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  • ManchesterAlbion
    824 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tough walk but great views and a fantastic hidden temple at the top
    This is a great experience but you probably need a local or guide unless you are very good at finding your own way. Fabulous views, but quite an energetic walk. Much tougher than I expected, so you need full mobility. Having said that, definitely one of the best things to do in Ella. Don’t miss the hidden temple at the top!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Judith
    Freiberg, Germany78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You have to pay an entrance fee now
    We hiked up the quiet back trails from the railway and ended up in front of a big sign indicating that we have to pay an entrance fee to get to the viewpoints. Which the views are night but: Wow… again foreigners pay way more than locals. Cannot say if it’s worth. We talked with the guards what the money is used for and they said for example tending to the forest. Later we passed two dead trees that for safety reasons should better be cut dow. In retrospect I would say it’s better to go up Little Adams peak as long as this one’s still free.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Veska8
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ella rock walk.
    Great walk, follow the path to the top for a wonderful view. Locals may offer to help you find the route if you get lost, but will ask for some money after. Make sure you see both view points. Beware of leeches If raining wear long trousers if needed.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 November 2023
  • missjiminycricket
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the effort!
    Incredible views and walk, one of the best things I have done in Sri Lanka, would recommend as not only is the viewpoint incredible but the walk itself is insane walking along the railtrack, through vegetable and tea fields, jungle areas and forest, took 4 hours with rests and pictures, the effort is worth it! (i walk a decent amount but for non regular walkers would still recommend, plenty of places to stop along the way if willing to give the time!) :)
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 December 2023
  • Lonely Laowai
    174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heads up: tickets mandatory, guide recommended
    I got a rad guide from the Ella New Green View, older dude named Kumara. I can definitely get the appeal of doing a hike on your own, but I’m glad I didn’t. We helped more than a couple lost travelers hunched over their phones in the jungle at four thirty AM, my man Kumara actually leading a small troupe at one point. The sunset is amazing, and you will have to pay a ticket, about 1000 LKR as of the time of his review. Get a guide, do the hike, definitely worth it.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 February 2024
  • Sajjjers
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s a must do in Ella!
    A sunrise hike to Ella Rock is well worth the visit. We were unsure if it was worth getting a tour guide at first - but I’m so glad we did, I don’t think I would have felt comfortable hiking in the dark without one and it meant that we stayed on the right track and made it to the top for the sunrise. Our guide was organised by our hotel. We started the hike at the railway track and made it to the top in about an hour and a half. The climb itself is manageable but suitably challenging, although we might have felt that more because we were pushing ourselves to get to the top in time! At the top you have to pay a small environmental fee and there are toilets nearby. When you see the sun rise it is so worth it, you are surrounded by mountains and the view is breathtaking. We were pleasantly surprised there were only about 6 other people at the top so we could really enjoy the tranquility of it all. The walk back down stunning, through beautiful trees and tea plantations. If I ever visited Ella again I wouldn’t think twice about doing this again. Loved it.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 March 2024
  • B M
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely views!
    Incredible views and lovely hike. If you are anyway fit from doing gym or spin classes, you will find this walk easy. Steep incline for the last 20 mins but otherwise fairly easy. Other reviews are accurate, so watch out for people telling you to go on longer routed, so use Google maps. If going from Kitha Station drop off point, walk about 300 yards, past a little cafe and take a left, left again where the river is on your right. Walk down and turn right over the bridge and it splits into straight ahead or to the left a quick steep incline. Take the left, it's a shorter more direct route and no chance of leeches. This left turning is after the bridge almost look like you are going up in between a hedge and walk straight and follow Google maps.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 April 2024
  • HayesNZ
    Thames, New Zealand106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent- but beware of scamming locals
    Great walk and fantastic view. Beware of "friendly locals" who scam you. See my pictures - don't get tricked into taking the path that has a fake arrow and sign on the rail tracks, just over the rail bridge and beside a small shrine (it does go to a waterfall) - that path has a few diverging paths which the "friendly locals" then rescue you from being lost then expect you to pay for the privilege. Instead, stay on the rail tracks for about 5 mins of walking past the little train station. Then stay on the main path. You will come to a fork where there is a sign advising how much it costs at the top (viewing location), stay left at that sign, then follow the path from there.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 May 2024
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Passenger63159819094
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Sad to say we were scammed by farming locals here as we tried to enjoy the half day hike to Ella Rock. Signs have been either tampered with or made up as part of a fairly devious network of locals which fooled nearly all the tourists we met. Do not accept any help or direction from locals. We were seemingly helpfully pointed down a track by locals and the ruse was then taken over by a local lady who continued to send us the wrong way then "rescued" us, "guided" us and then stopped on the track and demanded money. Nearly everyone we met (15 to 20 singles, couples, groups) had experienced the same by a scarily large network of local people. The rip offs ranged from. 500 to 5000 Lkr and made for an uneasy, unpleasant day. Be sure of your route, use GPS or a testable trail app and do not trust the signage or locals. Apart from the scam it's a great half day hike. You have to pay 950 rs cash only for the last 50 ms to see the view. The reality of travel.
Written 7 May 2024
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HayesNZ
Thames, New Zealand106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Great walk and fantastic view. Beware of "friendly locals" who scam you. See my pictures - don't get tricked into taking the path that has a fake arrow and sign on the rail tracks, just over the rail bridge and beside a small shrine (it does go to a waterfall) - that path has a few diverging paths which the "friendly locals" then rescue you from being lost then expect you to pay for the privilege. Instead, stay on the rail tracks for about 5 mins of walking past the little train station. Then stay on the main path. You will come to a fork where there is a sign advising how much it costs at the top (viewing location), stay left at that sign, then follow the path from there.
Written 3 May 2024
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B M
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Incredible views and lovely hike. If you are anyway fit from doing gym or spin classes, you will find this walk easy. Steep incline for the last 20 mins but otherwise fairly easy. Other reviews are accurate, so watch out for people telling you to go on longer routed, so use Google maps.

