Ella, in the heart of Sri Lanka's high hill country, is the perfect base to spend a few days exploring tea plantations, hiking the hills and, with it's cooler, misty climes, is a fabulous escape from Sri Lanka's incessant heat.
Just getting to Ella is definitely a highlight and is a tourist attraction in itself. Catch the long, very slow but marvelously blue train from Kandy. It's rumoured to be one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world - and it's easy to understand why.
Surrounded by rolling verdant hills, textured by hundreds of tea plantations and lush forest, Ella is firmly on the tourist trail, which means an easy stay for families with a plenitude of good accommodation, excellent food options and a wonderful chilled out vibe.
We loved that most things to do around Ella are free! After shelling out hefty entrance fees for some of Sri Lanka's iconic sites, temples and safaris, Ella will be a welcome relief for your trip budget. We threw that extra into our bed budget indulging ourselves at the fabulous Zion View.
Here's our guide of what not to miss when visiting Ella with kids.
Putsborough Sands regular pulls in a catch of best beach awards, the latest being 'Best Beach in the UK by Trip Advisor in 2015 and 2016'.
This is one of our favourite walks since my youngest could manage it solo from the age of 3 or 4. It manages to squeeze in a bit of everything and is varied enough to grip interest entirely round the circuit - a must for my little one where walking can be tough unless it's disguised as a chase, a treasure trail, or a game. Plus it ends on the beach so they forget the walk was ever there by the time they meet the welcoming waves and the sweet taste of ice cream dissolves on their tongues.
Whilst you might want to park and flop on the beach for the day, this walk is short enough to squeeze into the morning to get the heart pumping whilst walking the dog or a good one when the sky is moody, charcoal with impending rain (we always end up at the beach cafe which is a fab place to shelter from storms).
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