Travel information about Dalhousie

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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.

Деревня Далхаузи, Шри-Ланка The main street in the village

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:

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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 Mar
    RH. 67%
  • 04 Mar
    RH. 30%
  • 04 Mar
    RH. 93%
  • 05 Mar
    RH. 51%
  • 05 Mar
    RH. 84%
  • 05 Mar
    RH. 96%
  • 06 Mar
    RH. 57%
  • 06 Mar
    RH. 94%
  • 07 Mar
    RH. 92%
  • 07 Mar
    RH. 34%
  • 07 Mar
    RH. 98%
  • 08 Mar
    RH. 80%

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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:

How does a transfer bookingDetails >
Поиск трансфераFind the right route
Бронирование онлайнBooking a transfer online
Встреча водителемThe driver meets you at the airport or at the station

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.

Деревня Далхаузи, Шри-Ланка Bus station in Dalhousie

And now more about each of the ways to get in Dalhousie:

  • By train

    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

    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.

  • By bus

    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.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 30 November, 2017
The site presents guides to Central cities and sites of Sri Lanka:
The cultural triangle
Adam's Peak
Forest Sinharaja
Nuwara Eliya
The guides will be supplemented.
In this topic you can ask questions and discuss travelling to these places. Changes to the guides are appreciated :SUPER ...
Competent 5 January, 2018
Correct though Pinnawella at Pinnawala. In English, too. ...
admin 5 January, 2018

Thanks for noticing. As it turns out, the first time for you to remember and pronounce then. It was also with Polonnaruwa-Polonnaruwa for a long time myself retrained. ...
AMN Oct 10, 2018
Assalamu Alaikum.
I would like to ask. can I find in Sri Lanka Halal food
thank you.
and sorry for the mistakes ...
admin October, 10, 2018

Hello! Yes, I can, but this kitchen is not very widespread. Looking for Muslim hotels, if they operate such restaurants. ...
Павел112244466 11 November, 2018
Here you write "you can still get from Matara to Bandarawela" what kind of bus? What's the number? As he goes ?? If you write a guide, write all the information or just certain. ...
helka November 19, 2018
Good day, tell me whether in Polonnaruwa storage or where to leave bags if you arrive there in the morning, walk around the Ancient city, and then go by bus to Kandy. ...
admin 19 November, 2018

Not sure what injury is there. Rather rather sure that they are not, because there is the entrance and ticket control on-street storage no. Maybe there is something in the office selling tickets, but it is unlikely that the Sri Lankans before this would have thought of. If you really look for a place where to leave things, it is best to railway station so should be storage, as on all other stations. Well, in case you can try to negotiate for a nominal amount of staff offices for the sale of tickets or to go into the first hotel and the clerk to negotiate. The last version working and tested 100%.
And generally I on your place would think if you can master this route without lodging. I can understand if it's a tour or car with driver. But to come in a new strange city, to find a place where to leave your Luggage, find the cashier, to get to the entrance, navigate through the vast territory... besides, you need something to get around distances. Will have to find a tuk-tuk for the whole day. IMHO, knowing how difficult travel in hot countries, I would come in the evening, slept, and bright and early the next day I began to explore the Park. ...
helka December 2, 2018
Thank you very much for the reply. The fact that we were coming and so in the morning, so will spend the night in Dambulla, and was planning to rent a tuk tuk for the whole day.
About things have already booked a cheap guest house, where they leave it at that. )) And I hope the night will be in Kandy, because if you come to Polonnaruwa in 10 hours then to 16 hours the time I think that would be enough to see the most important thing, especially on a tuk tuk. ...
admin December 2, 2018

Well, in principle Yes, 6 hours on a tuk-tuk. Determine for yourself the most important thing to look at. I hope our guide to Polonnaruwa read. ...