As you plan your trip to Sri Lanka, make sure to include Ella in your itinerary. This charming town nestled in the breathtaking mountains of central Sri Lanka has gained popularity for its scenic train ride. However, there’s a hidden gem in Ella that offers so much more to discover amidst the mesmerizing natural beauty. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure at the enchanting Ella Jungle Resort!
Surrender to Nature’s Embrace
Tucked away deep within the jungle, the Ella Jungle Resort lives up to its name. Concealed from sight, the resort is located on sacred grounds alongside the Kirindi Oya River, surrounded by 150 acres of tropical forests, rice fields, and cascading waterfalls. The setting is nothing short of sublime.
Reaching the resort is an adventure in itself. As you arrive at the resort’s café, aptly named the Cafe on the Bend, you’re greeted with breathtaking panoramas. From there, you embark on a journey down the resort’s private road in a 4×4 safari jeep. Hold on tight as the jeep transports you to a landing area. Here, you’re faced with two unique options to reach the resort – a suspension bridge or a cable car. These distinctive arrival methods set the stage for an incredible adventure at the Ella Jungle Resort.
Sacred Grounds and Serene Accommodation
Once you arrive, nature completely envelops you. The only sounds you’ll hear are the gentle rapids of the nearby river, the occasional caw of peacocks, and the symphony of other natural sounds. Monkeys, lizards, squirrels, and a variety of birds become your companions during your stay, creating a harmonious connection with the environment.
The resort features wooden main buildings with open-air pavilions, serving as cozy lounges and covered sitting areas that overlook the river. A short path leads to the guest accommodation, all facing the river. There are three types of rooms available – 16 Eco Jungle Chalets, 6 Eco Jungle Cottages, and 6 rooms in the Eco Jungle Cabins. During my stay, I found the upper floor of an Eco Jungle Cabin to be a romantic retreat. With its four-poster netted bed, cathedral ceilings, and riverside location, it was a serene and enchanting space. The soothing sound of the rapids serenaded us to sleep each night, while the balcony offered a tranquil spot to admire the river at any time of day.
Savor Healthy Delights and Thrilling Adventures
At the Ella Jungle Resort, there’s no need to venture beyond its boundaries. For a truly immersive experience, I recommend a minimum of two nights to soak up the peaceful and awe-inspiring environment. Take the time to hike to the nearby waterfall and participate in the resort’s adventure activities, such as ziplining with a breathtaking view of the river and another waterfall in the background. These adventure facilities are also open to select groups of outside guests who come for an adventure excursion from Ella.
To honor the sacred nature of the site and maintain harmony with the environment, the resort exclusively serves vegetarian cuisine. The meals are served buffet-style, offering a variety of delectable options. In the evening, dinner is served on the outdoor patio, accompanied by a central bonfire that adds an enchanting touch to the experience.
Immerse Yourself in Nature’s Embrace at the Ella Jungle Resort
The Ella Jungle Resort is a truly unique destination, perfect for disconnecting from the outside world and indulging in nature and quality time with your loved ones. The friendly staff is always ready to assist with activities and provide guidance on exploring the area.
Now that you’re equipped with all the information, it’s time to embark on your own adventure at the Ella Jungle Resort. Immerse yourself in the wonders of nature, indulge in delicious vegetarian cuisine, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t miss this hidden gem in the heart of Sri Lanka!