We tried the Ayurveda Spa in Ella. 40 dollars for a 2 hour session. It was an experience, but please be cautious of trying it if you hate 1) oil dripping on your forehead; 2)oily hair after the treatment; 3)Steaming after putting on oil all over the body.
We visited in Dec, which is said to be the rainy season. If possible, try to avoid the rainy season. A bit depressing.
Real Backpacker Meca, great Chill Lounge, great food, everything in easy walking distance, a few beautiful hikes to do, the old train Haputale is awesome, cheap place to stay, the town understands the young traveler and what they like and provides it.
Ella is a town closer to Nuwara Eliya and Habtulla (spelling is not right). If I were to go on a vacation, I would rather book myself on alternate location because it does not have as scenic a landscape as other locations, no mountains either.
SPA was awesome and reasonably priced.
PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN SRI LANKA. I HAVE BEEN TO THIS CITY SINCE THE EIGHTIES AND THEY HAVE DEVELOPED THE MAIN STREET WITH FUNKY BARS AND CAFES (FEW)WHICH MAKES IT MORE INTERESTING FOR THE TOURIST.
I WOULD STAY ABOUT 3 DAYS AND EXPLORE THE HIKES RECOMMENDED BY HOTEL STAFF INCLUDING THE MINI ADAMS PEAK AND ELLA ROCK. VIEWS ARE SPECTACULAR.
Ella is one of the most beautiful places to visit if you are looking for scenic beauty. It is a must if you want to enjoy hicks and mountain climbs and waterfalls in Sri Lanka
Ella is a very small cute town, worth anovernight from the train or a short hike up little Adams peak, very pretty area, not a lot in the town itself.
Ella is great for walking. A nice trip is to climb Adam's little peak then down to the 9 arches bridge then walk back along the train line to Ella.
Chill café is the best place to eat by far we also caught the train from Ella to Badulla (the end of the line), it only takes 1 hour and is 20km from Ella. we then caught a tuk tuk back. It is nice ride through the hills.
Ella is an easy place to be. It's small but has a good mixture of tourist and local facilities. The main reason to come here is to go walking.
Try Little Adams Peak, Ella Rock and just wandering around the countryside. Lots of people hired motor scooters and used Ella as a base to other hill country sights and walks. Try Little Folly for tea and cake or 98 acres after you have walked to Little Adams Peak. I walked to Ravana Falls and bussed back, the rock cave and temple were nice enough walks but not great sights. I do recommend the cocktails at nescoffe and the pizza at Dream Cafe. I also had very good kotu rotti at the down town roti shop.
The Badula district mountain scenery around this area not the town is spectacular,ie waterfalls, large variety of trees,animals.
Ella is set in the mountain area. all around tea plantations and natural springs, waterfalls and green beautiful vegetation.
nice place for a couple of day break and some cool air after the beaches of srilanka.
Ella is a lovely town with fabulous views and great walks into the tea plantations - many along the train track.
The train journey to Hapatule is wonderful but travel 2nd or 3rd class as the observation car is overpriced and not really very nice at all. The windows are small and dirty but as it has a/c you can't open windows so you actually get a better view in 3rd class with the window open. Food in Ella is some of the best in Sri Lanka and amazingly cheap.
Simple hill country town, very rustic, don't expect bars,clubs etc. enjoy the views bird life and tea gardens.