Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bopath Fall Rock Chalets Kuruwita Ratnapura Sri Lanka Hotel Review - Bopath Falls Rock Chalets

Bopath Ella Falls Rock Chalets Hotel BedroomThe hotel trade in Sri Lanka is an odd business. Down south, cookie cutter hotels with blue pools and blah buffets next to a sliver of beach are full every weekend while one in gorgeous low country tea land, right next to a waterfall in an intensively green, landscaped environment languishes, empty.

Bopath Ella Rock Chalets Hotel is in Kuruwita, just about 2 hours from Colombo before Ratnapura. Tip: The hotel can be reached by the main Kuruwita Bopath Ella Road or a road before that where the hotel sign actually is. But don't take the road where the hotel sign is - it's awful. Take the main Kuruwita Bopath Ella Road to the hotel and your car will thank you.

Bopath Ella Falls Rock Chalets Hotel Menu / BathroomThe hotel consists of 4 chalets in a small garden. The rooms are spacious, air conditioned and nicely decorated with brand new bathrooms. The food is an excellent example of Sri Lankan "restaurant" cooking - the mixed fried rice (~ LKR 400) and the chop suey (~ LKR 500 - in Sri Lanka, chop suey means a bed of steamed, white rice on top of which a Chinese-esque preparation of vegetables and meat/fish is layered) are among the best in their respective classes. The portions are huge too and each dish feeds two easily.

Bopath Ella Falls Rock Chalets Hotel GardenBut the most important thing here is the proximity to nature. Even in the room, you can hear the waterfall and the babbling (I swear, it babbles!) of the little river (ela) running through the garden. Each room also has a verandah opening onto the garden, which is intensively green. There's ferns and flowers and grasses and crotons and bushes. It is as if a lunatic gardener ran amok, spewing plants everywhere until he exploded in a green (but pretty) haze.

Negativity consists of the following: Only a sliver of the waterfall can be seen. The toilet in our room needed some plumbing attention - I had to press a couple of times to flush. The restaurant, which is in another building far from the rooms, should be avoided as it is kind of dodgy and awful looking: only eat in the rooms or verandah.

Bopath Ella Falls Rock Chalets Hotel PoolIn the end, what I remember from my visit is sitting on the verandah with a chop suey and beer, admiring the garden while, in the background, the waterfall roars and the brooks tinkles (I can't use babble twice, right?). That memorable image is why I recommend this place to anyone ready for something different.

Hotel Name:
Bopath Fall Rock Chalets
Kuruwita, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
+94 45 226 2726
Rates (all inclusive): LKR 5,500 for half board and LKR 3,300 per room on a Room Only Basis. I recommend Room Only because you can order anything you want from the menu which is pretty cheap: I ended up spending less than 5,000 for 2 people for room and two meals)
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  1. Went on an impulse (and hunger pangs !)to the Bopath Fall Restaurant last August....
    Turned out to be a disaster !!

    10 of us- including 4 kids below 12- were asked to wait for 20 min for lunch. We were happy enough to wait. After 0NE AND HALF HOURS LATER -and more than 3 reminders to the management -we were still waiting for our lunch. We ultimately had to go out because the kids were crying in hunger.....

    The worst thing is that the kids had to watch while others who came late were served. !!!!
    The explanation by the Management was that our party was large and had to wait while the smaller parties were served first !!

    I (and neither of us who were there) will never even think about going to the place again !!

    I don't know about the chalets.. BUT THE RESTAURANT AND THE MANAGEMENT SUCKS BIG TIME !!

  2. In my review, I noted that the restaurant was pretty dodgy and should be avoided.

    I have now bolded it to make sure everyone sees it :)