Ella Rock Hike In Sri Lanka – A Complete Guide To Visiting

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The Ella Rock Hike in Sri Lanka is a well known spot, with breathtaking views. So here’s a complete guide to visiting, including how and when to get there.

Ella Rock Hike In Sri Lanka – A Complete Guide To Visiting

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How To Get To Ella Rock Sri Lanka
Best Time To Visit + Tips
What To Expect On The Ella Rock Hike
Where To Stay In Ella

What To Pack? We’ve put together our Ultimate Travel Packing List for every type of trip.

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How To Get To Ella Rock Sri Lanka

Ella Rock is located in Ella, a town high in the mountainous region of Sri Lanka.

Standing at an elevation of 1,041 metres above sea level, Ella Town is located right in the centre of the island, and you can start the Ella Rock hike directly from the main high street. There’s no need to book any transportation to the starting point.

We followed google maps when walking through town, which led us to the train track. The train track will then lead you directly to the sign posted starting point of the Ella Rock hike.

During the hike, if you get stuck along the way there are always other tourists on the same trail and many locals that are very friendly and more than willing to help.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

There’s the popular 2-Day Tour of 3 Iconic Ella Sites available, which includes Ella Rock, Little Adam’s Peak, and the Nine Arch Bridge.

You can check availability, prices and book in advance here.

Best Time To Visit + Tips

Many people choose to start the Ella Rock hike early in the morning, and we certainly recommend it. Mainly for the reason that although Ella is a lot cooler than the rest of Sri Lanka, it can still get pretty hot on the way up.

Also, if you leave too late in the day, the clouds will rise up quite high throughout the morning and it can obstruct the amazing view from top.

So when planning your Ella Rock hike, the earlier the better!

WHAT TO PACK

DSLR Camera: Canon EOS 90D

Tripod: Zomei Z666 Tripod

Day Bag: Manfrotto Manhattan Mover-50

Sunscreen: Banana Boat Sunscreen SPF-50

Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Rain Jacket: Columbia Lightweight Rain Jacket

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Our crew out early, ready to hike Ella Rock

What To Expect On The Ella Rock Hike

The Ella Rock Hike is a famous cliff located high above Ella’s village and 1041m (3415ft) above sea level.

The view at the top rewards you with the most breathtaking lookout across the hills of the country.

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If you find this dog called ‘brown’ on the Ella Rock hike, he will lead you the way…
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You will walk along the train for some time until you see the left turning to the famous Ella Rock Hike

The not so strenuous Ella Rock hike is around 8km long, taking a couple of hours. The gradient isn’t too steep either. On the way up you pass through unique tea plantations, train tracks and the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside.

If you don’t feel comfortable taking part in the Ella Rock hike alone, you can pay for a local guide to show you the way. It will cost around 1500 Rupees.

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The insane views on the Ella Rock Hike in Sri Lanka
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Almost at the top of the Ella Rock Hike in Sri Lanka
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We made it!

Where To Stay In Ella

Luxury – Ella Planters Bungalow – Offering an outdoor swimming pool, Planters Bunglow is an boutique style eco friendly property located in Ella. Free WiFi access is available in the public areas of the property. Each room provides a seating area and work desk. Private bathroom comes with a shower and free toiletries. You can enjoy garden view from the room. At Planters Bunglow you will find a garden and barbecue facilities, grocery deliveries, water sports facilities, cooking classes and meeting facilities. The property offers free parking.

Mid-Budget – Morning Dew Hotel – Morning Dew Hotel provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. 550 yards from Ella Spice Garden and 1.8 miles from Little Adam’s Peak, the property features a garden and a terrace. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen, room service and currency exchange for guests. Guest rooms at the hotel come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a bidet. The units will also provide guests with a desk and a kettle. Morning Dew Hotel offers a continental or à la carte breakfast.

Backpacker – Ella – Hangover Hostels Ella – Situated in Ella and with Demodara Nine Arch Bridge reachable within 1.6 miles, Hangover Hostels Ella offers a tour desk, rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi throughout the property and a garden. The property is around 200 yards from Ella Spice Garden, 2.5 km from Little Adam’s Peak and 2.2 miles from Ella Rock. The accommodation features evening entertainment and a shared kitchen. All rooms at the hostel come with a seating area, a private bathroom and a bidet.

For more places to stay in Ella you can check the latest prices here.

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