There are many things to do in Hatton, from hiking up the sacred Adam’s Peak to trekking to Lover’s leap Waterfall. Hatton offers explorers a world of wonder to discover, whether travelling with their children, friends, or partners.
Hatton is known for its Ceylon tea plantations and serves as a gateway to Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
Sri Pada means “holy footprint” and refers to Adam’s first steps on earth after being cast out of heaven. As a result, pilgrims made their way to the monument at the very top of the mountain. Most hikers begin their journey from Dalhousie (Hatton Road), the main access point to Adams Peak.
Where do you stay when climbing Adams Peak?
Accommodation for climbing Adam’s Peak
You have two options for lodging: Hatton or Dalhousie. Dalhousie is a small village right at the trail’s beginning, while Hatton is a well-connected town 30 kilometres away.
Is it worth climbing Adam’s Peak?
Climbing Adams Peak is worthwhile if you can appreciate the beauty between Hatton and Dalhousie, if you have time to take in the scenery and interact with the locals, or if you take part in the annual pilgrimage.
How long does it take to climb to the top of Sri Pada?
Depending on fitness, crowds, and breaks, most people take 3-5 hours to reach the summit, and it will take 1-2 hours to return to normal. Climbing Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) is a popular activity for tourists and locals. Avoid peak times if you want to avoid being surrounded by religious pilgrims and Sri Lankan families on your trek.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
As Hatton is the gateway to Sinharaja Forest, you can experience the wildlife too. Sinharaja is extremely difficult to reach, but it is well worth the effort! A trek with one of the local guides will take you through the dense, loud jungle.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve is Sri Lanka’s largest forest. There are many endemic species and plants to see, as well as birds, lizards, snails, snakes, butterflies, and millipedes.
Devon falls is located on the A7 highway between Thalawakele and Hatton. This fall can be seen easily from the main road, and the main road establishes a particular viewpoint, and you can park your vehicle and enjoy the view of the fall and surroundings. The famous Mlesna Tea Castle is close to Devon fall viewpoint, so you can visit and sip a hot cup of tea from there.
The Mlesna Castle
Mlesna Tea Castle is the world’s largest Tea House, with a spacious Tea Gift Shop offering a wide range of Tea-related products ranging from a small Tea Scoop to a 22 karat Gold Plated Tea Pot.
The tea castle is beautifully designed and meticulously maintained. The views are breathtaking, with the Devon Falls providing a welcome sight to tired eyes.
Travel through the verdant mist-laden mountains of Hatton. While in town, visit a tea factory to learn about the century-old craft. You can learn how they pluck tea, dry it through machines, and separate the best tea leaves from the worst. Unfortunately, the locals do not often get to taste the best quality tea.
Do you know who was the first to bring tea to Sri Lanka?
Tea was first introduced to British Ceylon by James Taylor, a Scottish tea planter. He arrived in British Ceylon in 1852 and established himself on the Loolecondera estate in Delthota. In British Ceylon, he collaborated with Scottish merchant Thomas Lipton to develop the tea industry.
You can find his statue at Mlesna Castle.
Hatton is much more relaxed than the rest of the island because it is 4,170 feet above sea level and a famous British vacation spot. Today, Hatton is best known for its tea and magnificent nature, so put on your walking shoes and prepare to visit Hatton and discover its charming attractions.