Have fun as a family.

Why not do some things you’ve never done before and experience those wonderful moments of here and now that come with high adventure. How about a mountain biking tour though the jungle to a local village and warm hospitality? Maybe help harvest wild bee honey. Or plough the paddy fields with the cows. Or not.

Ella Jungle Resort has created the perfect environment for you and your children to bond and spend time together in the pure, goodness of nature. With limited phone signal, and limited internet signal to distract them, your family members can experience the adventure of the jungle together and learn about the trees, the birds, the insects, the animals and the rivers of our natural environment right here at Ella Jungle Resort.


There’s waterfall adventures, high rope course, low rope course, zipper line, toddy tappers’ walk and monkey rope – all thrilling adventure experiences available right here at the resort. You’ll be assisted by our expert facilitators and guides as required because your safety is taken seriously here at Ella Jungle Resort.

We specialise in at-height adventures in the jungle

Warakara Waterfall Nature Trek


Warakara waterfall is located near the border of Ella Jungle resort. To reach it you’ll have a wonderfull twenty minute trek through the jungle.

At the top of the waterfall is a most exotic natural pool. It’s irresistable. So have a swim and kick back.

It’s a good idea to begin your trek between 7 am and 8 am – because it is super bird watching at that time.

You are almost guaranteed to see new bird/ animal species you’ve never seen before (unless you live in Sri Lanka). So if you have binoculars or a good camera with zoom be sure to bring them along with you.

You should be back at the resort by lunchtime with an appetite for our vegetarian cuisine. Enjoy.

Rate per person: USD 15

Adventure Activity Package – at the Resort


Zip Line: You’ll slide down a steel cable about 80 meters to the ground below. You’ll cross the river on the way down. Wow.

Downward Rope walk: You’ll walk backwards down a rock face holding on to a 40 foot rope.
Toddy Tapper: You’ll walk (pictured) on a single rope with both hands holding on to another rope above to gain stability. Again, wow.

It’s advisable to slide your feet along the way rather than normal walking on the Toddy Tapper. The rope is approximately 25 feet high and 35 feet long.
All activities and equipment at the resort are safety checked on a regular basis. Our expert facilitators will ensure your safety.
Rate per person: USD 15

Warakara Waterfall Nature & Adventure Trek


Warakara waterfall is located near the border of Ella Jungle resort. To reach it you’ll have a wonderfull twenty minute trek.

Halfway up to the waterfall you can participate in some hair-raising adventure activities like canyoning and our confidence jump. How about a short safe slide down the waterfall into the pool?
To ensure your safety we insist that one of our facilitators be with you during these activities.

At the top of the waterfall is a most exotic natural pool. Have a swim and kick back. Have a snack and maybe a short snooze. Listen to that waterfall … wonderful.

It’s a good idea to begin your trek between 7 am and 8 am – super bird watching at this time. However you can go whenever you please as long as our trekking guides are available. And most always, they are.
Rate per person: USD 30

Meditation & Music Therapy at Polgahaamuna

You don’t have to do Meditatiion or Music therapy but if you want to be sure to advise us which you prefer and we will arrange an expert to be on hand.

Polgahaamuna waterfall is one of the finest exotic waterfalls in Sri Lanka. Located at the edge of Ella Jungle Resort, it comprises three beautiful waterfall views and natural pools.

Of course there are decks arranged for Yoga, Meditation and Music. Or just for being. Not this or that, just being.
During the trek you will pass many beautiful paddy fields, streams and trees. You will even encounter a Bodhi Tree. Like the one the Buddha sat under. No, not THE one, but one similar.

Sit under it for a while. Hey, you never know.
Rate per person: USD 25

Bird Watching at Ella Jungle

Ella is internationally popular among bird watchers because there are a variety of endemic species you will surely encounter.

We supply the binoculars if you don’t have a pair.
Look for Hornbills (pictured) Peacocks, Woodpeckers, Babblers, Barbets, Flycatchers, Minivit, Chestnut Headed Bee-Eaters and Hill Mynas.

