Ella is a small town in the Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka governed by an Urban Council.

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. A sweatshirt, or light jacket is needed at night. In December it can rain a lot!

Rawana Ella Falls

Rawana Ella Falls are about 6km away on the road south through Ella Gap. They’re quite spectacular. Take your swimming costume for a refreshing dip, but beware of the touts selling tourist junk.

Unfortunately from mid January 2018 there’s police officers blocking access to the waterfall, so the only way to wash yourself in the waters is through a well that’s on the right side of the bridge.

Demodara Bridge

Demodara Bridge Also called the Nine Arches bridge is a famous bridge situated between Ella and Demodara railway stations. This is a historical brick bridge constructed in 1921 during the colonial rule of the British Empire. Amazingly it is still in use to take trains weighing dozens of tons through the track from Colombo to Badulla and vice versa.

Demodara loop tunnel

The sole tunnel in the island where the train tracks cross each other, of course on different levels – close to Demodara station. Most impressive for making a video when a train passes by.

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