Enthralling Ella, Sri Lanka

Tripoto
9th Aug 2019
Photo of Enthralling Ella, Sri Lanka by Hitesh Sharma
Day 1

After a long span of working months, got a point where I wanted to escape my routine and just wanted to enjoy nature and live within nature. After a thorough research, Sri Lanka was that place which ticked all my needs for my next vacation.

Started from Kuwait to Colombo, we kept very minimal time for Colombo as our priority was to explore country side of Sri Lanka. From Colombo, took a morning train to the beautiful and most visited hill station of Ella. You need to book tickets for this in advance, as this is the highlight of most of the travelers visiting Sri Lanka.

Day 2

I was soo in the moment that I didn't turn my face for the timer click

Photo of Colombo Fort Station, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Hitesh Sharma

The train journey was long but it was comfortable in 1st AC coach, and I have tried to sit in the 2nd class coach which was similar to 1st but just without AC. You wont need it unless you are going in peak summer. Travel tip "You can trust the coach attendant and order your lunch if you are not carrying with you, the food he provided was tasty and one of the best meals I have had in Lanka".

Just Into The wild! Whole journey to Ella will have this kinda views

Photo of Enthralling Ella, Sri Lanka by Hitesh Sharma

The Tea Plantations of Nuwara

Photo of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka by Hitesh Sharma

After reaching Ella at 5.30 PM, it was time to checkin to the home stay from booking.com. You can take Tuk-tuk in Ella for shorter or longer destinations and bargain if you think their price is high, otherwise all drivers ask for decent money for a ride. We decided take a walk along the railway track to explore options for authentic Ella style food and after asking couple of people, we were suggested to dine at Matey Hut. Oh man! their food was soo good that we ended up having 3 times at Matey in our 3 days visit (didn't want to miss out other restaurants taste)

Just ask for Rice and Curry, I chose vegetable curries to start with.

Photo of Matey Hut, Ella, Sri Lanka by Hitesh Sharma
Day 3

And we woke upto this! this was just my portion of breakfast

Photo of Ella Grand Paradise, Temples Rd, Ella, Sri Lanka by Hitesh Sharma

Since we stuffed ourselves with food till dinner, we went to visit the most famous and instagrammed spot of Lanka Nine Arches Bridge which was just 3 kms from our stay along the railway track.

Pathway to the bridge..

Photo of Nine Arches Bridge, Sri Lanka by Hitesh Sharma

Posing at the Arches, Happies..

Photo of Nine Arches Bridge, Sri Lanka by Hitesh Sharma

Graffiti love and new found love..Ellla!

Photo of Nine Arches Bridge, Sri Lanka by Hitesh Sharma

After hanging out at the bridge, we decided to take tuk-tuk and visit some tea plantations and wrapped up our sight seeing activity for the day (coz rest n chill was prime motto this trip).

Just cheel cheel..just chill.

Photo of Cafe One Love, Ella Station Road, Ella, Sri Lanka by Hitesh Sharma

The next day was planned to do Ravana Caves Hiking and visit Ravana Falls. The falls was okay but hike to Ravana Caves was damn tiring!

On our way to Ravana Falls, our tuk tuk uncle told us to get clicked with Ella Rock in the background..

Photo of Enthralling Ella, Sri Lanka by Hitesh Sharma
Day 4

Water at the falls were fine, we didnt take a dip though.. legs went numb in chilling water

Photo of Ravana Falls., A23, Sri Lanka by Hitesh Sharma

The best view point in the entire hike to Ravana Caves

Photo of Ravana's Cave, Ella, Sri Lanka by Hitesh Sharma

A tip and a spoiler: If you expect a nice view after a tiring hike, dont reach the top. Just stop here. That was all for this day..

Another day, another hike.. this time to the Ella Rock, the hike was an easy one with refreshing views on and top of the Rock. Just took us 30 minutes to reach the top.

Real candid moment, captured while i was enjoying the views and freshest air..

Photo of Ella Rock, Wellawaya-Ella-Kumbalwela Highway, Ella, Sri Lanka by Hitesh Sharma

Our favorite restaurant Matey Hut provides cooking classes too, where you can learn and make these curries yourself with guidance of the head chef. however you will be part of batch and will be doing some part of cooking only.

This is what the batch cooked, curries were way too sweet to enjoy.

Photo of Enthralling Ella, Sri Lanka by Hitesh Sharma

Another bar for relaxing vibes after hikes and sunny day tours

Photo of mandala cafe and bar, Ella Station Road, Ella, Sri Lanka by Hitesh Sharma

This was all from Ella and next day we left to Mirissa another beautiful town of Sri Lanka but a coastal one, will post about it in next blog. Adios!

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