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Ella Gap Panorama
Ranked #28 of 163 Ella B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 24, 2013

High above the town, this guesthouse has the most magnificent view. The rooms are pretty basic but adequate. Unfortunately we were there over the new year period and had power blackouts for a large majority of the 2 days, plus the noisy men that sat up all night drinking and smoking didn't help. All this of course no fault of the guesthouse.
The staff are great and very hardworking. Breakfast is basic but dinner was delicious. Great curry. For those that like a drink be forewarned. They do not serve alcohol so bring your own.
The gardens are very pretty with lots of birds. You can probably get nicer places in Ella but this is reasonable for the price and the view...wow

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

The view here is absolutely breathtaking. After 4 days, hadn't got over how great it was. Amazing food, lovely staff and comfy, basic room (one whole wall was a giant window so we could enjoy the panoramic view the whole time) Thank you so much for an incredible stay!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sarah M
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Amazing place to spend a night. Complete peace and tranquality to be found. View like no other. Lovely staff and owners who greeted us on arrival. Rooms lovely, food lovely, would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank ruth1007
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Fabulous guest house, the owners take great pride in it and really look after it. We spent the evening sitting out side soaking up the view. Rooms are spotless, Food was perfect there was even an option for a western dinner for those of us tired of curry and dahl.

Room Tip: All rooms we occupied had balconies with beautiful views, I dont think theres a possibilty of a bad...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank AislingMarie
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Lovely familyrun guesthouse. The views are gourgious, the food was good and the rooms big and clean. Though it is located some 5 minutes by car from the centre of Ella it was well worth that for the surroundings. You can start the trek to Ella Rock straight from the guesthouse.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

We got to this guest house about 5pm, dropped our bags off and went to Little Adams Peak for a walk, returning after dark. The walk to Little Adams Peak is well worth the effort, although if you have a bad hip or knees or a bit unsteady on your feet it may prove difficult as the steps up to the peak are quite steep.

Returning to our room the view was fantastic, you can look straight down into the Ella valley below. Laying on our bed we can see the mountains, stars, town lights and hear the distant sound of a waterfall. I would have really liked to stay here for at least one more night to enjoy having an afternoon beer on our veranda taking in the fantastic view.

The guest house is perched on the side of a mountain facing the Ella Gap with the train line passing below and the township about 1.5km away and is a steep walk from town to the guest house. The town of Ella caters well for tourists with a variety of accommodation and restaurants, which looked very inviting at night due to the lights.

My assessment:
• I have given this guest house an excellent rating because it delivered more than I was expecting. My wife and I were on a low cost private car tour of Sri Lanka and found this accommodation very good for the money we were spending.
• Guest house is of an early style being built I believe somewhere around the early 1950’s. So don’t expect ultra modern amenities.
• This accommodation is basic, clean and the staff were good.
• There is driver accommodation should you be travelling on a private tour.
• Rooms are large, include a good size veranda for sitting and a fantastic view. See photo which is taken from inside our room looking out over the veranda.
• Double bed was 2 singles pushed together, AC + fan, hot & cold water in the bathroom including the sink.
• Writing desk and chairs in room.
• The restaurant looks out to the valley and the food was a set menu based on a Sri Lankan or western style. We had the Sri Lankan style which was a variety of curry dishes, very nice.
• Breakfast is standard Sri Lankan guest house including fruit, eggs, toast and jam with tea, coffee and juice.
• No liquor licence to sell alcohol at this guest house so make sure you bring your own beer or wine for dinner.
• Free WiFi in the restaurant and the mobile phone reception was good.
• The garden around the guest house is kept very neat and was in flower, making the setting even more beautiful.
• Strongly recommend staying here for the view and peace and quiet.
• Consider taking the train to or from here as the scenery from the train is breathtaking. We hired a car and driver for tour of Sri Lanka, but left it too late to organise train tickets from Kandy to Ella, although the drive through the mountains was fantastic.
• If you have time stay more than one night.

Room Tip: Second story rooms will have the best view
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

After a breathtaking drive up the mountain our driver Sugath Gamini from My Sri Lanka Travel pulled into this guest house.Wow! We were taken to room No 3 which has the most spectacular views over the town on Ella and the mountain ranges beyond. Birdsong and palm squirrels greeted us as we stepped out onto our balcony. In the afternoon we walked up small Adam's Peak for more spectacular views. On our return we had a wonderful curry dinner, with many different dishes bursting with flavour ,a perfect end to the day.
The rooms are basic but clean and the bathroom has piping hot water. The guesthouse does have a resident barking dog (like everywhere in Sri lanka) so ear plugs could be advised but then you would miss the beautiful dawn chorus

Room Tip: Rooms 1,2,and3 have views of the waterfall. Our room had a mosquito net and fan. Rooms are old fash...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ella Gap Panorama

Address: Kithalella, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Uva Province > Ella
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 163 B&Bs / Inns in Ella
Price Range: $69 - $90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ella Gap Panorama 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ella Gap Panorama Guesthouse, is Located 230km from Sri Lankas Capital City Colombo & 85km from Mattala International Airport. The Panorama Guesthouse is within close proximity of Ella town located on a picturesque hill side facing the magnificent Ella Gap and Ravana Falls, off the Ella - Kithalella road. With 7 guest rooms, the Guesthouse is a serine hideaway in the hill country of Sri Lanka. The restaurant of the Guesthouse specializes in authentic Sri Lankan cuisine prepared with the freshest ingredients sourced from the area. A Sri Lankan rice and curry meal is something you should not miss on your visit to Ella Gap Panorama. ... more   less 
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