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Review of Ella Rock

Ella Rock
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USD 70.00*
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Private Guided Hike to Ella Rock
Ranked #2 of 32 things to do in Ella
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Medium difficulty hike taking around 4hrs for the round trip including rest stops. Yes you can do it without a guide if you want but we found going with a guide extremely informative and fun. He was full of interesting local knowledge and once at the top we also visited a hidden shrine and another view point which had we gone on our own we would have missed out on. Personally we thought having a guide was well worth the 2000 rupees as it added much to the overall experience. Breathtaking views at the top, rugged walking and much better than just following a path or climbing stairs (Adams peak and little Adams peak), a proper hike. This is well worth the effort. Leave Ella around 7 am (or earlier if you want to see sunrise) so that you avoid the hottest part of the day while hiking. :0)))

1  Thank Eddy B
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Confusing as expected, but eventually made it to the top. Don't worry too much because you will see a lot of people as confused as you, just enjoy the adventure!

2  Thank MichelleMeow
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

The reviews scared me a little difficulty-wise! I’m pretty fit but don’t like rocky downhill hikes as I’ve sprained my ankle so many times!

We hired a guide through our guesthouse (at 2-3000 rupees for 3 of us it seemed crazy not to - why have the stress of finding the way when you can relax, enjoy the walk and contribute a little bit to a local worker at the same time?! They’re just trying to make a living like everyone else at the end of the day!) He took us in his tuk tuk to the train station where we started our hike.... left our guesthouse at 5am, hone by 8am! Watching the sunrise was so lovely. Beautiful views and wasn’t busy at the top!

Yes it a bit steep at the top, you get a bit out of breath but the reviews make it sound much worse than it is! On the way down I just took it easy, no problems! Great feeling when you reach the top!

Thank Jenn8London
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We were lucky enough to have our accom hist guide us to the top eventhough it was his day off. We did come across a guy almost to the top, doing the climb on his own, saying he was going off google maps so i guess using a guide or not is really up to you.
We went in the morning so cant comment on crowds. Takes about an hour or so to get to the top.
Views are amazing. Totally worth the climb

Thank Le N
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

This is a great walk and despite all of the comments about the route being hard to find, it isn’t! It’s the scammers who deliberately misinform you and lead you a complicated way in order to make you think you need to keep them as a guide.
The scammers wait in a group just after the (a little scary if you’re afraid of heights) railway bridge crossing which is about 30-mins from Ella train station. They sit just above a path to the left which has a little shop selling water visible from the tracks. Even though we had downloaded a guide that said we needed to walk on for a further 10-mins on the train tracks (past the little train station called Kital Ella), we were sucked in by the very genuine lady telling us that Ella Rock was a left turn here. Which we did.
We followed this path for about 10-mins through some overgrowth at times only to be caught up by a local person saying we were going the wrong way and to follow them to get to the right path. This guy looked so honest and genuine that we followed him back. He then proceeded to take us an a very complicated (& longer as we later discovered) route through the tea plantations until we came out about 25 mins from the top and hit the very obvious real path. We then had the necessary haggle about him wanting paying etc.... quite a few people were in the same boat as we carried on.
On the way back, we followed the path easily and came out on the tracks exactly where we were headed for before we were misinformed about the route. On the way back on the tracks....sure enough, there was our guy - in a change of clothes - waiting for his next target alongside several others.
Ella Rock was amazing and the walk was one of the best we’ve done in Sri Lanka so would highly recommend but just watch out for the scam; it’s very believable!!

1  Thank HappyTraveller370001
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