey to Badulla and could take only half-a-day.
Apart, Ella is more popular for backpackers as the lodges and motels are nestled in between trekking spots. The area is being developed further for such tourism with adequate supply of boarding conveniences and culinary delights. Rainfall could be higher during the latter part of the year and if it does not bother, Ella is a year-around ideal tourist destination among the hills.