Ella Rock is one of the must-sees in Ella, a place which is becoming increasingly touristy and even brands itself as a 'tourist town' (check out the signboards at the junction!). Offering panoramic views of the Ella Gap and Little Adam's Peak, the hike is an arduous upward climb and you're guaranteed to lose yourselves among tea estates, hills, and tall shrubs if you're without a guide.
Sunrises over mountains (especially the ones in Ella) are nothing short of stunning: so we recommend a super early start to your day. Many people begin the hike from the Ella Railway Station, but you'd save about half an hour or more if you begin it at the Kithal-Ella Station, which you'll be passing regardless of where you start. It'll cost you a bit to get there (around 800 bucks from the Passara Road), especially as you'll have to arrange for a tuk to pick you up at around 3:30am — but it's a steep uphill ride and will take you close to half an hour to get there in the pitch dark, and with hairpin curves. Unless you've got a vehicle of your own sorted this is pretty much your only choice.