the hill country SIGHTS


a multitude of breathtaking wonders 

Ella is a beautiful small backpacker-hub on the southern edge of the Hill Country. It's situated in the middle of beautiful countryside, with small vegetable plots in the valleys, tea plantations on the hill slopes and forests on the tops.The climate throughout most of the year is typical of the high Hill Country, with a hot sun by midday, but a moderate air temperature. It will often rain in the afternoon, but only for an hour or so. In December it can rain a lot!

There's not much to do in Ella itself, with a handful of small shops and only a few bars/restaurants. It's basically a nicely relaxing base for exploring the surrounding country.

Ella's Rock
Ella Rock is a famous cliff, located high above Ella’s village, roughly a two hours strenuous trek from the centre of town. The rock offers stunning views across the hill country, and the plains below.  Get an early start for the best views. 

Dhowa Cave Temple
Located in the village of Dhowa, the Dowa Rock Temple is famous for the beautiful paintings and sculptures that adorn its rock walls. Located at the bottom of a hill and close to a picturesque stream, it is one of the major attractions in the Badulla area. 

Ravana Ella Falls
The Ravana Ella or the Ravana falls is on of the widest falls in Sri Lanka and is one of the most popular attractions. It is connected to the Hindu epic, Ramayana, a historic tale that covers over India and Sri Lanka. The falls is said to have been named after the famous king, King Ravana. The story goes that King Ravana kidnapped Princess Sita from India and hid her in the caves behind the waterfall. It is also said the Sita bathed in a pool of water that was collected with the water that fell from the fall. 

Buduruwagala is a historic Buddhist Rock Temple, about 5km from Wellawaya. The road takes you past a dammed lake to this serene site which sits in a plot of dry-zone forest inhabited by beautiful butterflies and birds. The meaning of the name Buduruwagala is “rock of Buddhist sculptures” and archaeologists have determined that these works of art are of the 9th or 10th century AD.