Travel information about Dalhousie
General information about Dalhousie
Dalhousie (Dalhousie or Adams) is a small village in Sri Lanka known as one of the most popular starting points for climbing Adam's Peak (Sri Fall). The village is also known as Nolathane (Nallathanniya). Located in the Central mountainous part of the country, 130 kilometers from Colombo, 80 from Nuwara Eliya and 85 from Kandy (Dalhousie map of Sri Lanka).
To do in Dalhousie and see absolutely nothing, so tourists and pilgrims usually stay here for only one night for climbing Adam's Peak, and are sometimes delayed for one more night to rest after the climb. Often the standard program of stay in Dalhousie is as follows: in the middle of the day to come to the village and check in to the hotel for rest; to make a night ascent; after rising to eat Breakfast at the hotel or in one of the cafe; for dinner to check out and leave the village.
Dalhousie exist almost entirely at the expense of the pilgrims and tourists are all built here for a short stay and climb. There are many cafes and restaurants, shops, fast food, shops and markets selling Souvenirs, ATM. Pilgrims and tourists at the end of the ascent can take advantage of the free showers (located near the bridge over the river). The markets sold gloves, beanies, jackets that may be needed on top. Also here are several small temples, which are easy to visit during a walk through the village, because it is very small size: it can be all around in 20 minutes.
Accommodation in Dalhousie by the standards of Sri Lanka are quite expensive, but generally available. While in the peak season of the ascent of pilgrims, accommodation prices usually go up significantly, while in the off-season you can book hotels at a discount. Regardless of the price, do not expect the local hotels and guesthouses comfortable accommodation and service for reasonable money, because everything here is designed just for single overnight. Among the cheapest options across a room with no Windows, with shared showers on the floor, old lumpy beds, dirty linens, etc.
In the system of search and booking of hotels in Dalhousie listed as Nolathane that one and the same. So you can safely book accommodation in Dalhousie/Netanii on one of these search engines of hotels worldwide:
- Hotels near Adam's Peak to Agoda.com
- Hotels near Adam's Peak to Booking.com
- Hotels near Adam's Peak to Hotellook.com
- Accommodation near Adam's Peak on Airbnb and get a bonus of 2100 rubles for first booking
Can also choose a hotel using the search box from Him. All sites have Russian interface and Russian-speaking customer support, numerous real guests reviews. And in Agoda and Booking are bonus system:
Weather in Dalhousie, tourist seasons
Visit Dalhousie tied to the seasons of the ascent to Adam's Peak, because apart from him nothing to do here. The pilgrimage season lasts from December to may (or rather, since the full moon in December till the full moon in April), and at the same time is the best season for tourist visits. It was at this time most likely to catch at dawn or sunset, clear weather, which is very important. In addition, in the off-season pilgrimage access to the Shrine at the top can be completely closed, however, will not prevent to enjoy the views and watch the sunrise with good weather, of course.
Current weather in Dalhousie and forecast
- 04 Mar0:0019°C1m/sRH. 67%
- 04 Mar9:00+32°C3M/sRH. 30%
- 04 Mar18:00+20°C1m/sRH. 93%
- 05 Mar3:00+25°C1m/sRH. 51%
- 05 Mar12:00+23°C2m/sRH. 84%
- 05 Mar21:0019°C1m/sRH. 96%
- 06 Mar6:00+28°C2m/sRH. 57%
- 06 Mar15:00+20°C1m/sRH. 94%
- 07 Mar0:00+18°C1m/sRH. 92%
- 07 Mar9:00+31°C3M/sRH. 34%
- 07 Mar18:00+20°C1m/sRH. 98%
- 08 Mar3:00+23°C1m/sRH. 80%
* forecast is based on the local time. Data received https://openweathermap.org. If you see outdated of date, refresh the page with F5+Ctrl.