Ella Jungle Resort offers bird watching treks with the assistance of a local naturalist who knows our birds and where to locate them.

It’s best to start the watching early morning (6 am) or early evening (4:30 pm) as this is the best time to see so many endemic species.

Bird watching at Ella Jungle Resort lasts 45 minutes or so. Or much longer if you really get into it and our guess is, you will.
Rate per person: USD 15

For the adventure seeker we have 5 waterfalls to visit

We are in the process of setting up abseiling .

We’re not surprised to hear that these negative ions are said to appear in greater number around plants, trees and to a larger extent around rivers and waterfalls. Not surprised because we know how good it feels to be right here in the jungle amid the plants and the waterfalls.

Whether or not it’s negative ions that are responsible for the good feelings you get here, no matter. It’s a good feeling.
Rate per person: USD 20

Trek to Illukpalassa Village & Experience

Our premium jungle trek starts just after breakfast and covers many exotic locations at the resort. It includes a long trek through deep jungle.

There’s also a river crossing and paddy fields along the way. You’ll also encounter an ancient Buddhist temple and a local school.

Your goal: to reach a jungle village called Illuckpallassa. You’ll see how Sri Lankan rural village life operates and also experience some great hospitality. Be sure to have a fresh coconut drink at the village … on us. If you have selected our lunch option you will be delighted by the delicious village cuisine served up.

You’ll eventually reach an exotic natural pool and have an opportunity to swim and enjoy a refreshment. You’ll return by another jungle path which takes only thirty minutes. What a trek!

Rate per person: USD 35 With lunch USD 50

4 WD Tour to Ella Sightseeing

First, you will visit the majestic Ravana Ella (Ravana Falls) It is located near the village of Udunuwara and 7km from the Resort.

You’ll see Ravana Cave, 1,370 meters above sea level. It is believed to be one of several places where Rawana hid a lovely Indian Princess Sita after abducting her. Recently a 20,000 year old skull was discovered in the cave.

Then on to Ella gap – a deep 3,000 ft. valley which frames an incredible view reaching as far as Yala National Park. On a really clear day the lighthouse at Hambantota can be seen – yes, that’s the ocean down there.

Your last stop is Little Adam’s Peak – part of the Ella mountain range. It is located about 2 km from Ella town. From this location Kataragama and Hambantota beach, which are hundreds of kilometers away, can be seen.
Rate per person: USD 60

4WD Tour to Monaragala Archeological sites

Monaragala, meaning the ‘rock of peacock landing’, is a district in UVA Province and Bedecked with historic places and pilgrimage sites.

On this tour you will visit five archeological sites. The first, Rakkitha Kanda, consists of historic monuments: dripping caves,Brahmin inscriptions, cave temples, paintings, sculptures and
even a stupa.

Next is the Buduruwagala – a seven figured carving with a massive 51 foot Buddha statue at the centre – now considered the tallest in the world.

Then on to Yudaganawa – where the battle between Prince Dutugemunu and his brother took place after the death of their father, the King.

Next is Chulangani Viharaya – It ‘s a smaller 12th century stupa by the side of the road.

Last stop is Maligawila, site of several important archaeological artifacts, including 2 free-standing 11 and 12 meter statues of Buddha.
Rate per person: USD 120

4WD Tour to Badulla Archaeological Sites

The main heritage sites in and around Badulla are the ancient Muthiyangana temple, the Dowa temple, the Bogoda ancient wooden bridge and the Buddhist temple.

Muthiyangana temple is located in the centre of Badulla city and is 52kms from the Ella Jungle Resort and is also one of the 16 sacred places of Buddhist worship in Sri Lanka. Folklore has it that a sweat drop of the Buddha was transformed into a pearl and is enshrined in this temple.

The Dowa rock temple is dates back to BC and considered a Mahayana (main existing branches of Buddhism) sculpture.
The temple was built safely inside a ring of mountains. A beautiful river flows across the plateau. Hence, the area earned the name Dowa. It is believed the temple bears a history dating back about 2,000 years. In the olden days the Dowa Temple was known as the Kumbaltissa Ariyagala Vehera.

