Haputale and Horton Plains National Park

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A very interesting (and slightly delayed) train journey took me from Hatton to Haputale. The new years days were still being celebrated, so the train was totally crowded with locals on their way visiting relatives or taking a few days off in Nuwara Eliya, which is a very popular destination for people who can afford it and want to enjoy some days in the relatively cool environment there.

After approximately half the distance it started raining heavily, and it didn't stop for the rest of the day, so when I got to Haputale in the late afternoon I just took a stroll around the (tiny) town, had something to eat, and retreated to the guest house with my eBook reader, which I really learned to love during the trip.
The tea plantations around Haputale
Hardly any weight or size, and more than enough books to read for even the longest journey.

Err...anyway, back to Sri Lanka.. ;-)

Haputale is famous for its tea fields, and Sir Thomas Lipton himself came here to buy some plantations and factories, which turned out to become the starting point of his tea-empire. So there is definitely some history involved here. But even without that famous tea pioneer, the area has a lot to offer. Firstly there is the breathtaking scenery. Get out very early in the morning, drive up one of the roads leading to the main tea plantations, and with a little luck (= no mist), you will have a huge deep valley sitting in front of you as far as you can see.
Drive or walk even higher, until you reach "Lipton's Seat", a famous lookout point on top of the hills, and you will have a 360°-panorama over endless tea fields.
World's End, Horton Plains National Park


Haputale is one of those places that look seriously unimpressive when you first reach them, but get better and better the more you see. I would recommend it to everybody who travels through the highlands of Sri Lanka!

After a visit to the local Dambatenne tea factory (including a very knowledgeable guide showing me the process of tea-making), I went a few kilometers westwards to Sri Lankas tallest waterfalls, the Bambarakanda Falls. As I said, It was very rainy the day before, and starting to pour down again, so the falls were really in top shape. Which also meant that I was soaking wet after just walking past the bottom of the fall. I believe the local kids bathing there were quite amused to see me running around, trying to find a good spot for pictures while at the same time desperately trying to save my camera from sudden water-death.
Horton Plains National Park


The next day was going to be another highlight: Horton Plains National Park. Again, I started very early, because the Hortin Plains lies on top of a very deep valley. That means that as soon as the sun heats up the air in the lower areas, clowds build and raise to the plains, covering everything in thick mist.

The whole National Park is a very nice highland area with a vegetation that is quite uncommon for Sri Lanka. Lots of bushes, flat grasslands, and a large population of deer.

The most famous spot up here is World's End, a spectacular steep cliff dropping down over 1.000 meters into a valley. I spent almost an hour there just enjoying the view and taking pictures.

There is also the Baker's Falls, a quite low but wide waterfall, which I liked even more than the Bambarakanda Falls.

On my way back to Haputale I visited the Adisham Benedictine Monastery. Interesting to find something like that here. The building itself and the surrounding gardens were very nice, but the inside of the monastery (at least the part open to visitors) is not really a must-see.

The two days in Haputale were well spent, and visiting Horton Plains, though a little expensive, is worth every cent (20$ entry fee + transportation costs there and back again).
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The tea plantations around Haputale
The tea plantations around Haputale
World's End, Horton Plains Nation…
Horton Plains National Park
Horton Plains National Park
On the train from Hatton to Haputa…
On the train from Hatton to Haput…
On the train from Hatton to Haputa…
On the train from Hatton to Haput…
Rain setting in in the afternoon
Rain setting in in the afternoon
The tea plantations around Haputal…
The tea plantations around Haputa…
The tea plantations around Haputale
The tea plantations around Haputale
View from Liptons Seat Lookout
View from Lipton's Seat Lookout
A little background knowledge ;-)
A little background knowledge ;-)
Liptons Seat
Lipton's Seat
The tea plantations around Haputale
The tea plantations around Haputale
The tea plantations around Haputale
The tea plantations around Haputale
The tea plantations around Haputale
The tea plantations around Haputale
Inside the Dambatenne Tea Factory
Inside the Dambatenne Tea Factory
Inside the Dambatenne Tea Factory
Inside the Dambatenne Tea Factory
Bambarakanda Falls. I was almost a…
Bambarakanda Falls. I was almost …
Bambarakanda Falls
Bambarakanda Falls
On the way to the Horton Plains. A…
On the way to the Horton Plains. …
Horton Plains National Park
Horton Plains National Park
Worlds End, Horton Plains Nationa…
World's End, Horton Plains Nation…
Worlds End, Horton Plains Nationa…
World's End, Horton Plains Nation…
Worlds End, Horton Plains Nationa…
World's End, Horton Plains Nation…
Horton Plains National Park
Horton Plains National Park
Bakers Falls, Horton Plains Natio…
Baker's Falls, Horton Plains Nati…
Bakers Falls, Horton Plains Natio…
Baker's Falls, Horton Plains Nati…
Horton Plains National Park
Horton Plains National Park
Adisham Benedictine Monastery, nea…
Adisham Benedictine Monastery, ne…
Adisham Benedictine Monastery, nea…
Adisham Benedictine Monastery, ne…
Adisham Benedictine Monastery, nea…
Adisham Benedictine Monastery, ne…
View towards the road to Haputale,…
View towards the road to Haputale…
Haputale
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