Distance from Ella – 21.6 km (47 minutes)
Introduction to Fox Hill
Fox Hill is situated in Diyatalawa which belongs to the Badulla district. It is renowned for the Fox Hill track which is maintained by the Sri Lanka Military Academy and is located close to Fox Hill. The location is also used for training purposes by the Sri Lank Army. The Fox Hill Motorcross takes place in April every year and is attended by a large number of spectators.
Story of Fox Hill
Back in the day, the British ruled many countries in South East Asia and South Asia. During the Boer War, between South Africa and Great Britain, the British transferred many of their prisoners to countries under their rule. On one such occasion, prisoners arrived in Sri Lanka in a ship named “HMS Fox”. The captain and crew of this ship visited Diyatalawa in 1913 and made the prisoners, who came along with them, to place white stones to depict a fox and to display “HMS Fox” and “1913” below it. This is how this place got the name “Fox Hill”.
Getting to Fox Hill
From Ella travel along the Bandarawela – Badulla Road, Beragala – Hali Ela Highway and Roehampton – Diyatalawa – Bandarawela Road passing Bandarawela up to Diyatalawa to reach the Fox Hill which is situated along Fox Hill Road in Diyatalawa.