Ella is a perfect place for a few days relaxation or even a whole holiday in the hill country. It’s situated amidst the tea plantations of the Uva region. A wide range of one-day excursions to heritage sites can be started from Ella. Last not least it offer relaxing hiking and rewarding trekking opportunities. However, most tourists come to Ella only for a stopover or only one overnight stay on their way from Nuwara Eliya to the south coast. Of course, all of them want to enjoy the famous view to the Ella gap. But there are dozens of guesthoses with promising names that don`t offer good views. A favourite place of backpackers is the Tea Garden Inn. Indeed, it has views to different directions, and most rooms have their own verandas. It’s a delightful place, no doubt. But due to a huge tree in front of it there is no view to the Ella Gap. Lots of the former tea garden area was sold and has been used for construction of other guest houses, so the Tea Garden Inn has lost its charme a little bit.
accommodations with panoramas in Ella
Here is a list of those accommodation facilities in Ella where you really can enjoy perfect panoramas to the Ella Gap.
The “Grand Ella Motel” is the best hotel in town. It is the former colonial resthouse and still also called “The Rest House Grand Ella”. The garden, where you can take your meals or enjoy a cup of tea and some snacks when having only a short break in Ella, is the place with the classic post card view of the Ella Gap. Little things may be disturbing, namely power supply lines in front of the garden and the noise of the nearby mainroad.
The “Zion View Guest House” is a little bit hidden but a quiet place and less expensive. It offers a perfevt Ella Gap sight, too.
The “Laura Hote” is a little bit farer and has a similar wonderful panorama.
The “Ella Gap Panorama Guest House” and the neighbouring “Ambiente” are 2 km outside the centre of Ella, behind the railway line and much higher at the hill. They offer views to the Ella Gap, too, though from a slightly different angle, but their panorama is much wider, 180 degrees. From here you can also see the highest mountain in the south-eastern highlands, Namunukula, to the left and the Ella waterfalls to the right, indeed one of the best sights Sri Lanka has to offer.
Regrettably, the guesthouses mentioned above do not pay for our recommendation. We forgot to ask them to do so. We are simply convinced, they are the best choice for those who are looking for the best panoramas.
photos on this blog post are taken from the terrace of the Ella Panorama Guesthouse
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