We (a friend and I) arrived at Ella having had a few days on the south coast, and were ready for a couple of days in the famously spectacular Hill Country. Ella itself is small and well-equipped but touristy on Sri Lankan terms (I'll review the town separately), and the Tea Garden was the perfect base for us to explore it.
Without having booked ahead, we opted to try the Tea Garden first based on a single entry in Lonely Planet which made it sound like an interesting choice. There was a reference to the amazing views - a reference which didn't really do it justice. Having been led up to the highest point in the inn, the balcony outside our generously-sized room faced directly toward Ella Gap, with Ella Rock to the right and 'Buddha's Knuckles' to the left. It was breathtaking.
The room was clean and comfortable, and, as I say, a good size. The bathroom was functional with a decent shower which warmed up after a while. Outside our room we had a couple of sofas from where you could comfortably drink in this stunning landscape, and downstairs below us were other rooms and a beautifully set-out garden.
The hotel manager was one of the most friendly, helpful and useful hosts we met all fortnight. He was also a cracking cook - the breakfast (fruit platter, roti and omelette) was the ideal preparation for a good morning's walking. His rice and curry evening meal was also as good as any other we had (except for one particular place in Sigirya). He recommended walks, places to eat, places to drink... We were extremely lucky to have his help.
All in all, Ella was the highlight of my trip and the Tea Garden, with its views, warm hospitality and decent standard of accommodation, was a huge contributor to this.
- Also Known As:
- Tea Garden Holiday Hotel Ella