At a glance

Haputale is a stunning mountainous town hidden in the hills. Situated at the far southern end of the hill country, it is usually a stopping point when visiting Horton Plains. The lush hue of tea bushes spread across the verdant landscape is its highlight, and the town is predominantly Tamil due to the large numbers of tea estate workers. Haputale to Nuwara Eliya, the highland’s principal city, is only an hour’s drive away and has a scenic railway journey too. Its location on a narrow mountain ridge provides sweeping views across the region, sometimes reaching as far as the southern coast of the island. Haputale weather is a refreshing and invigorating respite from the hot lowland.

Hidden Gems

  • Surungamuni Shrine dedicated to a Hindu deity has a cave where ancient rituals took place.
  • Dunhinda is one of the most attractive waterfalls in the country and has a smoky spray.
  • Idalgashinna to Haputale railway walk is unique and takes you through Thangamale.
  • A hike to the top of Diyaluma Falls, Sri Lanka’s second-tallest waterfall, offers stunning vistas.
  • Ravana Falls and cave date back to the times of King Ravana, the Sri Lankan king of Ramayana.

Where to Shop in Haputale

When in Haputale, like in other tea country destinations, the best item to buy is, tea. You can do so on your visits to tea factories and Ceylon Tea Centre.

Where to Eat in Haputale

Lettuce and Cabbage, Sunrise, Glace Pastry and Bakery, Golden Hill Tea Centre, V Café, Royal Top, and Risara are popular restaurants for eating out. Haputale hotels offer a range of in-house dining too.

The Route

Best Times to Visit

It is an all-year destination.