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Ella is a small town in the Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka governed by an Urban Council. It is approximately 200 kilometres east of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 1,041 metres above sea level. The area has a rich bio-diversity, dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna.
LITTLE ADAMS PEAK
As this was only a 2 night stop and I arrived in to afternoon yesterday, I had to pack as much as I could into today. So I set out earlyish for Little Adams Peak. It was a fairly easy climb and the peak is 1141 metres high. The last part of the climb is many stairs that can be a little tiring but nothing that most people wouldn`t be able to manage.
On the way to the top you will pass a large tea plantation and near the top is 98 Acres resort which has amazing thatch roofed huts built on the side of the mountain and have beautiful views
NINE ARCH BRIDGE
The Nine Arch Bridge also called the Bridge in the Sky, is a viaduct bridge in Sri Lanka. It is one of the best examples of colonial-era railway construction in the country. It is 24 metres high and 91 metres long. I arrived just in time to see the train crossing the bridge also. I managed to get pictures from both sides of the bridge to give a better idea of the size. After the train had passed I walked through the tunnel and followed the train tracks back to Ella which took about 1 hour.
I arrived back to the accommodation right on 1pm and the owner was going to pick up his son from school, s offered me a ride to the temple as it was on the way, then he picked me up on the way back which was awesome.
Dhowa Rock Temple is a protected heritage site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central mountains of the Uva province. Dhowa is a small, ancient village situated on the Badulla - Bandarawela main road.
The caretaker at the temple explained to me that it is 2107 years old and the ornate pictures on the ceiling and walls are 407 years old. There is also a 12 metre buddha carved into the rock face which is also over 2000 years old.
You know you are in the middle of the jungle when you get leeches on your feet while entering a temple, hahaha.
RAWANA WATER FALLS
Stopped at these water falls on my way to Marissa this morning as I did not get time yesterday. Apparently it is one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka and is 25 metres high. Standing beneath the falls is a surreal feeling as you get so close you can almost touch the water.