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Haputale Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 36 photos

Head for the Hills

Straddling a high ridge in the southern hill country, maybe Haputale's chief attaction is the most incredible views. On a clear day you can see the south coast and Sri Pada (Adams Peak) is sometimes visible from the high point east of the town. What most struck me about the view south is that the curvature of the earth is clearly apparent, I've been around but this place left me lost for words.

Another plus is the climate, a sort of English summer with cool mornings and warm afternoons, perfect for walkers, twitchers and anyone seeking escape from the heat and hassel of the tourist resorts.

Haputale is very easy to reach for independent travellers, there are frequent buses and the town is right on the railway line. This is the perfect destination for rail travellers, The trip from Colombo is one of the worlds great railway journeys, its quite a haul and you will be more than ready for a break by Haputale and there is plenty of cheap accommodation including my particular favourite, Dias Rest (see the accommodation tips on my Sri Lanka page).

Haputale is a good base for exploring this part of Sri Lanka, there is a bank, the shops have everything you are likely to want and there is much less hassle here from ‘guides’ than in other more tourist orientated towns. Vans are available for hire near the railway crossing, you shuold negotiate a price. If you stay with Dias he will advise you on places to see and can arrange most things you need (he does this as a service to his guests and not to make profit from you).

It’s a friendly town of mainly Tamil and Muslim people, a lot of tea is grown and processed here. My German friend Oliver has created an interesting Haputale website with lots of excellent photographs and information (address below).

Where to Stay

I usually stay with Dias (see tips) in the village of Thotulagala - a peaceful easy going place 3km from Haputale and the railway but the most comfortable place to stay is probably Amarasinghe guesthouse, which is nearer the town.

If you want impossibly cheap, detached accommodation with a working family in a stunning, comparatively isolated and hugely atmospheric mountain-side position then choose Dias Rest, which you are likely to have to yourself but for more comfort (at only slightly more expense)then go for the charming and warm Amarasinghe Guest House.

Useful Websites

www.haputale.de/

www.amarasingheguest.com

Dias Rest: http://people.freenet.de/diasrest/

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Laid Back, Cool, Wonderful
  • Cons:Grumpy Sinhala ShopKeepers - Use Tamil Shops
  • In a nutshell:Staggering Views and Good Accommodation
  • Last visit to Haputale: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 24, 2009
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  • PierreZA's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2010 at 5:50 AM

    Dias Rest seems to be a great place to stay.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Wow, these are really exotic hotels! But glad you got a good night's sleep...Norman :)

  • Cockleshell's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    travelling by train though the Hill Country was my most memorable train journey.. ever! and yes, Amarasinghe guest house is a great place to stay.. I liked it too

  • Sambawalk's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2006 at 8:21 AM

    Another great page of SL. What a view! Dont mind to stay there for a week just to enjoy the beautiful scenery!

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