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 30 from Ella (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 and Ella, but thanks to its wonderful mountain landscapes, which are not inferior to more popular neighbors, the fame of the town is increasing. 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 Haputale – the proximity to the popular tourist place is the National Park of Horton plains and "end of the world", which here is very convenient to visit. Town itself is also remarkable. Founded in 1905, it is filled with the spirit of colonial architecture, looks like Nuwara Eliya in miniature.
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 cheap and not very clean establishments for the locals. There are two ATMs in the center near the railway station, but the currency exchange we could not find. No entertainment for tourists in there but exploring the city and surrounding area, and trips to attractions in the area. Therefore, tourists usually stay in Haputale for a couple of nights, not more. This is enough time to visit two top attractions like viewing platform Lipton''s Seat and monastery of St. Benedict, and to enjoy the views from the other viewpoints in the city. But to visit Haputale is real and in one day from Ella or Badulla by train, bus, or rented transport. But we should leave early in the morning to have time to visit at least Lipton''s Seat. And if possible, hire a tuk-tuk or rent a motorbike, and then in one day from Ella's quite possible to visit the loop of featuring free wifi, the Dowa temple, Lipton''s Seat and monastery of St. Benedict, and along the way make a short stop and walk around the city of Bandarawela.
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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:
Lookout Lipton''s Seat
Perhaps this is the best viewpoint in the whole of Sri Lanka, and in order to visit or even to meet the sunrise, tourists intentionally stay in Haputale. Although if you want will not be difficult to visit this place from Ella or Badulla in one day. The lookout was once used by sir Thomas Lipton to review its tea plantations and received its name – the Seat of Lipton. It is located at an altitude of 1970 meters at the cloud level, and hence is open, almost not inferior to the famous end of the world on Horton plains, but much cheaper. Besides, they say that in clear weather you can see the ocean. Read more about lookout Seat Lipton here...
🕐 Operation time: from 05:30 to 17:30. Try to get here in the morning, because after lunch, the summit is often in clouds.
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 100 rupees per person (35.22 RUB, refer to the currency of Sri Lanka), 50 rupees for entry on the night, 100 for the car and tuk-tuk.
🚶 How to get there: the lookout is 15 kilometers from Haputale (viewing the map). To get from Haputale centre on a tuk tuk, asking 800 rupees one way. You can also take bus No. 326 to the entrance gate (cash) 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. Some tourists drive to the top of the tuk-tuk and back to Haputale go on foot, it is a very scenic route.
From Ella return trip will cost 3000 rupees, but you have to bargain. Ideally it is best to come here on a rented motorbike or car from Haputale or Ella. The road is not very good, but to drive without any problems, the asphalt leads to the top. The last 6 kilometers after the Dambatenne tea factory, a narrow serpentine road up where two cars warm up only on dedicated sites, so be careful. You can drive to the top, but sometimes traffic jams of not knowing how to drive cars and tuk tuks, so MOTOBIKE to come here best.
Saint Benedict's monastery
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. In 1961, after the death of sir Thomas, the house along with land bought by the Roman Catholic Church and founded the Catholic convent of St Benedict (St Benedict's Monastery).
This is a very popular place on the weekends come so many local tourists that just is not overcrowded. The territory of the monastery is well-kept and very beautiful, decorated with flowers in European style. Part of the building of the monastery is open to the public as a Museum. Inside only two rooms and a library with a setting of antique furniture and household items that supposedly belonged to sir Thomas. The most interesting thing here – library with antique books on travel around the world, in which there is, including books about travel to Russia. Read more about St. Benedict monastry here...
🕐 Working time: 09:00 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 16:30
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: RS 150 (52.83 RUB, refer to the currency of Sri Lanka), children 75.
🚶 How to get there: located 4 kilometers from the center (the monastery on the map). You can get there on foot or by tuk-tuk for 100 rupees from the centre Haputale, or 3000 rupees back and forth from Ella. If you come here on a rented vehicle, keep in mind that the last mile of the way is a very narrow broken asphalt road leading up. On weekends it can form large tube due to the large number of visitors local residents, so it is sometimes faster to leave the transport at the bottom and go to the monastery on foot.
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 is generally free of the factory, but if you were in these places, be sure to visit.
🕐 Work time: Monday to Saturday from 07:30 to 18:00
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 250 RS
🚶 How to get: the factory is 11 kilometers from the city on the way to the viewing Seat Lipton (factory on the map). You can get there by bus number 326 for 25 rupees and 30 minutes.
The observation deck in Haputale
In addition to the most famous lookout Seat Lipton directly in Haputale there are several excellent and free observation decks with views, which is famous of this city. There are simply unequipped stop along the road with nice views and there is Parking with a café with views of the mountains. Any of them can be visited absolutely free of charge, you only need to get there..
🕐 Working time: visit better in the morning, because after lunch types can hide the clouds.
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free
🚶 How to get: the observation in the city and on its outskirts a few, we noticed on the map some of them (viewing the map, viewing the map, viewing the map, viewing the map). To reach from the centre and from the railway station on foot.
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.
🕐 Time of work: round the clock
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free
🚶 How to get: on foot along the railway tracks.
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.
🕐 Time of work: round the clock
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 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, South beaches best reached by 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.