Ella Sri Lanka
The little town of Ella, the once sleepy village
in the Uva province of Sri Lanka is now bustling
with foreign tourists. So what's so great about
Ella? Firstly, Ella has been blessed with one of
the best climates in the world. That's probably a
very subjective statement but let's face it, the
weather is great. You can enjoy mild temperatures and
pleasant levels of humidity throughout the year.
Ella lies at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea
level and surrounded by tea plantations, green
mountains and impressive rocks. The view from Ella
is breathtaking! Some even claim that the view of
the Ella Gap
is one of the best views in Sri Lanka.
Then you have the Ella rock – a three to four hour
trek up and down and well worth the effort. There
again, spectacular views from the top. There's Little Adams Peak – another short trek to capture some beautiful
hills and beyond.
The beautiful Ravana
Ella falls is a few minutes drive from
Ella and is known to be one of the widest falls of
Sri Lanka. The grandeur of the Ravana fall is its
wild look amidst wilderness. Ravana Ella pours
itself down to the Ella gorge. The water finds it
course down in three stages for 9 meters and then
curves itself in a stream.
The Ravana Ella has its roots connected to the
times of the famous eastern epic, Ramayana. It is
said that after kidnapping Sita, Ravana had hidden
her at the caves behind this waterfall when Shri
Rama was drawing close to Lanka with his army to
rescue her. The cave came to be known as the Ravana Ella Cave.
The place was then a thick afforested region in
the midst of wilderness. Rama’s queen is believed
to have wandered around here while she was
confined. She is also believed to have bathed in
one of the natural pools from these Ravana Falls.
British Colonial Secretary of Ceylon (1845-1850),
Sir James Emerson Tennent narrates of Ella:
there is not a scene in the world which combines
sublimity and beauty in a more extraordinary
degree than that which is presented at the Pass of
Ella, where, through an opening in the chain of
mountains, the road from Badulla descends rapidly
to the lowlands, over which it is carried for
upwards of seventy miles, to Hambantota, on the
south coast of the island. The ride to Ella passes
for ten or twelve miles along the base of the
hills thickly wooded, except in those where the
forest has been cleared for planting coffee. The
view therefore obstructed, and at one point
appears to terminate in an impassable glen; but on
reaching this the traveler is startled on
discovering a ravine through which a torrent has
forced its way, disclosing a passage to the plains
below, over which, for than sixty miles, the
prospect extends, unbroken by a single eminence,
till, far in the distance, the eye discerns a line
of light, which marks where the sunbeams are
flashing on the waters of the Indian Ocean.
Ella is also centrally placed for
some great getaways such as the Horton Plains, Udawalawe
National Park and Yala National Park.
So if you are coming to Sri Lanka, come to Ella!