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Roads run north through the spectacular Ella Gap to the Hill Country, south to Tissamaharama and the coast, east to the coast and west to Colombo.

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$220 Day Trips & Excursions

Wellawaya Sri Lanka

Early in the morning (approx 7.30 am) visit secret waterfall and spend couple of hours relaxing and enjoying amazing nature Ella Wall Fall is a small waterfall located in Wellawaya. Trek through a thick jungle, approximately 5 km away from the main town and you’ll find yourself face to face with this cascading beauty. With a natural pool at the base, it’s the ideal place for a refreshingly, cold bath right after your walk. Rural chena experience, organic farm, cooking demostration and traditional Sri Lankan lunch Chena is the oldest form of cultivation on the island, with a history dating back 5000 years. This traditional practice was most commonly used by ancient Sri Lankans who cultivated land while ensure the environment was unharmed. The rain-fed lands that grew their crops of vegetables, grains, cereals and greens were known as Chena. A traditional lunch made in the remote village will give you the most authentic experience of Sri Lankan cuisine. Indulge in the rich spices and tantalizing flavours and you savour the delights of a local meal. Buduruwagala Temple visit Most famous for having the tallest statue of Lord Buddha, the Buduruwagala Temple is a historic site that dates back to the 10th century. The statue towers approximately 51 feet in height. In addition, there are seven other statues located here, and hence its name translates to the ‘rock of Buddhist Sculptures’.  Elephants at Hapanagala Tank Wildlife lovers will seek great joy in visiting the Handapanagala Tank. Located roughly 16 km from the main town, the tank is fed by the Kirindi Oya and attracts plenty of wildlife during the drought season, especially wild elephants! Visit early evening for a chance to spot these gentle giants frolic and enjoy the true beauty of nature. Bird watching  Sri Lanka is blessed with a wide range of colorful birds; both migratory and endemic to the island. Grab your binoculars and get read to embark on a bird watching expedition.  Night walk A quiet stroll in the night will introduce you to a different side of the island. From croaking frogs to chattering crickets, there’s a lot that goes bump in the night here! Village walk Enjoy rural village walk in the morning and visit local houses of lovely smiling local people, see how they live and their traditional livelihood. It would be really nice and memorable in your journey to rustic Sri Lanka. Overnight stay at Jetwing Kaduruketha, bed & breakfast basis

$49 Outdoor Activities

Best Things To Do In Ella - 3 Icon Trekking Tour

7.00 am – pick up from the hotel near Ella, Wellawaya, Haputale and Bandarawela.8.00 am – Start the hike to Ella rock. En-route enjoy refreshments snakes and either king coconut or Ceylon tea. The iconic Ella Rock is a mesmerizing view point that gives you an unhindered view of the mountain silhouettes and the villages below. Loved by hikers and nature enthusiasts, conquering Ella rock during your stay here is an absolute must! 11.30 am – depart for Demodara 9 arch bridge. The famous Nine Arches Bridge has made it to almost every Instagram feed of explorers to the  island. The bridge is located between Ella and Demodara railway stations and is most famous because of its curved structure. Known to be the best example of a colonial-era railway, the bridge has attracted tourists from around the world. The bridge is approximately 30m high. 1.00 pm – lunchstart the hike for Little Adam’s peak. You will have refreshments on top of mountain while enjoying endless green views across south coast and sunset. Deriving its name from its big brother, the sacred mountain Adam’s Peak, Little Adam’s Peak is 2243m above sea level. The trail to the mountain is fairly average and would require you to have a medium level of fitness. With marked paths, you’ll have to clamber through some narrow rocky areas to reach the summit. The view from the peak is definitely worth the arduous climb. There are a number of hotels located in the area to cater to the large number of tourists that visit the mountain. The ideal time to start your hike is either in the morning or late evening, 5.30 pm – Drop off to the hotel

$29.51 Transfers & Ground Transport

Colombo, Sri Lanka Airport (CMB) to Jetwing Kaduruketha, Wellawaya

Once you land at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA / CMB), your friendly driver will meet you and drive you directly to your hotel, Jetwing Kaduruketha, Wellawaya. Whether you’re traveling individually, with a partner or in a group, your ground transport needs will be covered by this private airport transfer service. Avoid the confusion of taxis or public transport and enjoy a hassle-free start to your vacation. Airport transfers have never been this easy. Travel in style and comfort with unparalleled safety in our luxurious cars and get to your destination in good time and great order. Your English-speaking chauffeur is always at your service. SKU: LK43201150

$66 Private & Custom Tours

Private tour to Buduruwagala from Yala-Sri Lanka

Buduruwagala is located about 5 km from the Wellawaya on the Thanamalwila road. The name Buduruwagala means “the rock with the statue of Buddha” And this is exactly what it is. Seven figured are carved in this rock with a massive 51 foot Buddha statue in the Abhaya Mudra gesture at the centre. The rock it self has shape of a kneeling elephant with its head own. Although there is no documented information about this site in the ancient scriptures, Different historians have dated these statues from the 6th centuary to late Anuradhapura period. (between 8 – 10 Century). These carvings are of the Mahayana Buddhist style and belongs to the Pallawa- Sri Lankan art tradition and similar to the statues at Dova Temple.The tallest Buddha statue in the world was the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan until the destruction of this ancient monument by the Taliban in March 2001. The Buduruwagala Buddha Statue is now considered the tallest in the world.

$75 Outdoor Activities

Ella Three Iconic Private Day Tour

7:00 – Pick up from the hotel near Ella, Wellawaya and Bandarawela & transferred by Tuk-tuk for your 3-iconic tour in Ella.8.00 – Start your day from Ella rock, which is a great activity for those that are really interested in hiking and trekking, through tranquil woodland and tea plantations and is slightly more challenging than the climb to Little Adam’s Peak. It is wise to head up first thing in the morning for amazing panoramic views.10:30 – Climb down from Ella rock and transfer by Tuk-tuk to visit nine arch bridge which is one of the iconic bridges in Sri Lanka, located in Demodara, between 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 it’s called as Nine skies bridge. It also called ‘The Bridge in the sky’ due to the sheer height.13:00 –   Lunch is provided at a Local Restaurant.14.00 – Start the hike for 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 two mountains. Gradually with an easy hike up to the mountain of Little Adams Peak, you can consummation a worth panoramic view of Ella Gap. You have to walk through lush green tea plantations, and paddy fields while enjoying the sceneries. You could see the people who are plucking and collecting tea leaves, working in their estates.17:30 – After getting down you will be transferred back to your Hotel in Ella, Bandarawela or Wellawaya.