Ella, Sri Lanka

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View from Ella across the valleys
View from Ella across the valleys
Ella is located in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 6°52′31″N 81°2′18″E / 6.87528°N 81.03833°E / 6.87528; 81.03833Coordinates: 6°52′31″N 81°2′18″E / 6.87528°N 81.03833°E / 6.87528; 81.03833
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceUva Province
 • Total44,763[1]
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+6 (Summer time)

Ella (Sinhala: ඇල්ල; Lit. "water fall"; Tamil: எல்ல) is a small town in the Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka governed by an Urban Council. It is approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) east of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 1,041 metres (3,415 ft) above sea level.[2] 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 surrounding lowlands, due to its elevation. The Ella Gap allows views across the southern plains of Sri Lanka.[3]


Ella Railway Station


Located on the Colombo-Badulla railway line, and the A16 highway (Beragala-Hali Ela) a part of the Colombo-Badulla road.


Ella railway station is the 75th station on the Main Line and is located 271.03 km (168.41 mi) from Colombo. The station has one platform and all trains running on the Main Line stop at the station. The station opened in July 1918.[4]


Notable government institutions are :

  • Police station
  • Railway station
  • Main post office



Ethnicity Population[5] % Of Total
Sinhalese 29,822 66.62
Indian Tamils 12,084 27
Sri Lankan Tamils 802 1.8
Sri Lankan Moors 1,994 4.45
Other (including Burgher, Malay) 61 0.14
Total 44,763 100

Post and telephone[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brinkhoff, Thomas (13 October 2012). "Ella (Divisional Secretariat)". City Population. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Ella". Sri Lanka Heritages Foundation. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  3. ^ Cook, Elsie Kathleen (1953). Ceylon: Its Geography, Its Resources and Its People. MacMillan. p. 90.
  4. ^ Perera, G. F. (1925). The Ceylon Railway: The Story of Its Inception and Progress. Ceylon Observer. p. 284.
  5. ^ "Population by ethnicity and district according to Divisional Secretary's Division, 2012" (PDF). Department of Census and Statistics - Sri Lanka. 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2016.

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