Wondering how to get from Colombo airport to Ella? Ella, a small town tucked away among the mist-shrouded hills. Surrounded by cloud forests and tea plantations, at an elevation of 1,041 meters it is a place where you should go to escape the heat of Sri Lankan plains and coastal regions.
The lush green hills are famous for the abundance of waterfalls, which lent the name to the town of Ella. In the Sinhala language, “ella” means “waterfall”. Most notable of these waterfalls is certainly the Ravana Falls.
According to the Indian epic Ramayana, this where the legendary king Ravana has hidden princes Sita, in a cave behind the waterfall. And tourists can visit the nearby Ravana Cave.
For nature and hiking lovers, Ella is a place where Ella Rock and Little Adam’s Peak are situated. Two very popular hiking spots which provide stunning views of the surrounding hills.
The area around Ella has a very rich flora and fauna, and many tea plantations and factories where you can purchase or drink some of the best tea in the world.
One of the best-known attractions of Ella is the Nine Arches Bridge. A train viaduct bridge, 91 meters long and 24 meters high, attracts flocks of tourists due to its picturesque appearance among the lushly green hills.
Private Taxi from Colombo Airport to Ella
From Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport to Ella there is 239 kilometers. The most convenient way to travel this distance is by hiring a private taxi.
This three hours and 45 minutes trip is most comfortable to travel in the pleasant atmosphere of an air conditioned vehicle. Hiring a private taxi will give you the flexibility of embarking on your trip to Ella when you wish to do so.
If you want as soon as you leave the BIA airport, your driver will be waiting for you.
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- Taxi duration is 3 hours 45 minutes.
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Transfers from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport to Ella By Train
Traveling by train from BIA to Ella is possible, but due to lack of a direct line, two changes of transport are required.
To embark on the train trip you first need to get to a train station. Most convenient is the Katunayaka South railway station some 2.5 kilometers from the airport.
You can reach it either by taxi, tuk-tuk or by boarding 187 line bus at Katunayake bus stop or Katunayake Airport Bus Station, which are located around a kilometer from the airport or almost halfway to the railway station you wish to reach.
187 line buses depart every 20 or so minutes the almost whole day. From the Katunayaka South railway station, there are 15 departures to Ragama on the weekdays.
The first being at 0520 and the last at 2025. On Saturdays, there are nine departures, with the first being at the same time as on workdays, while the last one is at 1928.
On Sundays, there are six departures, with the first one being also at the same time, but the last departure of the day is at 1846.
Once you arrive at Ragama, you can board the train for Ella. Daily there are for departures for Badulla that stop at Ella, they depart at 0618, 0851, 1007, and 2025.
- Train duration is around 9 hours (excluding the wait time in Ragama).
- Train cost is Adult single tickets from €4.
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Transfer from Colombo Airport to Ella By Bus
Traveling by bus from Colombo Airport to Ella is similarly complicated as by train for the same reason, lack of a direct line.
The first step is similar to traveling by train, you need to reach either Katunayake bus stop or Katunayake Airport Bus Station.
They are 900 meters and 1.1 kilometers, respectively, away from the airport, and you can reach them either on foot, by taxi or tuk-tuk.
There you should catch a line 187 bus and ride it to the Colombo Bastian Mawatha bus terminal. Line 187 buses run every 20 or so minutes.
At Colombo Bastian Mawatha bus terminal you should embar either on a line 98/9 for Bibila, 99 for Badulla, or 99/8 for Monaragala bus, all three are passing through Ella. The 98/9 departs every day at 2100, 99 every day at 2200, 2300, 2320 and 2359; and 99/8 every day at 2020.
- Bus duration is Around 7 hours (excluding the wait time at Colombo).
- Bus price is Adult single tickets from €6.