If going from Kitha Station drop off point, walk about 300 yards, past a little cafe and take a left, left again where the river is on your right.
Walk down and turn right over the bridge and it splits into straight ahead or to the left a quick steep incline. Take the left, it's a shorter more direct route and no chance of leeches. This left turning is after the bridge almost look like you are going up in between a hedge and walk straight and follow Google maps.
Written 26 April 2024
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Sajjjers
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A sunrise hike to Ella Rock is well worth the visit. We were unsure if it was worth getting a tour guide at first - but I’m so glad we did, I don’t think I would have felt comfortable hiking in the dark without one and it meant that we stayed on the right track and made it to the top for the sunrise. Our guide was organised by our hotel. We started the hike at the railway track and made it to the top in about an hour and a half. The climb itself is manageable but suitably challenging, although we might have felt that more because we were pushing ourselves to get to the top in time! At the top you have to pay a small environmental fee and there are toilets nearby. When you see the sun rise it is so worth it, you are surrounded by mountains and the view is breathtaking. We were pleasantly surprised there were only about 6 other people at the top so we could really enjoy the tranquility of it all. The walk back down stunning, through beautiful trees and tea plantations. If I ever visited Ella again I wouldn’t think twice about doing this again. Loved it.
Written 15 March 2024
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shiran de silva
Mackay, Australia25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Climbing ella rock was a majical experiance
I used travel monkey as my guide
stayed at the flower garden hotel - great place
Written 6 March 2024
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Lonely Laowai
174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I got a rad guide from the Ella New Green View, older dude named Kumara.

I can definitely get the appeal of doing a hike on your own, but I’m glad I didn’t. We helped more than a couple lost travelers hunched over their phones in the jungle at four thirty AM, my man Kumara actually leading a small troupe at one point.

The sunset is amazing, and you will have to pay a ticket, about 1000 LKR as of the time of his review.

Get a guide, do the hike, definitely worth it.
Written 14 February 2024
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Vimukthi
Bandarawela, Sri Lanka18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
It was great. Trees were amazing. Also there are two view points. I loved the second one because not many people know about it.
Written 20 January 2024
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anna2501
Scena, Italy10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Beware of scams. Locals will mislead you on purpose and then later force you to have a tour. Don’t trust the “farmers” or people on the train tracks, they all work together. Walk until the train station - then take the path up there. It’s a pity because the landscape is nice. Don’t recommend going there in the first place. I’m sure a less popular hike is just as nice.
Written 31 December 2023
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missjiminycricket
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Incredible views and walk, one of the best things I have done in Sri Lanka, would recommend as not only is the viewpoint incredible but the walk itself is insane walking along the railtrack, through vegetable and tea fields, jungle areas and forest, took 4 hours with rests and pictures, the effort is worth it! (i walk a decent amount but for non regular walkers would still recommend, plenty of places to stop along the way if willing to give the time!) :)
Written 10 December 2023
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Veska8
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great walk, follow the path to the top for a wonderful view. Locals may offer to help you find the route if you get lost, but will ask for some money after.
Make sure you see both view points.
Beware of leeches If raining wear long trousers if needed.
Written 16 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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