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Waterfalls Homestay

Watagodawaththa, Ella 90090 Sri Lanka
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
Updated 15/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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#1 of 282 B&Bs / Inns in Ella
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Waterfall Homestay, perched on top of a hill, directly in front of the Little Ravana waterfall and surrounded by jungle makes this one of the most stunning places in Ella to stay. Choose from three beautiful rooms, two with 180 degree views and one with french doors opening on to a large veranda. Waterfalls Homestay is not just another guest house in Ella with a view. It is a relaxing, friendly paradise where you will feel truely at home. And only 1.5km from the town of Ella makes it definitely worth venturing off the beaten track for.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Rooftop terrace
Private check-in / check-out
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Non-smoking rooms
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Ellie wrote a review Jun 2021
Kandy, Sri Lanka51 contributions19 helpful votes
We stayed at Waterfalls for just short of a month during the nationwide travel restrictions which were imposed due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. Thankfully, we were able to keep a cool head and actually even 'enjoy' the situation due to the peaceful and beautiful accommodation. Shower pressure and temperature is excellent, as well as the comfortable bedding which allowed for a wonderful sleep every night. We stayed in the 'garden room' and we enjoyed a better sleep here than what we have had for months! The inclusion of Tin Tin and Yala (the family cats) is also lovely. They are friendly and funny and give the place a real homely feel. The kitchen is well equipped with all the latest gadgets - and I am now definitely inspired to buy a panini maker, having never owned one previously (and to put butter on before the bread!) I also learned how to make Gnocchi thanks to Louise who stays at the property and is on hand to welcome new travelers. The WIFI is also excellent and enabled me to work through the weekdays without any problem. The view of the gushing waterfall is wonderful to wake up to, and lovely to hear also at night. You can access the train tracks easily and walk to the waterfall in approximately 30 minutes - just one of many opportunities to get out and stretch your legs! Ravana cave and Ella rock can also be reached very easily on foot from this property. The next door neighbour, Chandy, offers very relaxing massages for a very reasonable price too. As a teacher currently working online, I was extremely grateful for her shoulder and neck massage! I would absolutely recommend this home stay to anyone as it really is a home away from home. Thank you for establishing such a lovely place!
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Miouuuu wrote a review Jan 2021
74 contributions3 helpful votes
I spent a wonderful time in Wonderfalls Homestay. I was not living there... But at the beginning of the pandemic, some friends did during several weeks ! We were often meeting at this place to cook all together in the kitchen! Karen and her partner took care about us as if we were part of their own family! Thank you very very much! You are a fantastic persons! Such welcoming and kindness was a very precious gift in those time of international crisis. It is a beautiful exemple of sharing from heart, spirit and soul!!! Thank you for your trust and your light ! Living around you was fabulous ! The place is amazing and very peaceful! The view on the waterfall and the fields is really amazing! Beautiful nature and peace are surrounding !! Wonderful area to explore! I recommend this place to anyone! I hope I will be able to visit you soon :) Take care! Maahi
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
Minh wrote a review Jun 2020
Sacramento, California40 contributions55 helpful votes
Martin took exceptional care of us during our 4-night stay at Waterfalls Homestay. It is one of the handful of properties in all our travels that really stands out from the rest (and we've been to 99 countries together!). We are sad we didn't have the opportunity to meet his wife Karen, who was in Australia at the time, but Martin and the staff handled everything very well. If you are looking for a beautiful place to relax with great hospitality and away from the backpacker crowds, Waterfalls Homestay is a no-brainer. We would have been happy to spend a week here.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PhilGordon208 wrote a review Mar 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom79 contributions31 helpful votes
Waterfall Homestay Our 5 night stay in February was the highlight of our 4 week trip to Sri Lanka. The location is great and the large communal terrace takes in the eye catching view of the waterfall and farming terraces through eucalyptus trees. It is really interesting to sit on the shaded terrace at any time of day and watch a wide variety of birds and the occasional visits from mongoose, monkeys, deer and giant tree squirrels in the jungle below. Ella town is a 20 minute walk away or a 10 minute tuktuk ride. We usually walked along the railway line. Walking the other way along the track takes you to the top of the waterfall and from there a longer hike accesses Ella Rock. We stayed in the Verandah Room with huge comfortable 4 poster bed with excellent mosquito net. The folding doors open out onto a pleasant private terrace with comfortable seating and table and chairs. The spacious toilet and wet room has an excellent shower. A small fridge was handy to keep cold beers purchased in town. Everywhere was spotlessly clean at all times. Breakfasts were excellent and with a western twist. Fresh fruit juice, mixed fruit and curd, a variety of egg dishes followed by sourdough bread freshly baked in the kitchen every day so hot toast with Amba Estate jams and marmalade made the meal really special. A nice change from more spicy breakfasts elsewhere. The large table on the terrace is the social hub of the Homestay where guests mingle and compare notes on places and restaurants visited. All is expertly managed and encouraged by Australian owner Martin who was constantly available to answer question, give advice, order a tuktuk or discuss the major issues of the world. He leads a good team of enthusiastic local staff. The overall ambience is quiet, calm and friendly. We have stayed in several places in and around Ella on other trips and this is the place we would unerringly come back to. You MUST book well in advance to avoid disappointment! We recommend Waterfall Homestay without hesitation. It is the best place to stay in Ella!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Adriano wrote a review Mar 2020
Ile-de-France, France1 contribution
Like at home with a dream environment ... A terrace with an extraordinary view! A Martin offering a climate of sweetness and well-being (sometimes with a Jazzy touch with this fantastic the view). In short, a real moment of tranquility with ease! Happiness to be there !!! Let's not forget the breakfast with RAJ (a big smile and with a lot of kindness) served on this fantastical terrace facing the waterfall! If you pass in Ella, you have go....Just to test the taste of Happiness !!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU Martin
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waterfalls Homestay
Which popular attractions are close to Waterfalls Homestay?
Nearby attractions include R. M. S Antique And Brassware (1.0 km), Ella Spice Garden (1.0 km), and dee tattoo studio ella (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Waterfalls Homestay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Waterfalls Homestay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Waterfalls Homestay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Waterfalls Homestay?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe One Love, Cafe Chill, and Rainbow Cafe.
Is Waterfalls Homestay located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Ella.
Are pets allowed at Waterfalls Homestay?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Waterfalls Homestay?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Lipton’s Seat (14.7 km).
Does Waterfalls Homestay have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.