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Arrival in Ella

Day 1

Arrival in Ella

To get to Ella you’ll take a scenic train ride from Nuwara Eliya, through rolling, green countryside. It’s usually around 3-4 hours, and is often referred to as the most beautiful train journey in Sri Lanka. You can upgrade locally and fairly cheaply if you’d like to, but otherwise you’ll have a standard ticket and will be travelling alongside the locals. It’s a really nice insight into everyday Sri Lankan life. When you arrive at Ella station, you’ll see your driver giving you a wave on the platform to take you to your hotel, where you can leave your bags and take a stroll around the village as the evening draws in.

View at the valley from the balcony

Days 2-3

Exploring the Hill-Country

This morning you’ll wake up to the endless mountain views that surround you. After breakfast, we’d recommend setting off to explore on foot, and we’ll arrange a route-map and a packed lunch for you. It’s totally up to you where you’d like to go today, and the area is full of bright green tea plantations, remote villages and hidden waterfalls.

One of the more famous sites is Little Adam’s Peak, which is around 2 hours walk and affords some excellent views of the valley. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you could climb Ella Rock instead. This is a more challenging trek where you’ll walk for about 4 hours through winding jungle trails to reach the top. As evening draws in you can return to Ella to refuel in one of the many restaurants and cafes in the village.

Sunrise over the valley in Ella

Day 3

Departure from Ella

The next day you’ll take in the breathtaking views of Ella one last time, before it’s time to wave goodbye as you head onwards with your driver to your next destination.

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