A last visit to Haputale in the Sri Lankan hill country

September 25, 2014 at 12:24 am

With my two-year stay in Sri Lanka coming to an end, there was time for one last trip with my partner. Deciding on where to go was an easy decision and after booking our train tickets, we headed for the cooler hill country and more specifically the small town of Haputale, perched on a ridge with astounding views.

Morning view, Haputale

Shortly after sunrise. 

Path, Haputale

Tea plantations make up for most of the surrounding scenery.

bush fires, Haputale

Bush fires at night. 

Bus, Bandarawela

On the bus in nearby Bandarawela.

Love, Haputale

A short message on the window of an abandoned vehicle. 

Most guidebooks will point you to Ella, but I’d recommend Haputale over it any day. Leisure Mount View Holiday Inn is also the best budget accommodation I’ve come across in Sri Lanka. If you’re on a bigger budget or in a larger group, Kelburne Moutain View Cottages will be equally hard to leave.