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.
At a glance
Haputale Lipton’s Seat
It is Sri Lanka’s most impressive viewpoint and is named after Thomas Lipton, the pioneer of Ceylon Tea. On a clear day, it overlooks seven different provinces.
This exquisite Benedictine monastery once belonged to tea planter Sir Thomas Lester Villiers. It is one of only 18 Sylvestrine monasteries in the world.
Dambatenna Tea Factory
Built by Sir Thomas Lipton in 1890, this legendary factory allows you to watch fermentation, rolling, drying, cutting, sieving, and grading of tea.
It is a bird sanctuary and highland forest with a ridge-top walking trail. The sanctuary part of Glennanore Tea Estate is 131 hectares with rock cliffs.
Dhowa Rock Temple
This 2000-year old heritage Buddhist temple situated in an ancient village is famous for its unfinished Buddha rock carving and Kandyan era paintings.
- 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.