Day 1: Colombo - Ella
Stop At: Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, Gotuwala, Ella 90090 Sri Lanka
Spanning 91 meters and 24 meters high, the architectural brilliance of Nine Arches Bridge stretches on the Demodara loop. The stunning nine arches generate a picturesque place surrounded by thick jungle and tea plantations. Also titled, Bridge in the Sky, because when you stand below the bridge and look up you can see the sky through the nine arches. Almost a century old, it was constructed in 1921 amidst picturesque foliage of the Hill country, and stands as a specimen of railway construction during the British colonial epoch. Due to the shortage of steel during World War II, the bridge was constructed solely using cement and stone bricks. Sunrise is a wonderful time to visit the bridge since the light of dawn across is nothing short of glorious. Also, it is less crowded which is ideal for great photography. Gather at the bridge an hour before a train is passing by which is a lovely spectacle; therefore it is essential to check the train schedules beforehand. However, it does require a great deal of caution to be on the bridge whilst a train is passing. Its architectural brilliance and scenic surrounding has rendered it a favorite tourist hotspot.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Demodara Loop, Demodara, Ella 90090 Sri Lanka
Popularly known as ‘Demodara loop’, the spiral railway is recognized as one of the most fascinating colonial railway civil engineering marvels in Sri Lanka. The need for its construction was to transport the production in tea estates in the Uva region down to Colombo. The Demodara Loop is where the track passes under itself, going around the loop and emerges from the no 42 tunnel. The Loop is 441 feet long. The station is situated exactly over the tunnel. Also that’s the centre of the crossing point of the loop. This type of loop is known as the ’spiral loop’ or ’circular loop’. It is also known as ‘Demodara looping the loop’. It is considered the only loop in the world with a railway station situated exactly over a tunnel at spiral loop. Among the better known loops are the Septemvri-Dobrinishte two tunnel loop in Bulgaria and the one tunnel Tehachapi Loop in California.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Ella Rock, Ella Main Street NECS-Nature Exploration and Conservation Society Sri Lanka, Ella 90090 Sri Lanka
Ella Rock is one of the must-sees in Ella, a place which is becoming increasingly touristy and even brands itself as a 'tourist town' (check out the signboards at the junction!). Offering panoramic views of the Ella Gap and Little Adam's Peak, the hike is an arduous upward climb. The climb is arduous and quite hard but the views at the top, as usual, are worth it. Once you finish your vertical climb, you reach a sort of plateau sprinkled with eucalyptus trees. Trekkers would love the place. Once you got to the summit you will realize why we said so. The panoramic views it provides with mist and cloud covering the area, especially in the early mornings and the late evenings are something you should witness and that would suffice enough to say that you visited Ella.
Duration: 3 hours
Stop At: Ravana Ella Falls, Ella-Wellawaya Road, Ella 90090 Sri Lanka
Ravana Falls is another must visit in Ella. Hill country of Sri Lanka is quite popular for beautiful waterfalls and Ravana Falls is right at the top. The falls are quite impressive, and you can climb over some of the rocks to get a closer look. If you love water and wanna have some splash time, enjoying some hours in the water fall, then this is the place in Ella. You can spend sometime swimming. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country. This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in high and cascade from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. The falls have been named after the legendary character Ravana, which is connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana.
Duration: 30 minutes
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at a 3-star Hotel in Ella
Day 2: Ella - Colombo
Stop At: Mini Adams Peak, Ella Sri Lanka
Little Adams Peak is located in the small mountain town of Ella, right in the heart of Sri Lanka. Hiking Little Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka is one of the most epic things to do in Ella. The peak can be hiked easily without a guide, as there is a marked path that leads you up the mountain, with plenty of signposts to show you the way.
You’ll see many other tourists walking the same path, which is a comforting sign when you’re doing a hike for the first time. The peak is not to be confused with Adam’s peak, which is a little way away and a considerably longer hike. It gets its name from Adam’s peak because this mountain replicates its shape, in a smaller form.
Duration: 4 hours
Stop At: Ravana's Cave, Wellawaya road Nature Exploration and conservation Society ,#37/2,kekunahena,opatha,Galle, Ella 90090 Sri Lanka
Ravana's Cave was used by King Rawana to hide the Princess Sita. It is also thought to be connected to the cave at the Dowa rock temple in Bandarawela (part of King Walagamba's famous 'tunnel network'). Archaeological findings include a human skull dating back to 20,000 BC. These tunnels prove beyond doubt the architectural brilliance of King Ravana. The tunnels served as a quick means of transport through the hills and also as a secret passage. They networked all the important cities, airports and dairy farms. A close look at these tunnels indicates that they are man-made and not natural formations. Existing tunnel mouths are also situated at Ishtripura in Welimada, Senapitiya in Halagala, Ramboda, Labookelle, Wariyapola in Matale, and Seetha Kotuwa in Hasalaka and in many more places. If you like to explore historical places in Sri Lanka and admire the Ravana History, then this is definitely a place to visit.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Diyaluma Falls, Colombo - Batticaloa Hwy, Koslanda 90190 Sri Lanka
Diyaluma falls were originally formed by Kirindi Oya, a river that starts near Bandarawela and flows through central Sri Lanka. Once you reach the first part of the waterfall, you will face a series of natural pools where you can take a swim, and even jump from one pool into a lower leveled pool. The foot of the Diyaluma Falls is located 1-hour away from Ella. This 220-meter high waterfall is the 2nd highest waterfall of Sri Lanka, has different levels and natural pools on the top. Water coming down with great force on the rocks is amazing to experience on the foot.
Duration: 1 hour
No accommodation included on this day.