A walk to Ella Rock is not the easiest way to spend a morning, but with some determination, most walkers should be able to complete the hike. The routes to Ella Rock offer beautiful scenery, starting with a “Stand By Me” style walk along the railway tracks, before wandering through tea plantations, fields of different vegetables, small villages, and next to waterfalls. Throughout the walk to Ella Rock, there are stunning views across the countryside, though none compete with the panorama from the top.
The walk from Ella railway station (a common starting point) to Ella Rock is, depending on the route you take, around 8km long, and should take 4 hours to complete. Although there are a number of routes available, they all start with a 1.5km walk, heading south, along the railway lines. There is a road that runs some of the ways alongside the tracks which can be used until it comes to an end and walkers climb onto the wooden sleepers to continue. When walking on the tracks, keep an ear out for oncoming trains. They move slowly, so there’s plenty of time to hop out of the way. You can also check scheduled train times at the station, although only major trains are listed, freight trains or those not stopping at Ella are not.
Walk from Ella railway station to Ella Rock is around 8km long. There are a number of routes available, starting with a 1.5km walk along the tracks. View across the countryside from the top offers some of the best views in Sri Lanka.
After exiting the railway lines, there are a plethora of options, none of which are well marked with signs. Maintaining a general direction toward Ella Rock is rather simple as long as you stay on the pathways. Some guesthouses may make a little map for you or provide you with driving instructions. Alternatively, it is rather simple to pick up a guidebook along the route as you go. Remember to negotiate a fee with any guide before deciding to work with them on a longer term basis. It is typically considered fair to charge somewhere from $3.55 (LKR500) to $7.09 (LKR1,000).
The overall elevation gain on Ella Rpock is one thousand meters, or 3300 feet, resulting in a peak elevation of two thousand meters. There are several steep sections towards the top that may make it a difficult hike in places, especially as you approach the summit. Because of this, it is critical to wear suitable footwear and to bring along a few additional layers, as well as a hat and sunscreen, as well as drinks and snacks. Set out early in the morning to get the greatest views, since fog often begins to settle about 10 a.m.
The overall elevation gain on Ella Rock is one thousand meters, or 3300 feet. There are several steep sections towards the top that may make it a difficult hike. Set out early in the morning to get the greatest views, since fog often begins to settle about 10 a.m.
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