Ella is a small sleepy town on the southern edge of Region names 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.
There's not much to do in Ella itself, with a handful of small shops and only a few bars/restaurants, but is a wonderfully relaxing base for exploring the surrounding country.
By rail. Ella's a few stops from Badulla at the end of the railway line that snakes through the Hill Country. Trains go to Colombo and Kandy from here. The fares are ludicrously cheap in 2nd and 3rd class, and the views spectacular. Ella's railway station itself is prettily quaint.
Buses go south through Ella Gap to Wellawaya where you can change for a number of destinations in the south of the island
The home cooking in the guest houses/hotels is probably the best food in town.
Ella View Restaurant and Bar serves hot meals, butthe quality can vary.
There's another restaurant/bat opened in 2005 at the Wellaway Road junction in town.
See "eat" above.
There are a number of cheap guest houses scattered around town.
Hill Top Guest House has a balcony with a wonderful view through Ella Gap, and serves deliciuos home-cooked meals. The rooms are basic but clean and cheap.
Take a walk to Little Adam's Peak south-east of the town centre, and about 45 minutes away.
For more strenuous exercise walk to the top of Ella Rock for views across the Hill Country and with the town nestled in the hills below you. This walk is about 2.5 hours each way.