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About Haputale

Located at the beginning of Sri Lankan Hill Country this largely Tamil town hugs the ridge, a feat of 19th century engineering. Influenced by its history as a British tea plantation there are a smattering of quaint colonial bungalows and the charming St. Andrews church. Year round it is an enchanting spot – whether covered with a cloak mist or, on a clear day, boasting views across to Hambantota lighthouse and the coast beyond. Our pick of the best places to stay in Haputale all provide an historic stay.

Ideally located for those wanting to hike in the Horton Plains national park or for an authentic experience of a working tea plantation – it still provides leaves for some of the world’s most famous brews today!

Our pick of the best places to stay in Haputale are all enveloped in the lush greenery of Sri Lanka’s tea plantations.

Best places to stay in Haputale

For a heritage stay

  • Dating back to 1870 the former tea planter’s bungalow, Thotalagala maintains a prominent place in local history. It also provides a luxurious stay and quintessential tea country experience.

For a family stay

  • Including private cottages (some with two to three bedrooms) plus plenty of on site activities and babysitting services Kelburne Cottages is ideal for families.

For a luxury stay

  • Slightly out of Haputale you'll find Living Heritage Koslanda. It's a gorgeous eco friendly luxury property where individual cottages boast outdoor terraces with private jacuzzis, and there's an infinity pool with views to die for.

Still not sure which to book?

From colonial to family browse through our list of the best places to stay in Sri Lanka to start to plan your trip. Or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Haputale

  • Living Heritage Koslanda Haputale (Naulla) 9 rooms from £135

    This gorgeous eco-retreat on a former rubber plantation showcases traditional building techniques and striking antiques, with spacious Villa Suites, quirky Forest Pavilions and a stunning infinity pool overlooking the verdant hills.

    Romantic Break  -  The perfect escape for you and a loved one
    Back to Nature  -  Surrounded by hills and waterfalls
    Great walks  -  Guided nature walks through the surrounding jungle and forest
    Cooking classes  -  Cooking classes with head chef Lal are very popular
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
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  • Thotalagala Haputale 7 rooms from £171

    Built in 1870 this elegant tea planters bungalow is of local historical significance. Its seven luxurious suites are named after prominent players in Sri Lanka's tea industry. Afternoon tea out on the lawn or a BBQ dinner under the stars is a superb way to experience the sweeping gardens. Divine.

    Romantic Break  -  Cut off from modern life, with chic suites and al fresco dining it is tirelessly romantic
    Total relaxation  -  Nature walks, tea tasting or retire with a good book - there is little else to do
    Birdwatching  -  A colourful variety of birdlife can be spotted at Thangamalai bird sanctuary
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Dambatenne Tea Factory - where the term 'Ceylon Tea' was coined
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  • Kelburne Cottages Haputale 3 rooms

    Teaplanters’ houses spectacularly sited on a 2,500ft bluff above the plains. Fantastic views from the tea terraces over the plains and blue hills. Traditional interiors with large glass windows. Dine in your villa or make your way to the hotel restaurant. A great choice for families or groups.

    Families  -  The individual cottages have two to three rooms - perfect for families or groups exploring the area.
    Sights nearby  -  For a fascinating day trip pack up a lunch and visit the pilgrimage site of Kataragama.
    Local markets  -  Walk to Haputalé town and wander round the local markets.
    Great walks  -  Explore the tea gardens rolling over the surrouding hills.
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