The area has a rich bio-diversity, dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Ella is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations. The town has a cooler climate than the surrounding lowlands, due to its elevation. The Ella Gap allows views across the southern plains of Sri Lanka. On a sunny morning, you can even see the glow from the lighthouses along the southern coast.
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. It’s usually no problem getting a seat in 2nd/3rd class going to Colombo or Kandy, as the trains from Badulla are quite empty until reaching Nanu Oya. However, the reverse is true going up to Ella and it can be quite crowded until the last 2 or 3 hours of the journey. Ella’s railway station itself is prettily quaint. many travellers visit Ella by train.
In Ella, one can experience a deep sense of serenity, setting an ideal condition to relax and be present in the moment.