story of Sunnyside goes like this... The land and building
was once gifted to one Edward Elias in recognition of his
work on the tea plantation. The survey plan dates back
During this time, Sunnyside
was known to have had two tennis courts - attracting tennis
players from the region. With the fine weather conditions
in Ella, tennis at Sunnyside would have been an enjoyable
In 1962, Sunny side
was sold to businessman Selwin Silva and the following year
sold again to Mrs Jemima Gnanam. Incidentally, Mr Gnanam
also happened to be the Superintendent of the neighbouring
tea plantation - Kinelan.
Then in 1980, the property
was purchased and run as a successful guest house called "Sunnyside Lodge". During
that time, it was one of the few guest houses which were approved
by the Ceylon Tourist Board, and was even listed in the Handbook
for the Ceylon Traveller (first published in 1974).
Alas, in 1983 ethnic
conflicts arose in the island, and Sunnyside Lodge was grounded!
Although a shattering blow to the family, the bungalow was,
by the help of God, rebuilt and leased out for a period of
19 years. The family took over Sunnyside again in the
In September 2006, Sunnyside
was renovated with a brand new roof and smooth pavements,
gifted by my elder brother. My wife and I are truly grateful
to God for enabling my brother to make this generous contribution.
My brother has now built a beautiful home and opened it for
paying guests in 2010. It has been aptly named Sunnyside
Lodge and boasts of a superb tennis court and play-area
for kids as well!
Today, Sunnyside caters to a different clientele, whereby
guests can make their bookings in advance and enjoy the peace
and tranquility of a home away from home.