Up country Sri Lanka is home to many natural wonders. Hatton is one such wonder lying encapsulated in lush green tea plantations nestled high in the mountains and surrounded by majestic waterfalls. Located 4 hours East of Colombo, Hatton’s lush greenery can be considered to be a South Asian take on the Garden of Eden as it displays Mother Nature at her best.

Top Reason to Visit

It is without a doubt its ecological heritage and religious significance takes the top reason to visit the city, since it is home to some of the most majestic waterfalls, abundance of tea plantations, Adam’s Peak, regarded as one of the main pilgrimage sites in the Buddhist world, and serves as the entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve.

While You're There

Waterfalls galore:

The tea capital of Sri Lanka is also home to some stunning waterfalls that still showcase its cascading beauty. Devon Falls, St. Clair’s Falls (sometimes called ‘Little Niagara’) and Laxapana Falls are some of the most visited and most notable natural landmarks in this Sri Lankan version of the Garden of Eden.

Tea plantation visit is a must:

Jaunting along an exquisite tea trail such as that in Norwood Estate, located just a few kilometres away from the city centre, is something that can only be experienced in Hatton. This is just one of the few tea plantations in the country that allow you to sit down and have a cup of fresh tea while looking at the refinement process of what goes into your mugs.

The daunting peak of Adam:

Hatton also serves as one of the main starting points for pilgrims to partake in the arduous climb up Adam’s Peak or ‘Sripadaya’, one of the holiest mountains containing a large footprint on the summit believed to be Lord Buddha’s, Prophet Adam’s, Father Adam’s or Lord Shiva’s (depending on the major religious scriptures followed in the country). The arduous climb up to the top is not only a journey towards spiritual enlightenment, but also rewards you with a natural display to marvel as the sunrise witnessed from the peak will make you feel truly blessed.

Enter the Lion Kingdom:

Sri Lanka’s great ecological heritage too can be discovered through this mountain city as it serves as one of the entry points to the largest rainforest in the country, the Sinharaja Rainforest or ‘Lion’s Kingdom rainforest’. It is considered a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Insider Advice

Travel: Getting about the city is quite easy as there is ample transportation in the form of buses and tuk-tuks. Tuk-tuks that have fixed meters would charge LKR 50 for the first kilometre and LKR 40 thereafter, however, there are many that do not have meters fixed thus making the need to haggle. Calculating the distance of your destination would make negotiations all the more easier.

Money: It is imperative to carry cash in hand with small notes like LKR 20s, LKR 50s and LKR 100s for everyday expenses as the small shops generally do not accept credit or debit cards.

Clothing: Hatton is a rural city that follows a conservative tradition and this is further accentuated by its close association to the sacred Adam’s Peak. In other words, a conservative dress code is a must when visiting the city.

Safety: The city is a very safe place in general, however, be mindful of your personal belongings as there is a chance for your belongings to be snatched unknowingly, especially in crowded places.

Meals and refreshments: Hatton’s city centre is home to some great local eateries that will allow you to indulge in some local cuisine for reasonable prices giving you a wide range of options.

From the lush greenery, the abundance of tea plantations and the nearby Sinharaja Rainforest to its religious significance serving as the entrance to ‘Sripadaya’, the mountain city of Hatton is truly a place not to miss during your stay in the paradise island of Sri Lanka.

Title image by: Jehan Gamalathge
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