The Pekoe Trail: Stage 15

Makulella ⇌ Ella
An easy hike through one of The Pekoe Trail's most scenic routes

STAGE IS CLOSED – Stage is officially closed due to safety or entrance restrictions.
STAGE NOT YET OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED – not fully audited for signage and trail conditions, not actively maintained.
STAGE IS OPEN – signage in place and trail conditions actively monitored.

This stage begins at a Buddhist temple in Makulella, a small village overlooking the valley of Ambagaswatte. The river flowing through this valley gives way to the Ravana Falls, one of the most popular waterfalls in the region.

The first part of the hike is a delightful walk through a forested area, including a eucalyptus forest, and tea bushes with stunning views. You will walk through patches of jungle as you climb up towards the top of Ella Rock where you can feast your eyes on expansive vistas of the iconic Ella gap, little Adam’s Peak, and Ella town.

Key Points
  • Ella Rock

  • Ella Train Station

  • Ella Gap

  • Little Adam’s Peak

Continue along more eucalyptus forests, passing a few local homes and their cultivated gardens all the way to Kithal Ella Station. You will walk along the railway track where you’re likely to meet vendors eager to sell you snacks and fresh fruit, a great pit stop if you need refreshments.

The stage finishes at the Ella Train Station, in the very popular hill-country town of Ella where travellers come to enjoy walks through tea plantations, nature, and generally to chill out.

Top attractions along Stage 15 of The Pekoe Trail

Explore the best attractions and points of interest from Makulella to Ella.

Immersive experiences around the hilltowns of Makulella and Ella

Go off the beaten path with these unique experiences visiting tea factories, a mountain peak, and Hindu temples.

Other Stages to Explore

Hill Towns and Cities along The Pekoe Trail

The Pekoe Trail winds its way across some of the most spectacular towns and cities in Sri Lanka’s central highlands. Make a pit stop in the tea country and explore these charming tea country towns each with their own unique landscape, attractions, and experiences.