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ELLA GAP TREKKING

Sri Lanka is home to many wonderful and amazing walks and hikes, but unfortunately for many people it is beyond their budget and generally people head to Sri Lanka to either celebrate a marriage or on a whistle stop tour of the cultural North. Yet for those who dare to adventure and head South to the so called hill country, they will be rewarded with some of the most beautiful views in this part of world and will find themselves in a rural paradise dotted with nature at its best and on some of the most accessible hikes across Sri Lanka and the Indian Subcontinent.

 

Ella is a beautiful small town in the south of Sri Lanka in the Hill country. It is a great base for tourists who want to explore the surrounding hills and enjoy the breathtaking views of Badulla's green valleys.And also Ella is a tiny place that really consists of one main road with the railway station, which is just a shed at the top and then a few hundred metres down the gentle slope forks off. The left heads up toward Little Adam's Peak and the road going straight ahead goes on to the South coast some 3 hours away. Dotted on either side of the road are guest-houses and restaurants, though not many. It really is an intimate little place.

 

The village is flanked on both sides by huge mountains and at the front right is the renowned Ella Rock, a stunning cliff face rising intimidatingly high above the village. The space between the two sides is known as Ella's gap, and through this gap you can see the plains below, it is this famous and absolutely gorgeous view that has encouraged backpackers to venture this far East for years.  The weather is usually quite humid, with moderate air temperature, sunny mornings, and often rain showers in the afternoon.Trekking to Ella Rock and back took us around 4 hours from start to finish.

 

Avoid to trek with sandals or flip-flops, especially after it's been raining. The hill country is renowned for its high population of leeches. They hang on to the vegetation by the side of tracks waiting for a nice hot blooded tourist to pass by. Leeches are not dangerous, so do not panic if one has decided to befriend you.

 

We advise you take some lime with you, and put a drop on the leech. It will not kill it, but it will make the leech quickly leave you without drinking your blood.

Sri Lanka is home to many wonderful and amazing walks and hikes, but unfortunately for many people it is beyond their budget and generally people head to Sri Lanka to either celebrate a marriage or on a whistle stop tour of the cultural North. Yet for those who dare to adventure and head South to the so called hill country, they will be rewarded with some of the most beautiful views in this part of world and will find themselves in a rural paradise dotted with nature at its best and on some of the most accessible hikes across Sri Lanka and the Indian Subcontinent.

 

Ella is a beautiful small town in the south of Sri Lanka in the Hill country. It is a great base for tourists who want to explore the surrounding hills and enjoy the breathtaking views of Badulla's green valleys.And also Ella is a tiny place that really consists of one main road with the railway station, which is just a shed at the top and then a few hundred metres down the gentle slope forks off. The left heads up toward Little Adam's Peak and the road going straight ahead goes on to the South coast some 3 hours away. Dotted on either side of the road are guest-houses and restaurants, though not many. It really is an intimate little place.

 

The village is flanked on both sides by huge mountains and at the front right is the renowned Ella Rock, a stunning cliff face rising intimidatingly high above the village. The space between the two sides is known as Ella's gap, and through this gap you can see the plains below, it is this famous and absolutely gorgeous view that has encouraged backpackers to venture this far East for years.  The weather is usually quite humid, with moderate air temperature, sunny mornings, and often rain showers in the afternoon.Trekking to Ella Rock and back took us around 4 hours from start to finish.

 

Avoid to trek with sandals or flip-flops, especially after it's been raining. The hill country is renowned for its high population of leeches. They hang on to the vegetation by the side of tracks waiting for a nice hot blooded tourist to pass by. Leeches are not dangerous, so do not panic if one has decided to befriend you.

 

We advise you take some lime with you, and put a drop on the leech. It will not kill it, but it will make the leech quickly leave you without drinking your blood.