Special Interest

Ella in Sri Lanka

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.

Ella has all the best parts of Sri Lanka rolled into one: beautiful jungle mountains, rolling tea plantations, and epic waterfalls.

Ella is an enchanting mountain town in Sri Lanka that has quickly become a must-visit destination. Read on for the best places to visit in Ella and where to stay! Ella in Sri Lanka is every bit as bewitching as the name suggests.

Blue Water Pond

In the mountains of Ella, Sri Lanka, an unimpressive hole in the ground is actually a part of a larger cave system known as Ravana's Caves and contains a little-known and stunning underground blue-water lake.

Nildiya Pokuna, located at a distance of 13.3 km from the Ella, is a great place to have an adventurous experience. Legend has it that King Rawana brought Sita from India and kept her in a very comfortable and very safe place. Many believe that the site is now a ruined underground palace complex filled with blue water. This is a very risky, well worth the trip. You too can have this experience as soon as possible, but do not ruin the place.

Ravana Falls or Bambaragala Falls is a huge waterfall that can be seen on the Ella-Wellawaya road in the Badulla District. Thousands of acres of rock formations in the background of the waterfall and the surrounding area are associated with the history of King Rawana. It is also said that there is evidence to support many of these stories. The Ravana Raja Maha Viharaya near the Ravana Falls and the cave near it which is considered to be the residence of King Rawana also give evidence of historical stories.

Gas Balloons

A gas balloon is a balloon that rises and floats in the air because it is filled with a gas lighter than air (such as helium or hydrogen). When not in flight, it is tethered to prevent it from flying away and is sealed at the bottom to prevent the escape of gas. A gas balloon may also be called a Charlière for its inventor, the Frenchman Jacques Charles. Today, familiar gas balloons include large blimps and small latex party balloons.

For nearly 200 years, well into the 20th century, manned balloon flight utilized gas balloons before hot-air balloons became dominant. Without power, heat or fuel, untethered flights of gas balloons depended on the skill of the pilot. Gas balloons have greater lift for a given volume, so they do not need to be so large, and they can stay up for much longer than hot air balloons.

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