Welcome to Haputale - In the Mountains of Sri Lanka

 Dear friends and visitors of Haputale,

I remember my first visit in 1991 when there were only very less information about Haputale shortly mentioned in some guide books. Haputale - also known as Haputhale - was just a stopover from somewhere to somewhere else but now there are lot of reasons to visit Haputale for some days. This private city homepage of Haputale will offer needful information for lowbudget travellers, backpackers, honeymooners, families, bikers and hikers.

Haputale view from house t'En Zal.

Sunset over Haputale


You can visit here sights like Adisham Monestery, Surungamuni Kovil which offers bird-eyes-view over Haputale town and to Adams Peak, visit the nearby cave or in Dambetenne the Lipton tea factory. Above is the Samimale Rock Temple with excellent view to opp. Lipton Seat (1935 m). Walk up to the TV tower or take the shortcut down to Pitaratmalie Estate. Make a daywalk alongside the railroad to Indulgashinna, follow the forest road behind Adisham or take one of hundreds of paths in the tea estates. Climb up the lonesome mountains and meet friendly tea pluckers. Enjoy the fresh air, cool climate, flora and fauna. There are lot of monkeys around, wild cocks, deers, rabbits, porky pines and colourful birds. Overview the southern plains from Wellawaya and Yala Nationalpark to Udawalawe Nationalpark, Kataragama temple, Hambantota lighthouse and scarpy Horton Plains as well as the northwestern mountains around Sri Pada, Boralanda, Diyatalawa, Bandarawela and far away Nuwara Eliya. Also there are lot of 3-wheelers and vans for day tours to Horton Plains, Bandarawela (shopping), Badulla (Dunhinda Fall), Doha Temple, Ella, Koslanda, Bambarakanda and Diyaluma Fall.

Myself coming from the Baltic Sea I always like to stay in Haputale, walk through the wide estates and climb over housesize rocks, explore caves and talk to the locals. I found here friends like the families of Mr. Dias and Mr. Hameed from Thotulagala and fall in love with flora and fauna. With Dias I made some exciting trecking tours like a 250 km Millenium tour (2000) from Totapola down the riverbanks of Ohiya Oya, Uma Oya and Mahaweli Ganga to Mahiyangana and the longest 600 km foot walk around the mountains of Nuwara Eliya, Horton Plains and Adams Peak (Sri Pada) to Hatton and down the 332 km of Mahaweli Ganga to the Bay of Trincomalee (2003).

It´s good to know that I found a place and family in Sri Lanka where I feel like home. You are welcome to visit them or one of so many beautiful guesthouses in Haputale were the owners like to treat you like a family member. They will offer you maximum information, service and help you whereever they can. Use the left navigation to find information about Sights, Shops, Hospital, Petrol Station, Banks, Guesthouses, Restaurants, Communication, Taxi and Travel Services, Timetables for Bus and Train, Churches, City Maps, Estates, Festivals, Guide Books, Nature and Animals, Market and Fair, Mosques, Offices, Online Newspapers, Police Station, Post Office, Public Library, Railway Station, Schools, Social Projects,Temples, etc.

I have some new photos at facebook haputale.de

Enjoy Haputale, I wish you a nice time!

E. Oliver

(Last update March 2015)


Bird eyes view from Surungamuni Kovil (near Cave) down to Haputale.

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