Little Adam’s Peak at Ella

Little Adam’s Peak at Ella

Ella Hotels

A hike up the conical Adam’s Peak is one of the top things to do in Sri Lanka. Legions of people complete the hike daily, both pilgrims and travelers. Jürgen and I are always primed for an adventure… as long as it’s convenient. After learning that you must embark for the the summit at 2am, we immediately, instantly scratched Adam’s Peak from our list. Call us lame if you want, I won’t protest. But no way. Besides, we had just read about another hike called Little Adam’s Peak, near Ella. “Close enough!”

Ella Gap

For our ascent up Little Adam’s Peak, we left at 8am. It was a blissfully easy hike — simple directions led outside of Ella, and up through the Newbourg Tea Plantation to a dirt track with signs clearly pointing the way. The path was only slightly uphill, almost as if designed to be as effortless as possible. The other hikers we passed, on their way back down, all had big smiles on their faces. Light exercise in gorgeous nature: it’d be hard to imagine a better way to begin the day.

Little Adam’s Peak lays on the eastern edge of the Ella Gap, straight across from the (much higher) summit at Ella Rock, which we had climbed two mornings prior. The views are similar, but from Little Adam’s Peak you can see the Ruwana Falls, which border the highway headed south.

Location on our Sri Lanka Map
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Small Adams Peak Sign
Climbing in Sri Lanka
Jürgen shows off his climbing skills.
Hiking in Ella
Tea Valley
Ella Tea Fabric
98 Acres Ella
Ella Rock
Crazy Traffic in Sri Lanka
Ella Peak
Nature in Sri Lanka
Gardening Sri Lanka
Grass Harvest


  • chaturangar

    Hi,Nice story and beautiful pictures…And, about the Adam’s Peak.. there is no define time to climb Adam’s Peak. You can go their at any time….Best Regards,Chaturanga

    April 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm
    • Juergen

      Thank you for the comment. You are right, it would have been probably amazing at any time of the day. But the sunrise probably would make at a real unforgettable moment.

      April 24, 2012 at 5:29 am
  • Gihan

    Hi,Just came across this awesome blog. Great job.The pic below the tea factory – it appears to be cabanas or cottages. Looks really beautiful. Can you tell me more about it? Looking for places to stay around Ella.Thanks,Gihan

    April 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm
    • Juergen

      Gihan, thank you so much for the comment. These cabanas are called 98 Acres. We went over there after the hike for some iced tea (can only recommend to do so as well). The places looks incredible! But was over our budget. When we asked they wanted $120 per night.

      April 24, 2012 at 5:31 am
  • Juan

    Hi! Great post! I have a question for you, during your excursion did you had the chance of seeing tea-pickers on your way through Newbourg Tea Plantation? Thank you very much in advance! Juan

    August 30, 2015 at 1:55 pm
    • Juergen

      Hello Juan, I don’t remember seeing them but if there are tea trees there will be pickers. I guess it depends on the season? Not sure.

      August 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm