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Ella Rock & 9 Arch Bridge, Little Adams Peak with Transfer

1. Ella Rock & 9 Arch Bridge, Little Adams Peak with Transfer

Enjoy the convenience of being picked from your accommodations in either Ella, Bandarawella, Haputale, or Wellawaya via tuk-tuk. Begin your tour with an early morning hike to the famous cliff, Ella Rock. Along the way, you’ll journey through tranquil woodlands and tea plantations. Walk alongside the iconic Sri Lankan railroad. Once you’ve reached Ella Rock, you’ll be able to enjoy amazing panoramic views. Hike down from Ella Rock to Nine Arches Bridge, a picturesque bridge which connects the Ella and Demodara railway stations. The bridge consists of 9 arches, which offer a harmonious sense of geometry against the lush green growth of the countryside. The bridge is made exclusively from rock, brick, and cement, and doesn’t use any steel. Stand underneath the bridge and look out into the beautiful “9 skies” framed by the 9 arches. Walk across the bridge and learn about its history from your knowledgable guide as you take in the surroundings. Sit down for lunch at a local restaurant before going for an afternoon hike to Little Adam’s Peak, Ella’s most well-known attraction. Enjoy an easy and gradual climb to the peak. Once there, take in a spectacular view of the Ella Gap. Walk through lush green tea plantations and paddy fields. See local people plucking and collecting tea leaves. Gaze over the valley into the island’s central highlands. Take a refreshing swig of complimentary bottled water. Your tour ends as you are returned to your hotel via tuk-tuk.

Ella: Private Ella Rock Sunrise Hike

2. Ella: Private Ella Rock Sunrise Hike

Begin your day with a hike up Ella Rock. Reach the viewpoint and be rewarded by stunning scenes of the rolling mountain landscape and mesmerizing clouds or sun rays. Meet your guide at your hotel or pre-arranged meeting point in the early morning. Hop in the tuk tuk and head towards the starting point of the hike. Climb up Ella Rock and by the time the first light appears in the sky, you will be at its top. Make your way to various points to see the surrounding landscape of the city, mountains, and valleys from different angles, each providing a memorable view on its own. Admire the lush greenery amongst the light of the rising sun or feel at peace with the blanketing clouds depending on the weather conditions for that day. After embracing and capturing your time spent at the top of Ella Rock, hike back down and return to your drop-off location.

Ella: Tea Factory, Train, and Nine arch Day Tour with Pickup

3. Ella: Tea Factory, Train, and Nine arch Day Tour with Pickup

Explore surging waterfalls and breathtaking vistas on a day trip to Ella from pickup locations including Colombo, Kalutara, Negombo, and more. Visit Ravana Waterfall, Nine Arch Bridge, and Ravana Pool Club. Hike to Little Adam's Peak and soar through the sky on a zip line. Arrive at the Ravana Waterfall, an iconic sight ranked among the country's most popular attractions. Witness cascading water amidst lush surroundings, then arrive in Ella, a charming town nestled amidst one-of-a-kind scenery. Next, visit the Nine Arch Bridge, an architectural marvel dating back to colonial times. Travel to a bygone era as you stroll along the bridge's elegant arches surrounded by greenery. For awe-inspiring panoramic views, ascend Little Adams Peak on a 45-minute hike. The journey may be a bit of a challenge, but the reward of the views that await is worthwhile. As hunger beckons, indulge in a lunch at the renowned 98 Acres Resort & Spa (costs not included). Nestled among scenic tea estates, this elegant retreat offers not only delightful cuisine but also a moment of tranquility amid nature's embrace. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, get ready to experience the thrill of a lifetime on the Flying Ravana Mega Ziplinne. Feel an unparalleled sense of adventure coursing through your veins as you fly through the sky. The journey wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Halpewaththa Tea Factory. Savor freshly brewed tea while taking in the beauty of the area, feeling a deep connection to Sri Lanka's rich tea heritage. To add a touch of relaxation, end your day with time to unwind at the Ravana Pool Club.

