We are a family of four ( daughters are ages 21 and 15) who traveled throughout Sri Lanka for three weeks in June. We stayed in Ella at the wonderful Waterfalls Homestay after arriving on the local train from Nuwara Eliya ( quite a fun adventure!). This was our favorite place that we stayed during our entire two weeks in Sri Lanka!
The adorable guesthouse has only four rooms,spotlessly clean, lovingly well-kept and as cute as can be. They were able to put an extra fold-up bed into our room so that our whole family could be in one room together, which we always enjoy. My daughters are huge lovers of cats and were very excited when the owner's cat, Tinkerbell, decided to join us in our room each night when she was ready for bed :-)
A beautiful area to eat outside overlooks the waterfall for which the guesthouse is named. It was dry season when we were there and the waterfall was pretty then, I can only imagine how amazing it is during the wet season!
Karen and her staff are wonderful in the kitchen and we were served a fantastic breakfast each morning of delicious curd, fresh fruit, toast, jams made by the monks in Ella, as well as tea/coffee/juice and water. There is an additional breakfast item made each day, once we had a scrumptious egg dish made with abalone mushrooms on toast and the next day we had traditional breakfast curry with hoppers! We ate at the guesthouse one night, and the food that Karen and her staff made for us was wonderful! We were served an assortment of different delicious Sri Lankan curries, including a jack fruit curry that was spectacular! This was honestly some of the best food we had on our entire trip.
They are happy to refill your water bottles with the rain water that they collect which is nice on the environment. Free WiFi is available and Karen is happy to give you directions and/or ideas of things to do in Ella. Everyone was so kind and helpful and we had a blast staying here! We honestly can't wait to return! The walk to the top of the hill where the house is located is quite pleasant and if you don't feel like making the trek on foot late at night then it is very easy and very cheap to hire a local tuk-tuk to carry you up.
Thank you to Karen and the staff at Waterfalls for such nice memories of Ella!
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