Welcome to Haputale

The scruffy town centre is a dusty ribbon of traffic, three-wheelers and small-scale commerce. But take a short walk and you’ll be rewarded with extraordinary views. The railway hugs one side of the ridge in a minor victory for 19th-century engineering.

Haputale is a useful base for trips to Horton Plains; guesthouses arrange vans for Rs 4500 per person.

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$10 Day Trips & Excursions

Enjoy the Sunrise at the Famous Lipton Seat - Tea and Picnic Breakfast included

At 4.15am you will be picked up from Haputale in a Safari Jeep. Following a scenic route through the Dambatenne tea plantation you will reach the Famous Lipton Seat View Point in time for Sunrise to enjoy spectacular views and a nice cup of tea. On your way back to Haputale we will treat you to a Picnic Breakfast in the middle of this epic Haputale mountain range whilst enjoying the mesmerising views. Our experienced local drivers know every inch of these beautiful circuitous roads and will ensure your safety and comfort. The whole tour will last approximately 4-5 hrs and we ensure you lasting memories of this unforgettable experience.

$190 Outdoor Activities

Trekking Camping

Perched along a stunning mountain ridge, the quiet town of Haputale holds a treasure trove of activities and experiences for the wandering explorer. Labelled as one of the most overlooked destinations in Asia in 2010 by CNN, this sleepy town is approximately 1431 m above sea level and is rich with flora and fauna. Surrounded by mountains of tea and cloud forests, Haputale is generally colder than its surrounding towns. One of the most famous attractions here is known as Lipton’s Seat; where Sir Thomas Lipton would sit on a fine day and admire his tea plantations from. Take a stroll through lush plantations, hike up stunning hills, wander through national parks or simply sit in your garden with a warm cup of Ceylon tea as you enjoy the cold weather and the breathtaking landscapes. Nature and tea plantation trekking to world famous Lipton seat. (7.00 am) Lipton’s Seat was the iconic point where Sir Thomas Lipton, the Scotsman who followed James Taylor’s footsteps in tea plantations, would sit and admire his acres of tea plantations. The Dambatenna Estate where the tea from his estate is produced and packed, has been in operation since the 1800s. It’s a great place to enjoy a mesmerizing view of the surrounding verdant hills of tea and vegetable patches. Visit highest waterfall of Sri Lanka, Babarakanda waterfall (11.00 am) Trek to the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka, Bambarakanda Falls measures about 263 m in height and is said to be amongst the tallest in the world. Cascading between acres of pine forest, the area is ideal for a picnic. The natural pool at the base of the waterfall is great for a quick plunge, do keep in mind that the currents can get strong, so swim with caution. You can hike to the top of the falls if you follow the Horse Trail. Taste delicious local Tamil foods (Lunch) Tamil food is packed with a range of flavour and spice, mostly inspired from the southern Indian state of Kerala. With influences from Kerala and the island itself, the cuisine here is scrumptious and mouthwatering. Visit Adisham Bungalow  (After lunch) The Adisham Bungalow is a country house located in Haputale that is now being used as the Adisham monastery of Saint Benedict. The bungalow was initially the home of the famous tea planter, Sir Thomas Lester Villiers, who built it to resemble his house back home in England. Although only parts of the house can be visited, much of the original antiques and furniture still remain inside. Camping in untouched high lands in haputale (Overnight stay) Camping gear in tow, spend the night in the highlands of Haputale, surrounded by the blissful sights and sounds of rugged nature.

$49 Outdoor Activities

Best Things To Do In Ella - 3 Icon Trekking Tour

7.00 am – pick up from the hotel near Ella, Wellawaya, Haputale and Bandarawela.8.00 am – Start the hike to Ella rock. En-route enjoy refreshments snakes and either king coconut or Ceylon tea. The iconic Ella Rock is a mesmerizing view point that gives you an unhindered view of the mountain silhouettes and the villages below. Loved by hikers and nature enthusiasts, conquering Ella rock during your stay here is an absolute must! 11.30 am – depart for Demodara 9 arch bridge. The famous Nine Arches Bridge has made it to almost every Instagram feed of explorers to the  island. The bridge is located between Ella and Demodara railway stations and is most famous because of its curved structure. Known to be the best example of a colonial-era railway, the bridge has attracted tourists from around the world. The bridge is approximately 30m high. 1.00 pm – lunchstart the hike for Little Adam’s peak. You will have refreshments on top of mountain while enjoying endless green views across south coast and sunset. Deriving its name from its big brother, the sacred mountain Adam’s Peak, Little Adam’s Peak is 2243m above sea level. The trail to the mountain is fairly average and would require you to have a medium level of fitness. With marked paths, you’ll have to clamber through some narrow rocky areas to reach the summit. The view from the peak is definitely worth the arduous climb. There are a number of hotels located in the area to cater to the large number of tourists that visit the mountain. The ideal time to start your hike is either in the morning or late evening, 5.30 pm – Drop off to the hotel