All-Inclusive Ella 5 Icons Day Tour

4. All-Inclusive Ella 5 Icons Day Tour

Discover Ella, a small village paradise in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, on this guided tour. Take in the spectacular views and relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy a relaxing walk through tea plantations and a memorable visit to amazing view point and waterfalls. Start your tour with a pickup from your hotel in the Ella area. Take a hike to Ella Rock and, after some refreshments, depart for the Nine Arches Bridge to see an interesting example of colonial engineering. After visiting the bridge, visit the Demodara Loop and Rawana waterfalls. After the falls, take a hike up to Little Adam's Peak for some amazing views. Watch the sunset over the mountain before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Sunrise Hike to Ella Rock

5. Sunrise Hike to Ella Rock

We will start this hiking from Ella town at 3:30 in the morning. We will walk along a railway for 1 km and will start hiking from that point on. Sunrise will happen around 6 and it's so beautiful before that time. Hike doesn't take 1:40h, we will take some brakes along the way. To catch a breath, To have a sip of water, listen to the sounds coming from the nature, to capture the moment (ELLA EXCURSIONS TOURS has an eye for photography) and to look up to the sky searching for shooting stars. Once we reach to the top you can just sit and relax, try some yoga or meditation while waiting for the sunrise. I will never rush you to leave the place. So when you have enough of it, we will come back in the same way. Will stop by at Kithalella waterfall. (not a big deal not a place to swim or shower) and then we will get back to Ella town around 8.00 am or 9.00 am.

Nuwara Eliya: Ella & Little Adam's Peak All-Inclusive Tour

6. Nuwara Eliya: Ella & Little Adam's Peak All-Inclusive Tour

Embark on a full day tour to Ella, a famous mountain village known for its stunning views. Witness the incredible panorama at Ella Gap from the top of Ella Rock or Little Adams peak. Take an easy going walk through tea plantations to temples, waterfalls, and viewpoints as you learn all about the natural beauty of Ella.  Start the day by being picked up at 7 AM from your hotel in the Nuwara Eliya where you will be transferred to Ella. At 8:30 AM, start your day from Ella Rock where you will embark on a relaxing hike through tranquil woodland and tea plantations. Take a slightly more challenging than the climb to Little Adam's Peak to admire the amazing panoramic views in the morning light. At around 10:30 AM, climb down from Ella Rock and take a tuk-tuk to visit Nine Arch Bridge, one of the most iconic bridges in Sri Lanka, located in Demodara, between the Ella and Demodara railway stations. This massive bridge has been built entirely of solid rocks, bricks, and cement without using a single piece of steel. When one stands underneath it and looks up there is a beautiful sight of ‘nine skies’ through the nine arches, hence its name. At 1 PM, stop for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, begin the next hike up to Little Adam’s peak. This is Ella’s best-known tourist attraction, named after the sacred Adams Peak (Sri Pada –where the footprint of Lord Buddha is preserved) regarding the similarity between the 2 mountains. Start the hike gradually with an easy walk up to the mountain of Little Adams Peak, with marvelous views of Ella Gap. Admire the workers plucking and collecting tea leaves as you hike through lush green tea plantations, and paddy fields while enjoying the scenery. By the end of the tour, by around 5:30 PM you will be transferred back to your Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Nanu Oya to Ella: An Unforgettable Journey Through The Hills

7. Nanu Oya to Ella: An Unforgettable Journey Through The Hills

The train ride from Nana-Oya to Ella in Sri Lanka is considered one of the most picturesque and scenic journeys in the world. The famed Sri Lankan Hill Country Railway, which includes the route, is well-known for its breathtaking scenery, tea plantations, and verdant surroundings. The train starts its journey over the gorgeous hill terrain as soon as it leaves Nana-Oya, a little hamlet in Sri Lanka's central highlands. The ride offers panoramic vistas of tea farms and tumbling waterfalls as it passes through foggy mountains, deep valleys, and quaint tiny villages. The train passes through a lot of tunnels and bends as it steadily gains height, giving passengers amazing vantage positions from which to take in the natural beauty of the landscape. As you move over the rolling terrain, the view changes frequently, making the journey a genuinely enchanted one. Passing through the Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, a spectacular architectural wonder, is one of the trip's highlights. Photographers and visitors love the picturesque view that is created when the train over this famous bridge that is tucked away among the lush vegetation. You can observe Sri Lankan rural life as you travel for around two hours as you see people going about their everyday lives in the countryside. The train frequently makes brief stops at smaller communities along the route, giving passengers the chance to learn about the people and culture and mingle with the welcoming locals. You are welcomed by breathtaking views of the Ella Gap, a vast valley flanked by mist-covered mountains, as the train arrives in Ella, a lovely hillside community. The relaxed atmosphere, hiking options, and tea plantations in Ella are well-known. It is the ideal starting point for exploring the neighborhood and visiting well-known sites like Little Adam's Peak and Ella Rock. Travelers seeking natural beauty and cultural immersion will find the train excursion from Nana-Oya to Ella to be an enthralling journey through the gorgeous landscapes of Sri Lanka's Hill Country.