Bogoda Bridge is the only roofed 16th century Kandyan bridge left in Sri Lanka. Near the bridge is a 1st century Buddhist temple. It was constructed entirely of wood with massive tree trunks for buttresses. Amazingly, no nails
were used in the construction.

Next stop is Demodara Nine Arch Bridge – a beautiful and amazing bridge built between two railway stations – Ella and Demodara – during the British colonial period.

Last stop is Demodara Railway Loop – designed and built during the British colonial period in the shape of a turban – a unique feature in the hill country. The rail track goes around the mountain in a loop and then trough a tunnel beneath the Demodara Railway Station. Great fun.
Rate per person: USD 90

4WD Tour to Horton Plains & Trek to World’s End

Horton Plains is the only national park situated in the Hill Country.The peaks of the second and the third highest in Sri Lanka, are situated here.

Nature lovers will love this wide, Patna-grass covered plain. The plains, which are interspersed with small patches of forest, are home to many wild animals including, leopards, sambur and monkeys.

This is also one of the top destinations for birders who can observe an impressive bird life, including some endemic species.

The most dramatic feature of the park is ‘World’s End’ where the plateau comes to an abrupt end and drops nearly 1000 m. The view is magnificent on a clear day.

Baker’s Falls is situated in the park on a tributary of the Belihul Oya. The height of Baker’s Fall is 20 metres. The falls were named after Sir Samuel Baker, a famous British explorer.
Rate per person: USD 120

Sightseeing at Poonagala Mountain Range

Poonagala Mountain range ran through the southern wall of the central range of mountain in Sri Lanka and can access via Bandarawela or Koslanda.

Lipton’s Seat and Pilkinton Point offer two of the best views in Sri Lanka. Lipton’s Seat gets its name from the famous tea planter Sir Thomas Lipton who used this seat to survey the surrounding region for his expanding tea plantations.

To get to Lipton’s Seat you’ll walk 3.5 km through rich tea plantations. So beautiful. For a broad, clear view, it is recommended that you arrive before 10.00 am. Damn clouds arrive shortly thereafter.

On the way you will also encounter St. Catherines Seat which provides a magnificent, stunning view of Bandarawela, Diyatalawa and the Uva valley. And what about the great tea here? Do you get any? Of course you do. Enjoy.
Rate per person: USD 100

4 WD Tour to Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay is one of the world’s top ten surf destinations. It is situated on the east coast of Sri Lanka and 133km away from Ella Jungle Resort.

If you are into wind-surfing, rafting, fishing or swimming, Arugambay is for you.

Beyond surfing there are many things to do: lagoon tour, bird watching, elephant watching, Kumana National Park, Kudumpigala monarchy and many ancient ruins & archaeological sites.

There are not only surfers but also many nature lovers visiting Arugam Bay. Nature abounds here where the ocean meets the beach. Keep your camera handy.

The bay hosts a large fleet of fishing boats which operate off the beach – many organizations donated boats after the tsunami and as a result there are far more fishing boats than ever before.

Enjoy your lunch at the very cool Surfing Hotel at Arugambay. And watch the surfers hang ten.
Rate per person: USD 120

4WD Tour to Udu Diyaluma Waterfall

Diyaluma waterfall, in Badulla district, is Sri Lanka`s most beautiful waterfall and the second highest (220m). It is also the 361st highest waterfall in the world.

It will take you about 20 minutes to trek to the falls over a dry rocky river bed. No problem.

The waterfall is formed by Punagala Oya. The Diyaluma waterfall flows towards Kirindi Oya under a bridge on the highway from Beragala to Wellawaya.

The amount of water is so great during the rainy season that it falls from head to foot with no intermediate cascade whatsoever. What a sight to see.

