Ella situated in the Uva Province is 213 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport. This beautiful hill country destination situated at an elevation of 1,041 m (3,415 ft) is blessed with some of the most picturesque views. Take in the sweeping sights from the famous Ella Gap; distant mountain ranges draped in mist, far-away lakes and rivers sparkling in the sun, hundreds of tea plantations that look like laid out carpets and even the south coast of Sri Lanka on a clear day. Ella is certainly a place to relax and rejuvenate but if you are the energetic type then there are many hiking, trekking and bicycling country trails that will take you past cascading waterfalls, mountain passes, tea plantations and quaint villages. The train trip from Kandy to Ella/Badulla is recognized as one of the most scenic train rides in the world.