Ella Rock Hiking Tours

8. Ella Rock Hiking Tours

If you love living green, then Ella is obviously a place to visit. Ella Rock is one of the place which proves it. Trekkers would love the place. It’s bit tiring to do the hiking. But it is definitely worth it. 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. Total time for climbing up and down is 4 hours. Yes, sounds like a long journey. But the way up there is with full of diversity. If you are starting form Ella train station, you would enjoy the rail walk, and soon as you started climbing up, you will be passing a waterfall, the rubber tree forest and tea plantations. On a rainy day, it can be slippery, so better be cautious with what you wear for the journey. Wear something suitable for a hiking and towards the end of the hike,.still manageable.

Ella :- Little Adam’s Peak , Ella Rock & 9 Arch Bridge Tour

9. Ella :- Little Adam’s Peak , Ella Rock & 9 Arch Bridge Tour

Start from pickup from a centrally located hotel in Ella,Haputhale,Bandarawela. Start your day with a pick-up from your hotel in Ella and embark on a memorable tour of the area. One of the highlights is the Ella Rock Hike, renowned for its breathtaking views. Considered one of the world's top treks, the journey to Ella Rock offers unrivaled vistas of lush hillsides, taking approximately 2 hours to reach the peak. The trail winds through peaceful woodlands and tea plantations, adding to the charm of the experience. After the hike, savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before continuing your exploration. Next, hop on a Tuk-Tuk to explore the iconic Nine Arch Bridge. Located a short distance from Ella's main street, this stunning bridge spans 91 meters and stands 24 meters tall. Its nine arches create a picturesque scene amidst the dense jungle and agricultural landscape. Known as "Nine skies bridge" or "The Bridge in the Sky," it offers a unique perspective when standing beneath it, revealing a captivating view of the sky through the arches. You can stroll along the railway tracks, enjoying the lush surroundings and if you're lucky, witness a train crossing the bridge. Later, embark on a trekking experience to Little Adam's Peak, another favorite activity in Ella. This hike to Mini Adam's Peak offers breathtaking views from the summit, showcasing the stunning mountains, lush greenery, and tea plantations that define the beauty of the region. It's a well-indicated hike easily accessible from Ella's main street, making it a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts. As the day comes to an end, return to your hotel in Ella, reflecting on the remarkable experiences and scenic wonders encountered throughout your tour.

Haputale: Ella, Small Adam's Peak, & Nine Arches Bridge Hike

10. Haputale: Ella, Small Adam's Peak, & Nine Arches Bridge Hike

Explore the beauty of the forests and villages in the Sri Lankan countryside on this day trip from Haputale. Reach the summit of Ella rock and Adam's peak on this private trip. Admire the architecture at Nine Arches bridge. Be picked up from your hotel in Haputale and take in the scenic views on the drive to the countryside. Start with a forested ascent of the majestic Ella Rock. See local flora and fauna as you climb up to one thousand meters. Look out at breathtaking views of the valleys and hills below. Continue your walk to Small Adam's peak which is 1141 meters above sea level. Snap some pictures of the sweeping panoramic mountain vistas. Head to the Nine Arches Bridge. Have a nice picnic lunch to keep your energy levels high. Stop to see this bridge which was was created during the colonial British era in Sri Lanka. See how it is built from bricks and cement rather than steel. Hear about the history of this bridge from your local guide before returning to Ella and transferring back to your hotel.

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We had an amazing day! Started at 7.30am and began with a hike of Ella Rock. Wonderful views at the top but the highlight of the trip was our guide, Dinuka. His enthusiasm was infectious as he taught us a lot about the area and the nature around us. He was very thoughtful and brought us some tea to enjoy once we reached a second view point just off the top of Ella Rock. Amazing spots for pictures and to relax!

This tour was INCREDIBLE!!! I cannot say enough good things. I had regretted signing up for a hard sunrise hike but it quickly turned into the best day of my vacation. Sanju, my guide, was so kind and patient and knowledgeable about Everything! Thank you so much for an incredible day, I will always remember it!

Very nice trip, quite tiring Ella rock. This is ideal for people who like to hike! I myself had a very nice guide who told me a lot about the nature there, took me to very local eating places. The guide's name was Jeewa.

Jeewa was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgable about the different plants/animals when hiking up Ella rock. Really recommend this tour

Very nice tour with a nice guide who knew his stuff and explained a lot.