Legend has it that the gods created this waterfall to weep forever over a tragic, princely love affair gone bad. Bummer.
Rate per person: USD 75

4WD Tour to Wisari Ella Falls

The Wisari Ella, also known as the Alikola Oya North falls, lies hidden deep inside the mountains of Uva province and only 3 km from the Ella Jungle Resort.

The 20 meter high waterfalls are formed by the Punagala and Alikola Rivers, which flow from the Maha Kande mountain’s eastern slope. The falls flow into the Kirindi Oya.

We’ll park near a paddy field where the vehicle can be stopped and turned around. From here you’ll walk about 500 meters on a walkway which has been recently built by the local government body for your convenience.

There’s no hard climbing – your mini trek passes through small vegetable plots, tea plantations, jungle and some interesting caves.

The path ends at the bottom of the falls and a viewing platform has been built for a fabulous view of the waterfall. Get wet.
Rate per person: USD 35

4WD Tour to Dunhinda Falls

Dunhinda Falls is located about 48 kms from Ella Jungle Resort. The falls are one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful.

It’s an easy 25 minute walk to the waterfall. But you will have to cross a wobbly Indiana Jones style suspension bridge to get there. So cool.

210 feet (64 m) high, it gets its name from the “smoky dew drops” spray below – “Dun” in Sinhala means mist or smoke which surrounds the area at the foot of the waterfall.

The fall’s source is the river Badulu Oya which meanders through Badulla town. Below Dunhinda there are three major dams: Randenigala, Rantambe and Victoria. They generate most of Sri Lanka’s electricity.

You’ll enjoy your picnic lunch overlooking the waterfall but you will have to speak quite loudly to be heard.
Rate per person: USD 100

Cycling tour to Ella Sightseeing

First, you will cycle to the majestic Ravana Ella (Ravana Falls) It is located near the village of Udunuwara. This will take about half an hour.

Then on to Ravana Cave, 1,370 meters above sea level – about a 15 minute ride. You will have to climb approx. 700 steps to reach the cave. Phew. The cave is connected to many tunnels believed
to have been made by Ravana himself.

It is believed to be one of several places where Rawana hid a lovely Indian Princess Sita after abducting her. Recently a 20,000 year old skull was discovered in the cave. Wow.

Then just a short cycle to Ella gap – a deep 3,000 ft. valley which frames an incredible view reaching as far as Yala National Park.

On a really clear day the lighthouse at Hambantota can be seen – yes, that’s the ocean way over there.
Rate per person: USD 35

Cycling to Buduruwagala and Hadapangala

Buduruwagala Archaeological site is about 5 km past Wellawaya on the Thanamalwila road. You will be downhill most of the way. Nice.

The name Buduruwagala means “the rock with the statue of Buddha” And this is exactly what it is. Seven figures are carved in this rock plus a massive 51 foot Buddha statue.

Although there is no documented information about this site in the ancient scriptures, different historians have dated these statues from the 6th century to the late Anuradhapura period (between the 8th and 10th century). These carvings are in the Mahayana Buddhist style and belong to the Pallawa Sri Lankan art tradition.

Next stop is the Handapanagala Reservoir. It has a length of 9.2 kilometers and borders on Lunugamvehera National park. From here we will 4WD you back to the resort.

Rate per person: USD 45

Cycling to Rakkitha Kanda and Kurulangala

Just 3 km from the resort, you’ll arrive at the Rakkitha Kanda archeological site. It consists of prehistoric and historic monuments like drip ledge caves, paintings etc.,

Next you’ll trek straight up 7 km to Kurulangala where you can see historical rock paintings. Kurullan means birds in English.

The belief is that two birds protect the paintings with a horrible ear-piercing sound. So take your earplugs just in case.

From Kurulangala there is a panoramaic view of the mountains below.

It is recommended you begin your trek before sunrise so you will have to leave the resort around 5 am. But you will take our 4WD back to the resort.
Rate per person: USD 45

Cycling to Ellawala Waterfall

Ellawalla Cycling trek is one of our most popular cycling treks for two reasons. First, it is almost entirely downhill and you will return uphill by our 4WD vehicle. Yes.

