General information about Haputale
Haputale (Haputale) – a small highland town in the Central mountain part of Sri Lanka in the district of Badulla. The city's population is just over 5 thousand people. Located on the heights 1430-1580 metres, 175 km away from Colombo and the airport, 40 kilometers from Nuwara Eliya and from Kandy 30 (Haputale on the map). It is the southernmost point of the mountain part of Sri Lanka, and from here in good weather you can even see the southern coast of the island, and is a distance of almost 70 kilometers.
Haputale is a popular tourist destination compared to Nuwara Elia, but he is almost equal with beautiful views much more popular neighbor. There is no need to go somewhere or to go to Hiking, wonderful views of the mountains and tea plantations are opened directly with the main streets, you only need to find the right inspection point. So if you want to visit the mountainous part of the island, but do not want to visit Nuwara Eliya, with its inflated prices, Haputale will be a good alternative. Another reason why tourists visit this town is the proximity to the popular tourist place is the National Park of Horton plains and "end of the world". Town itself is also remarkable. Founded in 1905, it is filled with the spirit of colonial architecture, looks like Nuwara Eliya in miniature.
The types in the surroundings of Haputale
Infrastructure in Haputale for tourists is underdeveloped, but everything you need is available. There are about fifty hotels and guesthouses, and if you calculate in one place 100 local people! There are cafes and restaurants, but to eat mostly have restaurants in the hotels or establishments for the locals. No entertainment for tourists in the city. His main entertainment is walking around the city and surrounding area, and trips to attractions in the area.
Attractions in Haputale, what to see
Attractions in the heart of Haputale, in addition to the architecture of colonial times, no. Make sure to watch the building of the Adisham Bungalow (formerly a country house and today the building of the monastery of St. Benedict). You can visit the tea factory, a viewing platform Lipton''s Seat, to climb to the highest mountain in the County Prabhawa. Here is a list of the main attractions in Haputale:
The monastery of Saint Benedict/Adisham Bungalow
Originally the house, called Adisham Bungalow in the classic English style was built by an English aristocrat and a tea planter Thomas Lester Villiers in 1931. Today it is the monastery of St Benedict (St Benedict's Monastery). Tourists can explore the living room and the library. Shop for sale strawberry jam, jelly, guava and other products produced at the monastery.
Working hours: 09:00 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 16:30
Entrance fee: RS 100, children 50 (refer to the currency of Sri Lanka, the exchange rate)
How to get there: the monastery is located 4 kilometers from the center (the monastery on the map). You can get there on foot or by tuk-tuk for 100 rupees.
Dambatenne tea factory
Dambatenne Tea Factory is one of the few factories in the surroundings of Haputale, is available for tourist visits. It was built in 1890 by sir Thomas Lipton, one of the founders of the tea industry on the island. Here you will learn how to produce tea during a short tour of the production. The tour concludes with a Cup of freshly brewed tea. The cost per visit is slightly overestimated, especially in other factories in the vicinity of Nuwara Eliya it is generally free, but if you were in these places, be sure to visit.
Working time: Monday to Saturday from 07:30 to 18:00
Entrance fee: 250 rupees
How to get there: the factory is 11 kilometers from the city (the factory is on the map). You can get there by bus number 326 for 25 rupees and 30 minutes.
The route to the railway station of Pattipola
14 kilometers from Haputale is the highest in the country railway station Pattipola, and the route to it along the railway tracks is quite scenic, you will also see several Hindu and Buddhist temple. You can go Hiking to the station, he passes through another town Ohia (Ohiya) and come back by tuk-tuk or train. Getting lost on this route is impossible, you only need to keep the railroad tracks, but the whole route will take nearly all day.
Hours: around the clock
Entrance fee: free
How to get there: walk along the railway tracks.
Lookout Lipton''s Seat
This lookout was once used by sir Thomas Lipton to review its tea plantations, and therefore got its name – the seat of Lipton. It is located at an altitude of 1970 meters, and it offers view, almost not inferior to the famous End of the world on Horton plains, but much cheaper, and besides you can see the ocean. Upstairs there is a simple café where tea is brewing and preparing simple food, so if you get a chance, come here as soon as possible, meet the dawn, and therefore can be taken. The truth will have to wait a bit to open a cafe, so early it doesn't open. If you can't open a café, got to eat with them, there is a gazebo with table.
Hours: around the clock
Entrance fee: 50 rupees per person, RS 100 for the entry of transport
How to get there: the observation deck is located 15 kilometers from Haputale (viewing the map). You can get here by tuk-tuk, but the price is unreasonably high, from 800 rupees one way. You can also take bus No. 326 to the entrance gate at the foot of the hill, continue to walk for 15-20 minutes. Another route is to get to Dambatenne tea factory to see it, and then to the observation 6 kilometers on foot.
Mountain viewpoint Prabhawa
On the mountain there is no observation deck and the road there, at least not yet. But anyone can climb to the top of 1750 meters, and from there to admire the scenery and views of the city. Also upstairs you can look into the shallow cave. The ascent takes an hour and a half and goes through a narrow winding path that starts in St. Andrew's Church.
Hours: around the clock
Entrance fee: free
How to get there: the mountain is close to Haputale (viewing the map).
How to get to Haputale
Haputale is located in a very mountainous area and can get here on the bus uncomfortable. It makes sense to get here on buses just from nearby areas: Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Bandarawela, Ella (change of bus to Bandarawela). Not to go around half the country by train via Colombo, southern beaches better just to get on the bus with a transfer in the town of Wellawaya
Located in Haputale railway station, where stop trains on the route to Badulla from Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and other cities on this route. From Colombo walking daily on the 4 train from Kandy 3. See the schedule on the website of Railways of Sri Lanka https://eservices.railway.gov.lk.