Ella, Sri Lanka

Caitlin Jean Russell

Of all the places we visited in Sri Lanka, Ella was the strangest combination of the most tourist concentrated and the most peaceful place we visited. When I initially started to plan our trip, Ella was one of the locations that struck me as one of the most incredible and untouched landscapes I had ever seen, and I knew I had to visit it.

After several days of safari in Yala National Park, we took the local bus from Tissamaharama to Ella. If you intend on visiting Sri Lanka, I cannot recommend the local bus enough as a mode of transport. The buses span the entire country, something you will be incredibly surprised by when you see both the sheer size and age of them. The buses are an experience; five seats per row and everyone packed in to them. The bus barely stops for people to jump on and…

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