Second, it provides many unforgettable experiences like village life, paddy fields, rivers, amazing views and a beautiful waterfall.

To get to the waterfall you will trek 1.5 km through dense jungle, rocky river beds and fast flowing streams. It’s fabulous but please … be careful.

Villagers use the water from the falls for just about everything so please don’t use it as your toilet facility.
You can bathe in the waterfall’s natural pool and during the trip you can study Sri Lankan village life and enjoy a coconut drink, on us.
Rate per person: USD 25

Kayaking at Buduruwagala Reservoir

The reservoir is located beside Buduruwagala Archaeological site and 34 km far from the Ella Jungle Resort and famous for local fishery and bird watching area.

Our guide will lead you to the island inside the reservoir providing the opportunity to do some serious bird watching. There are hundreds there.

During your expedition we can also 4WD you to the famous Buduruwagala Archeological site which is nearby. It’s fabulous. The name Buduruwagala means “the rock with the statue of Buddha” And this is exactly what it is. Seven figures are carved in this rock plus a massive 51 foot Buddha statue.

Although there is no documented information about this site in the ancient scriptures, different historians have dated these statues from the 6th century to the late Anuradhapura period (between the 8th and 10th century).
Rate per person: USD 45

4WD Wildlife Safari to Lunugamvehera Park

Lunugamvehera National Park is located 63 km from Ella Jungle Resort and The park is an important habitat for water birds and elephants and also serves as a corridor for elephants to migrate between Yala and Udawalawe.

43 species of mammals have been recorded at the park. But elephants are the main attraction along with Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Wild Buffalos, Giant Squirrel, Palm cat, Grey, Brown and Striped-necked Mongoose and Sloth Bear. Leopards are also recorded but rarely seen.

184 species of birds have been recorded in the park. Recently the Marshall’s Lora, which was never recorded in Sri Lanka before, was seen nesting here. Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Sri Lanka Woodshrike, Sri Lanka Brown-capped Babble
and the Grey Hornbill are endemics you might encounter.

Mugger Crocodiles, Green Garden Lizards, Waterand Land Monitors, Indian Python, Indian Cobra and Russell’s viper have also been recorded.
Rate per person: USD 85

4WD Wildlife Safari to Yala National Park

Yala National Park is the most visited national park in Sri Lanka. Spread over an area of 1260 square kilometers, only one fifth of the area is open to visitors. Four-fifths is a reserve.

A total of 32 species of mammals have been recorded including the Sloth Bear, Leopard,
Elephant, Water Buffalo, Wild boar, Spotted Deer, Sambar and Golden Jackal.

Leopards can be seen throughout the park, though the best time to see them is January through July.

Over 130 species of birds have been recorded. There are Lesser Flamingos, Pelicans, Spoonbills, Painted Storks, rare Black Necked Storks, Grey Herons, Purple Herons, Night Herons and Darters.

Reptiles include Mugger Crocodile, Estuarine Crocodile and Common Monitor. Other reptiles include Cobra and Russel’s Viper. There is also a wide variety of turtles.
Rate per person: USD 110

4WD Wildlife Safari at Udawalawe National Park

Uda Walwe National Park is the best place in Asia to see herds of Asian elephants. The park was set up in 1972 to provide them sanctuary. The best time to see them is dawn or dusk.

The park is home to jungle cat, sloth bear, porcupine,
pangolin, macaque, langur, jackal, leopard, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, mongoose, bandicoot, fox giant flying squirrel, water buffalo, crocodile & water monitor lizard.

Among aquatic birds are cormorants, kingfishers, herons & Indian darters. Endemic species include Spur Fowl, Jungle Fowl, the Malabar Pied Hornbill & the rare Red-Faced Malkoha. Among the raptors (birds of prey) are Crested Serpent, Hawk, Fish Eagles, Brahminy, Black-Winged Kites, & the lovely White-Bellied Sea-Eagle.

With 189 species recorded in a single day, a keen eye could spot no less than 100.
Rate per person: USD 95

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