$49 Outdoor Activities

Day Tour Ella to Haputale

7.00 am – pick up from the hotel near Ella, Haputale and Bandarawela.8.00 am – Start the trekking / walking or biking tour to Leapton  Seat. Lipton’s Seat is the most famous viewpoint where the man himself, Sir Thomas Lipton used to look over his tea plantation and host tea parties with his guests. Lipton’s Seat is the highest observation point located on the hills of Poonagala, near the Dambatenne Tea Factory. For the best view, visit before 10.00 am. Tea and vegetable plantations, endless views across south coast, smiling school children and amazing nature en-route makes you amazed. 10.00 Refreshments with local tamil foods11.00 am –  Enjoy Adisham Bungalow trekking / walking or cycling Adisham Bungalow is a country house located near Haputale. Built in 1931 by Sir Thomas Villiers, an English aristocrat and painter on an area of 12 acres, the bungalow consists of 40 rooms. Curious travellers can explore the grounds of the monastery at specific times during the day. Stroll through flourishing orchards and orchid paths as you admire the expansive, colourful gardens of the monastery. 1.00 pm - Lunch2.00 pm - Visit Highest waterfall in Sri Lanka, Babarakanda Waterfall Trek to the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka, Bambarakanda Falls measures about 263m in height and is said to be amongst the tallest in the world. Cascading between acres of pine forest, the area is ideal for a picnic. The natural pool at the base of the waterfall is great for a quick plunge, do keep in mind that the currents can get strong, so swim with caution. You can hike to the top of the falls if you follow the Horse Trail. 4.30 pm -Refreshments5.30 pm - Drop-off to hotel

$60 Day Trips & Excursions

Adisham Rail Tour from Ella

You will be starting your tour at 8:30 am from your hotel in Ella or Bandarawela; where you will be picked up by a tuk tuk, the most famed mode of local transport. Once you get to the train station; you will be boarding the 9:00 am train to Haputale. Along the way your view will change from bright sunshine over cloud forests interspersed with rolling hills; to misty peaks, tree plantations and sleeting rain.After disembarking from the train at 10:30 am, you will begin the hike to Adisham Bungalow. Your guide will lead you along the railway tracks. Skipping along the old wooden railway sleepers is a fun experience in itself. You’ll be in no danger since you’ll be walking by during a period of lull; and you can also see and hear any passing trains from a great distance away, allowing your guide to conduct you safely.Once you get to Adisham Bungalow by approximately 11:30 am, you’ll find yourself facing a beautiful old stone Tudor manor. The house was designed and built by Sir Thomas Lister Villiers in the early 1900s. You’ll be able to admire its perfectly polished wooden balustrades and hardwood floors, attractive interior decor and interesting architecture. Adisham was designed after Leeds Castle located in Kent, in the UK. It too has sprawling lawns and colorful gardens populated by a myriad of local birdlife and butterflies. You will also be able to take part in the guided tour of the bungalow and learn more about it. At 1:00 pm you will be moving to a tea estate nearby; where you will be treated to a delicious picnic lunch. Afterwards, at 2:30 pm you will be hiking back to the train station in Haputale and boarding the train. A tuk tuk will drop you off back at your hotel by 5:00 pm.Your Day Itinerary • 08:30 am – pick up from the hotel near Ella and Bandarawela • 09:00 am – start the tour for Haputale from Train. • 10:30 am – reach to Haputale town and start the walk to the Adisham Bungalow along the railway. • 11:30 am – reach to the Bungalow • 01:00 pm – lunch (middle of the tea plantations) • 02:30 pm – walk back to Haputale town along the railway. • 03:30 pm – Back to Ella, Bandarawela from Train • 05:00 pm – Drop off at Hotel Comfortable clothes for cooler weather, walking shoes and hats recommended for this tour.

$25 Tours & Sightseeing

Trekking & Picnic in The Tea Plantation

 9.AM we will meet the clients at Bandarawela Railway station or we will organize to pick the clients from their hotel in Ella-Haputale or Bandarawela at 8.30.AM and transfer to the starting point, from the starting point  you will do the hike with Experienced local trekking guide and learn all about the Tea You Drink all your life. you will see a ladies plucking tea you can join them to plucking some Tea and have life time experience  Tea production is one of the main sources of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka and accounts for Employments directly or indirectly, over 1 million people, and in 1995 directly employed 215,338 on tea plantations and estates. Sri Lanka is the world’s fourth-largest producer of tea. In 1995, it was the world’s leading exporter ofThe humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall of the country’s central highlands provide a climate that favors the production of high-quality tea. The industry was introduced to the country in 1867 by James Taylor, a British planter who arrived in 1852.The major tea growing areas are Hatton  and Nuwara Eliya in Central Province, Badulla, Bandarawela and Haputale in Uva provinceSri Lanka’s hill district is carpeted with beautiful terraced tea plantations. Perhaps the most famous is Lipton Tea’s original plantation near Haputale, which still grows and sells a variety of teas