How to get to Dalhousie
Despite the importance of Adam's Peak for all local residents, good transport links to the village of Dalhousie is still there. Direct flights, buses from the major cities there, the nearest railway station is located in the Hatton city, so have to get here with transfers, sometimes several. In General, the main transport gate for the trip to Dalhousie is a town of Hatton, where you will have to change from the far bus or train to the local bus is finally to the village. However, despite the apparent complexity of the route, to do it in one day.
From Colombo airport to Hatton will have to travel through Colombo. For this you first need to get to the bus/railway station Colombo by bus or taxi, and then have to transfer to the appropriate transport to Hatton. See more, how to reach Colombo from the airport here...
Well, to get quite comfortably and without problems, you can order ready-made tourist Shuttle service (taxi) from the Colombo airport or other places by using the search box from Kiwitaxi:
All buses in Dalhousie arrive and depart from the bus station (the station on the map). This conditional bus station, in fact just stop for local buses. In the daytime it always expect buses to Dalhousie and Maskali. From it to anywhere in the village within easy walking distance.
And now more about each of the ways to get in Dalhousie:
The nearest railway station is in the town of Hutton. It is on the railway line running from Colombo through the hill country to Badulla, accordingly, the direct train you can reach from Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Haputale, Badulla and other mountain towns. From other parts of the country will have to go by train with a stopover in Colombo.
However, note that the trains in the mountain of Sri Lanka is very slow, and it is better to leave on the earliest flight. Check the timetables on the official website of the Railways of Sri Lanka https://eservices.railway.gov.lk
On arrival at Hatton with the railway station will need to finally get to Dalhousie. Here is constantly on duty tuk-tuk drivers who offer a ride from 2500 rupees (approximately 900.89 RUB, refer to the currency of Sri Lanka) for the entire tuk-tuk in the pilgrimage season and in low season you can bargain even for 1200 rupees.
Much cheaper and can be reached by local public direct bus to Dalhousie. These buses depart after each arrival of the train right from the exit from the railway station to the left, there are 84 rupees (2019), about one and a half hours. If this bus during the low season will not appear, then you can walk 10 minutes or take a tuk-tuk for 100 rupees to the bus station to Hatton, and then catch a local bus to Maskeli where to take the bus to Dalhousie. Buses on these routes often go in the day time, so you can be reached in 2 hours.
Unfortunately, direct buses to Dalhousie from major cities and resorts of Sri Lanka is almost there. In the pilgrimage season at Adam's Peak there is one bus a day from Colombo (departing 08:45 from Colombo and in the opposite direction), and sometimes run direct flights from Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. In other cases, you need to go to Hatton or Mascali where you will need to take a tuk tuk or bus to Dalhousie.
Hutton is a major transport hub with a large bus station, and here during the day frequent buses from Nuwara Eliya (RS 95, on the road for 2 hours, depart every 15-30 minutes), Colombo (from 380 rupees, in the way of 5-6 hours, go approximately every 30 minutes ), Kandy, Negombo. There are flights from other cities, but the exact schedule of departure is unknown to us.
With resorts of the South and West coast (Hikkaduwa, Bentota, Mirissa, etc.) to Hatton fastest you can get on the Express bus on the new highway to Matara has Kaduwela (Kaduwela), which during the day often go from Matara and Galle (buses cost from 460 rupees, very fast). In Kaduwela on the bus will have to change to direct passing or a bus from Colombo to Hatton.
Upon arrival at the bus station in Hatton to Dalhousie can be reached by tuk-tuk for RS 2500 in the pilgrimage season and in low season you can bargain for 1200 rupees. Cheaper can be reached by local public direct bus to Dalhousie. These buses depart after each arrival of the train/railway station Hutton and pass through the bus station, there are 84 rupees (2019), about one and a half hours. But I want to wait for the direct bus there, and often faster to get on the bus with a transfer in Mascali. Buses to Mascali and later in Dalhousie are frequent in the daytime, so you can be reached in 2 hours.