Ella Rock Hike Sri Lanka

An impartial information to the Ella Rock Hike in Ella, Sri Lanka. Get pleasure from one among Sri Lanka’s greatest mountain vistas from the point of view at Ella Rock, only a brief stretch from Ella City.

As soon as a quaint mountain city nestled between inexperienced peaks and rolling tea-lined hills, Ella City is way from the laid-back hidden gem it as soon as was. Whereas a slice of the relaxed mountain ambiance lives on, commercialization and mass-tourism appear to be taking a agency maintain on Ella.

However, there’s little question that this place is magical. But when it was nature you have been eager for, then don’t fear, I’ve acquired you coated. The Ella Rock hike is likely one of the greatest walks from city and presents glorious views over the Baddula valleys and the Sri Lankan highlands.

Since discovering the monitor generally is a little complicated, I’ve written this information to assist vacationers and adventurers head as much as Ella Rock with no information. Get pleasure from!

The place is Ella Rock?

Ella Rock sits excessive on the hills simply 2.5 kilometers above Ella City. The shut proximity to city makes it an ideal hike for these staying in Ella.

Nevertheless, to succeed in the Ella Rock viewpoint, you will want to navigate by means of slender streets, down a railroad, and handed rural villages. It’s actually difficult to search out the path as much as Ella Rock with no information or some other technique of navigation, so in the event you’re already misplaced, don’t really feel too unhealthy.

That’s why I’ve included an in depth climbing information beneath in addition to an Ella Rock map to ensure you don’t get misplaced.

Ella Rock GPX FI and Mountain climbing Information

Beneath is a GPX file that I generated utilizing my Garmin watch. It follows the route from the guts of Ella city to the highest of Ella Rock viewpoint, and a little bit additional down the pine forest to the second viewpoint. You’ll be able to obtain the GPX file beneath utilizing the hyperlink.

GPX File: Obtain


The Ella Rock Hike: Impartial Mountain climbing Information

Hike Distance: 12 KM return

Length: 3-4 hours return

Elevation: 600 M elevation achieve (1360 M AMSL at Ella Rock)

Okay, the reality is that there isn’t a single climbing path to Ella Rock from Ella City. There are a collection of tracks and methods to succeed in the forest trailhead beneath the point of view. For the aim of this weblog, I’ll define the route I took.

General, the hike isn’t too difficult, however the final part is kind of steep. In saying that, in case you have a common stage of health, you’ll haven’t any downside.

Depart From Ella and Stroll Alongside the Railroad Tracks

Ranging from Ella City, your first waypoint would be the practice station. Relying on the place you might be staying in Ella, this is likely to be simply across the nook— otherwise you would possibly choose to seize a rickshaw as an alternative.

From the Ella railway station, flip left and begin strolling alongside the tracks (heading south).


As you most likely know already, Sri Lankan railway tracks are multi-functional within the sense that they function typical practice tracks in addition to heavily-tramped strolling routes for animals and people.

You’ll need to observe these tracks for roughly 1.5 KM (half-hour) earlier than arriving at Kithalella station. Alongside the best way, you’ll most likely meet trackside retailers who will likely be desperate to promote you recent fruit or snacks, often hanging out close to the rail bridge earlier than Kithalella.

Proceed handed Kithalella station, following the maint monitor round a large bend for roughly 700 M. Maintain a watch out for a worn strolling monitor in your left. (6°51’46.7″N 81°02’35.2″E).

Hike By way of Highland Villages

Though the beginning of this part can simply be missed, you shouldn’t have an issue in the event you enter within the GPS coordinates above. I’m assuming that most individuals who’ve bother discovering their manner mess up at this spot.

Instantly after turning onto this strolling monitor, you’ll see a picturesque river and a small waterfall often known as “Little Ravana Falls”. Cross the bridge, and observe the worn tracks to your proper.


Observe this similar monitor alongside the sting of a tea plantation and into quaint rural villages. Discovering your manner right here is once more, a little bit difficult however in the event you get misplaced and find yourself in somebody’s front room, they’ll kindly direct you again on monitor.


Admittedly, I acquired a little bit misplaced right here myself, and on the best way again, ended up making an extended loop again to a degree additional down the railroad. To keep away from making the identical mistake, my greatest recommendation is to observe the plantation till you attain a low, yellow home. From right here, flip left and stroll up the hill, holding proper on the fork (not the stone steps). Then, proceed handed the outside rest room and observe this similar monitor into the treeline.

Forest Climb to Ella Rock Viewpoint

I agree, discovering the trailhead was an journey in itself, however now, time for the precise hike. This part of the stroll is simple to navigate because the monitor is well-worn, main by means of the bushes all the best way to Ella Rock.

It’s steep in sections, which requires a little bit of a leg pump, however there’s no technical scrambling concerned.

After climbing roughly 500 M of altitude by means of the attractive highland forest, spending some scenic vista views on the best way, you’ll arrive at Ella Rock.

You’ll discover that there’s a retailer arrange right here, accommodating drained and hungry vacationers. Stroll previous the stall and also you’ll see the Ella Rock viewpoint in your left.

View From Ella Rock

The view from Ella Rock is kind of spectacular and simply among the finest within the space. Beneath I’ve included some footage of the Ella Rock viewpoint so you recognize what to anticipate.

Optionally, it’s additionally attainable to proceed on a brief stretch after Ella Rock by means of tall pine forest extra akin to Bavarian or North American forests. This results in one other viewpoint that’s definitely worth the stroll however not as spectacular as what’s on provide at Ella Rock.


When you’re eyes are happy, heat up the knees and return on the identical monitor again to Ella City to inform your mates all concerning the epic views from the Ella Rock hike!

The place to Keep in Ella

It’s no secret that Ella City has grown considerably during the last half-decade. Nevertheless, most lodging choices are nonetheless comparatively central. Subsequently, you don’t want to fret an excessive amount of about location. Beneath I’ve listed a few of the greatest locations to remain in Ella that will help you plan your journey.

My Ella Lodging: Hangover Hostels
This place appears like a celebration hostel however it’s extra of a relaxing backpacker vibe with a rooftop terrace and good views. The most effective reviewed locations in Ella on Hostelworld and likewise one of the vital reasonably priced.

Mid-Vary Guesthouse: Pearl View Guesthouse
Spacious rooms with a personal terrace over the Ella tea plantations and highland hills? This place has all of it. With a reserving value of lower than $20 per evening, that is the place I want I stayed at.

Excessive-end: EKHO Ella
Positioned 3.8 KM from the 9 Arch Bridge and only one.5 KM from Ella Rock, EKHO is the proper base in case you have a bit extra to spend. Located excessive on a inexperienced hilltop and providing epic views, this non-public oasis has a heated jacuzzi and features a historic breakfast.

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