Haputale, considered to be one of Asia’s most overlooked destinations, is a small slice of heaven on earth in the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Located 5 – 7 hours away from Colombo, Haputale is a picturesque town in Badulla perched on the southern edge of the hill country that serves to be a major biodiversity zone in Sri Lanka due to its close proximity to the
Adisham Monastery and the Thangamale Bird Sanctuary. Moreover, the town also proves to be a perfect nature retreat for the one looking to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life due to the scenic views of the mountains draped in lush green tea plantations that produce some of the best tea leaves in the world.
Adisham monastery is an attraction not to be missed. A short drive from Haputale town will lead you to this absolutely gorgeous place. Adisham, a monastery run by Benedictine Monks, is wrapped in the tranquillity of the misty hills. Surrounded by a birds’ sanctuary and a thick forest cover, Adisham is an ideal place for you to enjoy nature during your holiday in Sri Lanka.
Adisham is an old-day colonial British bungalow, later converted to a monastery and run and maintained by Benedictine Monks. Adisham St. Benedict’s Monastery occupies an extent of 12 acres of land and the bungalow consists of forty rooms. Visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty around the monastery garden with lovely flower beds. Beautiful Orchids and Roses are planted in this garden. The upper side of the monastery is a forest and a bird sanctuary.
Thangamale Bird Sanctuary
Nestled high in the lush green hill country of Sri Lanka, the Thangamale Bird Sanctuary may be one of the lesser-known nature reserves in the country, however, it certainly does not lack in giving the wildlife junkie and adventure thrill seeker a unique experience. Boasting of some of the more endemic and rare birds of Sri Lanka, along with other wildlife, the bird sanctuary serves to be an idyllic setting for the hardcore birder and wildlife enthusiast. Coupled with some of the more serene views of the central highlands draped in a cascade of lush greenery, the sanctuary also serves to be ideal for the one looking for that perfect scenery, making it all the more enticing for the wide-eyed traveler.
The name Lipton’s Seat says it all. It is a famous viewpoint 1970m above sea level. This precise spot in the Haputale Mountains overlooking the Dambetenna Tea Estate is where Sir Thomas Lipton used to sit and contemplate his plantation with its stony landscape and green tea bushes.
Dambatenne Tea Factory
This popular tea factory was built in 1890 by Sir Thomas Lipton, one of the most famous figures in tea history. The tour through the works is an education on the processes involved in the fermentation, rolling, drying, cutting, sieving and grading of tea. It’s probably the most comprehensive tea-factory tour around, and afterward, you can sip a cup of tea. On Sundays no processing takes place, so there’s little to see.
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