Begin the day with a trek up Monkey Mountain. Before continuing your journey on to Ella, stopping en route at Badulla. Here, you will see Dunhida Waterfall. On arrival in Ella, check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Ella.
Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner
The remote village of Ella is renowned for its beautiful natural scenery, including impressive panoramic views across the surrounding forested valleys, known as 'Ella's Gap'. On a clear night, it is said one can see as far as the Great Basses lighthouse on Sri Lanka's southern coastline. Ella is the perfect place to explore Sri Lanka's rich wildlife, whilst its rural setting provides visitors with an insight into a traditional rural way of life.
The city of Badulla can be found in the lower hills of central Sri Lanka, surrounded by tea plantations and almost encircled by the Badulla Oya River. Badulla is one of Sri Lanka's oldest towns. It was briefly occupied by the Portuguese, before later becoming a regional hub for British rulers during the 20th century. Evidence of this history can still be seen in the colonial style buildings around the city. A famous example of this is the Badulla railway station, which was formerly used by the British to send tea from Badulla to Colombo.
Dunhida Waterfall is one of Sri Lanka's most scenic falls, which can be found along the Badulu Oya River. 'Dun' in Dunhia translates to 'mist' or 'smoke', which describes the haze of spray that is created at the base of the 64 metre waterfall. Visitors can walk up to a viewing platform, where they can watch the dramatic falls and enjoy panoramic views across surrounding forests.