A small hill town Haputale is still an underrated destination in Sri Lanka. I might not know about this beautiful hill station until my trip here. The scenic beauty of Haputale made me speechless. Now I can say Haputale should be on your bucket list even as a romantic and relaxing destination. A trip to romantic gateway Haputale in Sri Lanka can be your lifetime experience. Whether you’re a solo traveler, nature lover or seeking a quiet and romantic holiday destination Haputale is best in all way. Details inside to enjoy your trip to Haputale.
Scenic Hill Town Haputale in Sri Lanka
Haputale belongs to Badulla district, the center part of Sri Lanka. This hill station is 1431 meters above the sea level and the temperature is low throughout the year. I made a solo trip here by rail. I stayed one night in the main town of Haputale. The main tourist attraction of Haputale is the Lipton’s Seat. I enjoyed a road trip to Lipton’s Seat. It was such a scenic road trip and now Haputale became one of my top travel destinations in Sri Lanka. How about a trip to Haputale with your loving one this upcoming Valentine’s Day?
A travel video on the scenic beauty of Haputale before you go through the post.
The best part of Haputale is everywhere here you’ll find the postcard view which covered with misty clouds, mountain ranges, and lush green tea plantations. You can take a road trip here by bus or taxi. A walking tour or trekking is also the best way to see the extreme landscape of the fascinating hill town Haputale. Haputale is not overcrowded by many tourists so just an ultimate relaxing destination to enjoy a scenic romantic holiday.
Postcard View of Romantic Haputale
How To Reach
There are two ways to reach Haputale, either by rail or by road. From Colombo to Badulla Road is the best option if you’re traveling by road. You’ll find many public buses. But the train journey is the enjoyable one from Colombo to Badulla. The rush is more from Colombo to Ella, so you’ll experience less crowd till Haputale and after that Ella.
To enjoy the real excitement, book your rail ticket in 2nd or 3rd class. Here you’ll be able to photograph a lot from the open window and door. For the scenic views, you’ll even enjoy standing in front of the door if you can’t manage a seat.
I traveled by Expo Rail from Nanu Oya Railway Station to Haputale Railway Station. It took one and half an hour to reach the station. The journey was awesome, on the way enjoyed the superb view of mountains, lush tea plantations. The 1st class train service by Expo Rail was too good, served snacks and I loved to take the taste of one cup of fresh Ceylon Tea for the first time in Sri Lanka. But sadly Expo Rail is no more operational since September 2017. I wish they start their standard railway service soon again.
When To Visit
In between January to May is the best time to explore the spectacular beauty of Haputale. During this time the average temperature in Haputale is neither too cold nor too hot. But overall the climate of Haputale is cooler all over the year compared to other destinations and hill stations in Sri Lanka. To get clear mountainous views avoid visiting Haputale during monsoon especially in the month of October.
Beautiful Road of Haputale
Where to Stay
There are some standard mid-range hotels and also budget hotels and guest houses to stay in Haputale. I loved my one night stay at Olympus Plaza Hotel, it took just 5 mins to reach from Haputale Railway Station. The location of this hotel is very scenic. This is one of the top hotels in Haputale, buffet breakfast is complimentary, free wifi is available from the lobby to hotel rooms. The spectacular landscape view of Haputale from the hotel balcony is the plus point you’ll love to stay at this hotel.
Olympus Plaza Hotel
Spectacular View From Olympus Plaza Hotel Balcony
Some Recommended Hotels
- Olympus Plaza Hotel
- Amarasinghe Guesthouse
- Melheim Resort
- Belview Guesthouse
- ABC Guest Inn
- Lilly Guest Inn
Top Attractions in Haputale
A scenic and romantic drive from Dambatenne Tea Factory to Lipton’s Seat is something you should not miss in Haputale. You can even enjoy trekking through the tea plantations. On the way, you’ll find many tea workers working. You can have a cup of tea with them or can just sit idly and enjoy the breathtaking views of hills, with green tea fields and clouds. More up you’ll go more outstanding is the views.
Scenic Romantic Drive To Enjoy in Haputale
With Tea Workers in Dambatenne
Dambatenne Tea Factory
Do you know about Lipton Tea? Lipton is the world famous tea brand and Dambatenne Tea Factory belongs to Sir Thomas Lipton. The well-renowned marketing guru Lipton established this oldest tea factory in 1890. Dambatenne Tea Factory is now one of the popular tourist attractions in Haputale. This is 1800 meters above the sea level and this factory will lead you to Lipton’s Seat. If you want, you can visit the factory and see the traditional tea processing system.
Dambatenne Tea Factory
Ever thought how can be one particular spot became so famous? Yes, I’m talking about Lipton’s Seat. Here you’ll get the chance to sit with the statue of Lipton and the backdrop of most outstanding views of entire Haputale. The 360-degree view from Lipton’s Seat is one of the breathtaking views of the world. This beauty is not possible to express until you make a trip here.
Famous Lipton’s Seat
The Breathtaking Views From Lipton’s Seat
Lipton’s Seat is 1970 meters above the sea level. Early morning is the best time to visit this topmost tourist attraction in Haputale. You’ll get a parking spot here. This destination is best to photograph. I’ll say this is the place to look deep into nature to understand everything better.
Lush Green Tea Plantations With Mountain Ranges
Some other attractions in Haputale are Diyaluma Waterfall, the second highest (220 m) waterfall in Sri Lanka. And the beautiful Adhisham Monastery is also worth to visit if you like exploring historical architecture during the British rule in Sri Lanka.
Undoubtedly, Haputale is one of the top romantic gateways to present you an actual relaxing holiday for some days.
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Nafisa Habib loves nature and often got fascinated by old beautiful architecture. Here she is with My Own Way To Travel to share her adventures on the road. To her nothing is so interesting than exploring new destinations around. And knowing a new culture and meeting new peoples on the road? Oh, yeah she just loves that too.