Lipton’s Seat in Haputale
Just after the December breeze and the Christmasy mood, the month of January just made us feel that we still wanted that cozy weather for some more time. So it was then me and Malith along with some of our best friends wanted to plan this awesome trip to Lipton’s Seat of Haputale, another memorable journey to the misty and chilling hill country of Sri Lanka 🙂 .
Lipton’s Seat is one of the awesome places you will come across in Sri Lanka if you are traveling around Haputale or Bandarawela. It is situated on the highest point of the Poonagala Mountain close to the Dambetenna tea production line in Poonagala, Sri Lanka. To reach to this place you need to move around 7 km through rich tea plantations and the location is close to 16 km away from the Haputale town.
So we started our travel at around 6.00 am in the morning from our home town Moratuwa, long with the gang. Hopping into the four wheel drive and driving through for almost for 6-7 hrs, we reached the Haputale town at around 4.00 pm amidst taking some breaks to refresh ourselves 🙂 . Then lies the adventurous trip to the Lipton’s Seat on top of the Poonagala mountain. So after taking many bends along the steep hilly road, our cab reached the peak at around 5.00 pm. But if you are really keen to enjoy every bit of nature, you could always go by foot to the peak of the mountain. The taxis at the bottom of the mountain would demand a higher price from you. So we would like to recommend you to get the taxi from Haputale town itself if you are to visit the location via a vehicle and the total travel cost would be around LKR1,000 – LKR1,500 for the journey.
The nature around is just fascinating!! Just love this weather too. On the day we traveled it was little bit misty but the air was so much fresh. It was like one of the best days to breath and really felt like that we are truly part of this nature.
Mainly, there are two routes which anyone could get to the Lipton’s Seat. One is the Bandarawela route via Nayabedda estate and the other is the Haputale route via Dambetenna Tea estate. Both the routes are completely fledged with lots of stunning viewpoints surrounded by breathtaking green plantations. This article comprises of various locations and scenic views which we managed to capture at Haputale while travelling via Dambetenna Tea estate route to Lipton’s Seat. However, for a better and clear view it is recommended to arrive in the morning time before it gets too sunny.
So I didn’t miss my chances whenever we stopped by, to get out among the tea estates and rocky pathways and admire the beauty of this wonderful environment. The weather was so cool and every bit of air I inhaled just refreshed my whole body and gave me new life!!! What a wonderful experience and I just wish that all of you could have it someday too 🙂 🙂
January is one ideal month to visit Haputale and Lipton’s Seat, as its not really a hassle to admire the surroundings and the place doesn’t get too crowded. By any chance if you get to visit this place on a weekday the whole nature is yours. The empty walkways, calm tea estates and clear blue skies in the background just painted one stunning picture in our hearts which we could cherish for life.
This is almost like the end of our journey and we have come very closer to the bottom of the mountain. The glimpse of the evening sunset is falling on the lush green plantations urging us to make our move faster towards our final stop. Nevertheless it is just endless beauty throughout.
Finally here we are at Lipton’s Seat!!!
The weather was freezing cool up at Lipton’s Seat!! Well our mission is accomplished!! The ideal climate which all of us yearned for. This is all about what brought us all the way from the hustling Colombo city to this tranquilizing destination.
What makes this places so exiting is that if you go on a clear day, even the Hambantota Harbor which is situated in the in the Southern Province beach front range can also be seen surprisingly 🙂 . Other than that Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Eastern provinces including 7 districts can be seen from this amazing location.
The only cafe at Lipton’s Seat where you can enjoy some nice Rotti, Dosai and Waddai along with a hot cup of tea in the small cafe !! :). Wow!!!The food was so tasty and spicy. Well we all had Rotti with spicy katta sambol (made out of red chilies and onions), some Waddai and hot ginger tea made out of freshly plucked tea eaves of the close by estates.
So our sudden adventure to get out of the busy life styles early in January was one big memorable one indeed. We enjoyed every bit of our journey towards Lipton’s Seat among the greenery and frosty climate. November – February could be identified as some of the best months to visit this destination in the hill country of Sri Lanka. The journey might be a bit lengthy but worth the drive for sure. You could always come over to Haputale by train and then hire a tuk tuk which is very convenient to find in Sri Lanka to travel. So don’t hesitate to add this amazing locale to your bucketlist as well.
Happy Travels All !! 🙂
Shadini & Malith
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