Ella is a garden paradise in the central Sri Lanka, surrounded with beautiful tea plantations. It has a cooling climate of around 27 degrees in the day. From waterfalls to stunning mountainous landscapes, you will tend to stay longer than planned.
We arrived in Ella from southern Sri Lanka and we were taken aback by the views surrounding us. Plus, the cooling weather of the central highlands complements the scenery.
We started the day with a warm-up hike to the mini Adam’s Peak. I said warm-up as we are preparing for the main one which is the ultimate Adam’s Peak itself. It took us around a comfortable 1-2 hours up the mini Adam’s Peak as we indulge in the greenery and lush tea plantations around us. The summit is spectacular enough but we couldn’t stay long for the sunset as the sun was blazing.
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. That’s where we wanted to go but somehow we took the wrong and long way and found ourselves lost (hahaha oh well). It was pouring so we seek refuge as losers in a small but chic cafe in the middle of the woods. But you guys should check it out! (the bridge though not the cafe)
Next up, Nuwara Eliya!
Nuwara Eliya to Adam’s Peak
We arrived here via one of the most the beautiful train journeys in the world. We bought the first class seats as our wallets said yes to them.
The mountain ranges, tea plantations and valleys accompanied us throughout the journey.
Nuwara Eliya is also called the Little England as probably the houses are similar to England (like cottages) and it has a slightly colder weather (definitely not like England). We did souvenir shopping before heading off to Adam’s Peak where we stayed in hostel for a night before the torturous hike, which I got some tips for y’all!