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Ella Rock, Ella

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Witness the geological formations that attract many trekkers and nature lovers to Ella Rock, from which you can view hillside tea plantations and villages. Although you can visit this area by car, you can also arrive by a railway that snakes its way through the mountainous landscape. The nearby waterfalls provide an ideal opportunity for a quick dip, so don't forget your swimsuit. Put Ella Rock and other Ella attractions into our Ella vacation builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Its a long walk to the top. The eind to the top is heavy. But if you there then you have a beatiful view. Dont forget te walk furder on the top to the secend view.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Probably my favourite memory from Sri Lanka. We got up at 3.30am and trekked up for sunrise. Didn't take a guide and we made it up just fine, and that's with me being a little unconfident when it come...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    As stated by others, if you have already been to the Dolomites, nn expect more but just might be a hike with last half an hour of great ascent advice, when starting from the station, walking on or beside the tracks, take a capital with the Buddha and a family selling coconuts and drinks and invite you to come down on the left because it's the right way DO NOT FOLLOW THEM continue past When you notice a sign at 15 km/h, look to your left, you will find a path down to a few meters you will see a concrete bridge, cross it and following a path almost in front of you (slightly left) arrive as expected but we followed the people who first brought us to She then ordered to follow them because "My Land My country" said , depistandoci very result? Almost 3 hours of hell hot following them Bad people!
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  • May 2, 2017
    I've been here twice and it's a lovely trek. It's not too hard but it isn't easy either. The view is nice. You can't really get a good view of sunset but sunrise is majestic. Camping isn't allowed anymore so make sure to not take tents up with you as some of the locals might make a fuss.
  • May 23, 2017
    It takes quite a long time to get to the top, mostly because there are hardly any signs to direct you! You'd think that such a popular tourist attraction would have better signage or maps, but sadly not. You can however hire a guide. The hike is actually quite easy for anybody of average fitness, though it can of course get very hot. Be prepared to walk alongside railway tracks.
  • April 5, 2017
    Great place to visit for a day hike. Up and down take about 3 hours. Heading out early in the morning will avoid heat & make sure to enjoy the breathtaking view of the rising sun by leaving early in the morning.And don't forget to check out the Buddha shrine located about 500m away from the rock top.
  • March 21, 2017
    Ella Rock is a popular tourist location. It's a light yet varied hike, you'll wander on the train tracks and through forests and tea fields (although the hike to Lipton's Seat is more impressive regarding the latter). The view from the top is beautiful on sunny days and you can easily spend a relaxing hour there. The only difficulty is to find the way to the top (I guess there are many) because no signs lead the way. Unfortunately, there are many "guides" who wait at various places. They'll demand a ridiculously high price for showing you a way to the top. Don't fall into that trap but rather try to find your way with Google Maps etc. It's not that difficult and you can save your money for the really important things of life (e.g., a cold beer after your return...).
  • June 10, 2017
    To hike there you should to find right map with trail. Because there are a lot of unmarked trails and you could lost. But views from the top are amazing.

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Ella accommodations come in many forms, with the hill station a long-established backpacker-friendly haunt, as well as a growingly popular destination for honeymooning couples and resort-lovers. Guesthouses and rental apartments provide the budget-friendly options in town, with plenty of those including views of the surrounding landscape. Eco-friendly resorts and lodges blend in with the scenery and ensure lots of green space for rest and recreation.
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