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Sunrise hike to Ella Rock

Ella, Sri Lanka

Experience hosted by Akalanka

6 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people
Includes food, drinks, transportation, and equipment

What you'll do

This is an opportunity to tick few wishes from your bucket list.
It's not just about enjoy the peaceful sunrise from the top of Ella rock and I'm not here just to show you the directions.
We will start this hiking from Ella town at 3:30 in the morning.
We will walk along a railway for 2km and will start hiking from that point on.
Sunrise will happen around 6am and the plan is to get there before the down. Hike doesn't take 2:30h, We will be having a peaceful walk sharing stories about the country and culture rather than rushing it to the top. If it's not near to the full moon, then I know the darkest spots in town for stargazing.
Once we reach to the top you can enjoy it peacefully because the spot we are going to will be less crowded than little Adams or any other peak in Ella town.
Day time is all about flora and fauna.
I come from a family where one of my grand father is a Sinhala doctor for snack bites and the other is a hunter. I grow up with them in a village near to the largest rain forest in SEA. So I'm a natural when it comes to spotting birds and explaining plants. We have access to a tiny tree house with the view of Kithalella waterfall . Plan is to be back in town by 9:30-10. Depend on my availability for the rest of the day secret waterfalls, underground caves with ponds in them and visit to other attractions in town is possible. Those will be for an added cost.
Other things to note
Will provide a free pickup by tuk tuk if you stay close to downtown (2km range from the meeting point)
Usually it doesn't rain in the morning.
You doesn't need to be adventures to try this & there are no leaches.
If its not available for your preferred date contact me.
This is an opportunity to tick few wishes from your bucket list.
It's not just about enjoy the peaceful sunrise from the top of Ella rock and I'm not here just to show you the directions.
We will start this hiking from Ella town at 3:30 in the morning.
We will walk along a railway for 2km and will start hiking from that point on.
Sunrise will happen around 6am and the plan is to get there before the down. Hike doesn't take 2:…

What's included

  • Food
    Will provide a sandwich (Chicken or Veg) at the top.
  • Drinks
    Packet of molted drink (Milo) or Ice coffee (Nescafe)
  • Transportation
    If you are staying withing 2km range from the meeting point, I'll provide a...
  • Equipment
    Headlamps for the night hike

Meet your host, Akalanka

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 199 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am The Travel Monkey
Wild camping and adventures are my thing.
If you are looking to visit places that no one else have been to, or in a way that no one else been to, Monkey can take you there.
I was part of this world's largest student exchange program AIESEC and that's where I had my cross cultural exposure and unlocked my passion for traveling.
I started this cool camping concept called Sky Camping Lanka and quit my boring Finance Job to live the life I love.
Graduated in BSc Accounting.
Licensed Gem Trader and qualified in gem colour grading.
Once the social media strategist of Lion beer
From the city of gems (Ratnapura).
Hiking / Wild life/ Wild camping/ Exploring underground caves of Sri Lanka/ Waterfall expeditions and canyoning. That sums up my everyday life.
I bet you will like the monkey way of travelling.
I am The Travel Monkey
Wild camping and adventures are my thing.
If you are looking to visit places that no one else have been to, or in a way that no one else been to, Monkey can take you there.
I was part of this world's largest student exchange program AIESEC and that's where I had my cross cultural exposure and unlocked my passion for traveling.
I started this cool camping concept called Sky Camping Lanka and quit my boring Finance Job to live the life I love.
Gra…
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From $25
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Where you'll be

Sunrise from the top of Ella Rock.
Few viewpoints along the way.
2km walk along the railway.

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 199 reviews.

Kirsty
March 2020
Our hike with Akalanka was one of the highlights of our trip to Sri Lanka. Aka is extremely knowledgeable about wildlife and we enjoyed him pointing out birds, animals, insects and plants that we wouldn’t have noticed on our own. Aka also shared information about his upbringing and Sri Lankan culture which we really appreciated. The sunrise was spectacular. When he found out it was one of our birthdays, Akalanka phoned a friend and arranged for a “birthday coconut” with a candle in it at one of the stalls on the railway line which was really thoughtful. Would definitely recommend doing this experience.
Our hike with Akalanka was one of the highlights of our trip to Sri Lanka. Aka is extremely knowledgeable about wildlife and we enjoyed him pointing out birds, animals, insects and…
Sheri
March 2020
This experience was perfect. Above all, Aka is super super friendly and passionate about nature and his hikes. The 6 hours flew by and we had a great journey to the top of Ella Rock. I’m not a very active person but Aka made sure I was OK at all times and we really enjoyed it. He provided a delicious sandwich at the top, as well as a Sri Lankan chocolate bar! Aka is also a great photographer and pointed out perfect locations for the photos too - we’ve got some beautiful souvenirs from the hike. We loved hearing his stories and asking him questions about Sri Lanka and other topics. He also helped us find a trusted driver to take us to our next destination. Really really recommend this experience. Thank you Aka!
This experience was perfect. Above all, Aka is super super friendly and passionate about nature and his hikes. The 6 hours flew by and we had a great journey to the top of Ella Roc…
Barbara
March 2020
We had a really wonderful experience. Akalanka knows a lot about the nature and the Historie of Sri Lanka. The breakfast was really great. He is also taking pictures of you. Definitely would do it again.
Saska
March 2020
Aka was a wonderful guide and exceeded our expectations. The guy has an immensive amount of knowledge about the local fauna and we saw many interesting things on our hike, which made it special from many others.
Gracielynne
March 2020
I had done this hike before with my husband 5 years ago without a guide and can only say that Akalanka brought a unique experience to the journey up Ella rock. Other than guiding us through paths where stars were best observed, Akalanka brought his knowledge of the surrounding nature, narrating the history of ella, the flora and fauna, sri lankan culture and traditions throughout our experience with him. I highly recommend this experience with Akalanka - for he is not just a guide, but a storyteller and has the likings of a David Attenborough (ella style) :)
I had done this hike before with my husband 5 years ago without a guide and can only say that Akalanka brought a unique experience to the journey up Ella rock. Other than guiding u…
Nick
March 2020
Very very very happy in deciding to book this. Just the trek to the top (and to a location that’s not that typical place people go) is worth it in itself. Aka was a great guide and provided a lot of local insights that I wouldn’t have known otherwise doing the hike alone. It seems early but the time goes by fast. Best experience I had while on my trip to Sri Lanka. Book it!!
Very very very happy in deciding to book this. Just the trek to the top (and to a location that’s not that typical place people go) is worth it in itself. Aka was a great guide and…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 15 and up can attend.

What to bring

Drinking water

Small backpack 10-30L