Ella has become one of major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.
A near-perfect-location for the nature loving and adventurous; the picturesque valley of Ella offers spectacular views of the southern mountains and highlands. Famed for the main nature trails that lead through it, Ella provides first-rate hiking opportunities, regardless of how experienced you are. It also features Ravana falls which is one of the main waterfalls in the island, Mini Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock. But apart from that Ella’s small attractions hidden gem keep people more attracted to Ella, One of those are the Nine Arch Bridge. Just a little bit of hint – on a clear night, you can see the Great Basses lighthouse with its commanding posture and that is a view that shouldn’t be missed.
The Nine Arch Bridge is built by British rulers at the time of colonial era. With its beautiful nine arches located between Ella and Demodara station is one of places that you surely want to visit when in Ella. The train ride in the highlands with the Kandy to Ella train is named as one of the most beautiful train rides in the world.
Looking forward to a high altitude trek that promises to take you to one of the most stunning destinations in Sri Lanka; then Horton’s Plain is a ‘must’ in your travel itinerary.
Everything is so picture perfect here your photography skills will certainly be put to the test. Ramble through the mist covered grasslands, patches of evergreen forests and cloud forests interspersed with fresh water streams and mist covered swamps. The only sound to be heard is that of water gushing, bird singing and the wind blowing wildly through the trees… it’s nothing short of perfect peace and total bliss.
For those with endurance, Sri Lanka’s second highest mountain, Kirigalpottha and third highest Totupola Kanda are waiting to be explored.
This UNESCO designated Natural World Heritage site, being a biodiversity hotspot is one of the best places to observe nearly 750 species of plants, 24 species of mammals, 87 species of birds, 09 species of reptiles and 08 species of amphibians.
However the key attraction at Horton Plains is a sheer precipice with an 870m (2,854 ft) drop called “World’s End” – from where one can see the world stretch out to all eternity and the Baker’s fall, known as one Sri Lanka’s most beautiful waterfalls with its water pounding down a 20m (66ft) high stone slab.
Situated in the central highlands of the island, Nuwara Eliya is also known as “Little England” due to the cold climate, endless gardens of flowers and strawberries along with vegetables, and colonial style buildings and holiday homes. Some old brick buildings like the charming post office and country retreats like the hill club are reminders of the colonial days gone by. The salubrious climes are a contrast from the humid heat in the lowlands. The breathtaking views of the valleys, and mountain ranges as well as the lush greenery make Nuwara Eliya on of the most visited places by local and foreign tourists alike.
One of the picturesque attractions of the town is Lake Gregory, which his located close to the town, nestled at the bottom of small hills. A leisurely walk around or boat ride in the lake are some of the popular activities at Lake Gregory. Lake Gregory was fashioned under orders of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873.
A visit to the Victoria Park is also worthwhile, which is situated at the center of the town, and is one of the best maintained town parks in South Asia. A leisurely stroll around its beautifully manicured gardens is always a pleasure. The park comes alive with an abundance of blossoming flowers around the period of March to May, as well as August and September. It is also one of the best places in the hill country to see some rare species of birds. From the Kashmir Flycatcher to the Velvet Fronted Nuthatch.
For nature lovers a visit to the Galway’s would be quite refreshing. This small forest patch is a lovely location to enjoy the highland nature and wildlife.
Approximately 115kms away from Colombo, Kandy is a complete contrast to your tropical climate due to its altitude of 500m. The richness of the area speaks louder than all the other wonderful aspects of Kandy, being circled by blue hills, colored by the lush foliage and nurtured by fountain pure water of rivers.
While the city thrives on the sheer beauty of the area, it is also renowned for the majestic history associated with city of Kandy, which served as the last capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom. With a tremendous effort that nearly took British 03 centuries to conquer, defying Portuguese and Dutch, in the year 1815 the ever imposing capital finally surrendered. Since Kandy was the last capital during Sinhalese Kingdom it has now become the blessed home for the focal point of Buddhism “The Temple of the Tooth Relic”.(Owning the tooth relic was one of the prerequisites to become the King of Sri Lanka)
Thus preserving the aura of an age old royal elegance and a breath-taking natural beauty Kandy promises to offer you more than what you’ve bargained for.