At an altitude of 4736 feet, Haputale is located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Its high elevation in the mountainous setting makes it a spectacular destination to explore.
Being located along the southern mountain edge the little hill station features spectacular views of the northern part of the Island as well as views across the southern plains up to the coast. For the best views of the surrounding areas visit the Haputale Gap. From the Horton Plains National Park to the rocky peaks of Hakgala and Namunukula and from Nuwara Eliya to the southern ocean waters and the Hambantota lighthouse the Gap provides breathtaking bird`s eye views of the entire area. The climate, the natural setting and the beauty of the area makes Haputale an ideal destination to hike, trek, cycle and even walk to explore the gifts of Mother Nature. You can also explore the Dambatenna Tea Factory of Lipton fame, the neo-Gothic St. Andrew`s Church, the Benedictine monastery of Addisham and the famous Lipton`s Seat.
The KNUCKLES MOUNTAIN RANGE (so-called because its appearance resembles a set of knuckles in a closed fist) is a major eco tourism venue of Sri Lanka and has been declared a conservation area, now known as the KNUCKLES NATIONAL HERITAGE AND WILDERNESS AREA .
The region stretches an impressive 155 sq km that contains five major forest formations, a wide variety of rare and endemic flora and fauna and some breathtaking mountain scenery of Sri Lanka . It is a real paradise for those who love to hike or mountain bike , offering numerous mountainous trails that journey across clear rivers, through dense forests, past flowing waterfalls and lush tea plantations, and alongside terraced paddy fields and colourful Kandyan home gardens. The chance to visit traditional small mountain villages in the area gives an interesting insight into the close-knit atmosphere that such a local community fosters and provides a welcome departure from fast-paced modern day life.
Located close to the hill station of Bandarawela, Ella is a quaint little town in the mountainous central region of Sri Lanka. It`s ideal location provides easy access to some of the best nature trails, mountains treks and cycling routes, making it the preferred base for those exploring the surrounding areas.
Ella on its own is a beautiful little village which features some of the loveliest views in the Island. A handful of shops, a few small hotels and guesthouses, and a laid back easy going character, perfect this holiday destination. Some of the attractions and explorations located close by are the Ella Gap, which on a clear day provides views of the southern coast of the Island, the gorgeously cascading 82 feet high Ravana Falls, the pyramid-shaped rock of Little Adam`s Peak and the Bambaragala Peak which offer spectacular views over the mountains.
Located in the central province of Sri Lanka, Matale is located in an enchanting valley which is popular for farming. This old village town boasts an interesting history and serves as a hub to some of the most important historic monuments in the area.
The town is surrounded by the foothills of the famous Knuckles Mountain Range and the area is popular for the cultivation of tea, rubber and spices. The attractions in and around the area includes the 2nd century BC Aluvihara Buddhist Temple, which is located just north of the main town, and the Rangiri Dambulu Temple, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the Kawatayamuni Temple, the Embili Viharaya, the Watagoda temple. Matale is also famous for the 1848 rebellion which was initiated in this town by national heroes Weera Puran Appu and Gongalegoda Banda. Incidentally the city is also the home town of Monarawila Keppetipola who led the Wellasa rebellion against the British troops
At an altitude of 2000 metres above sea level and with velvety green mountains surrounding it Nuwara Eliya is one of the most picturesque destinations in Sri Lanka. This mountain station is popular for the tea plantations around the area as well as the influence of colonialism in the town.
Located in the heart of the local tea industry the English planter sought this destination as their base mainly because of its salubrious climate and scenic setting. Made in to a little English village by the Britishers the city today still portrays the typical setting of an old English countryside.With various interesting attractions in the area and most of the colonial lodgings being converted to hotels and guesthouses Nuwara Eliya is a much sought after holiday destination by locals as well as foreigners. Attractions in and around Nuwara Eliya include, the picturesque Gregory`s Lake which is located in the town itself and which offers boating and rowing options and the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, located about 10km from the town it`s elevation of 5000 – 6000 feet makes it the only Botanical Garden in the world boasting such a high altitude. Among some of the rare plants the Garden boasts is a 100 year old Monterey Cypress (Macrocarpa) which is a species of cypress endemic to the Californian Central Coast. For the sport and adventure lover the city itself features a dramatically set 18-hole golf course with an old English style club house, and for those willing to venture out further the ideal explorations are the Horton Plains National Park which boasts rare flora and fauna as well as excellent hiking and walking trails and the tough climb of the Pidurutalagala which is the highest mountain peak in the Island. For scenic explorations there are a range of attractive waterfalls each featuring its own unique cascade, scenic tea plantations to explore and various picnic spots for relaxation
Horton Plains enchants visitors with the splendour of nature`s beauty. It has an untouched feel to it that truly makes trekking through the vast expanse of the plain an unmatchable lifetime experience.
From wild plains to a rainforest along a winding path the trek takes you through to a sheer drop at the end, aptly named World`s End. If you start early you will be able to avoid the gentle mist that starts descending towards early afternoon. However, this mist adds to the mystical quality that surrounds the Horton Plains. After World`s End visitors can also see the Baker`s Falls one of the many beautiful waterfalls that Sri Lanka is home to.Be absorbed by the dense silence that is completely peaceful and in no way daunting. It harkens to simpler times when man was one with nature. You too can experience heightened sense of concentration as you take trek through beauty. The trek is quite a workout but not too stressful and can be enjoyed by all.Be respectful of nature as a visit to the Horton Plains will leave you with a sense of calm and wonder as you see varying kinds of fauna and flora and if lucky maybe a samba or monkeys