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Brandon, Canada
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hatton, sri lanka

we will be going to hatton and would like some information about it. we are staying at peak rest and would like some info about this place also. any info on the town and surrounding area would be greatly appreciated. we will be there for 6 weeks.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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1. Re: hatton, sri lanka

Hi there,

Sounds it's not fully for a holiday but for some work too?

Dunno the resthouse, but do know the town. Standard hill country trading place. Dominated by muslim traders and Sinhalese upper class and some Tamil lower class, while the complete countryside around is consists of (tea) estates with thousands of 'tea Tamil' labourers. Quite a complex social fabric.

Town itself has not much more in terms of tourism than some temples and churches, and being the starting point for outings - e.g. tea factories, lovely waterfalls like Devon/St. Clairs and Wilderness Peak aka Siri Pada. Which is closed from May-December, so pilgrimages not recommended during that time.

Any more detailed questions, please yell...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

Brandon, Canada
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2. Re: hatton, sri lanka

Thank you for your quick response. We will only be able to visit surrounding areas on the weekends - would the elephant orphanage be good for a weekend excurstion? What are some other must see weekend excustions in your opinion?

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3. Re: hatton, sri lanka

Hi there,

Work that is :-(

Yep, elephant orphanage would be around 3 hours each way. Better combine with a few hours of nearby Kandy too, it's a lovely town and the heart of the hillcountry. You'll pass St. Clairs and Devon Falls on your way.

Other hopefully interesting spots:

* Rafting at Kitulgala, around 2-3 hours each way. Check before departure on whether it's open, 2 years back Sandya and family arrived there just to hear that on one (weekend) day a week the dam was opened leading to unsuitable rafting conditions.

* Nuwara Eliya 'little England' including boating on Lake Gregory. Inquire about weather conditions before! 90-120 mins each way

* Walking and views at Haputale, 3 hours each way

* Ditto at Horton Plains nature reserve, including Baker Falls. Also 3 hours.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

Zurich, Switzerland
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4. Re: hatton, sri lanka

http://www.teatrails.com

Four fantastaic Bungis...Summerville is nearest to Hatton. On the way to Hatton you can stop at Dickoya. The Dickoya & Maskeliya Cricket Club is always worth a visit. (A wonderful relict from the past. Spent umpteen hours at Radella and Darrawela in my youth)Tea Trails is in central Sri Lanka, in the heart of the Tea Country, at an altitude of 4000 feet. Accessible by car from major cities on mostly good roads. Travel time from Kandy is 2 hours and Nuwara Eliya 1.45 hours. The nearest major town to Tea Trails is Hatton, which is about fifteen minutes away by car.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5. Re: hatton, sri lanka

Yes, useful additional info on the cricket club!

But for the rest these boutique hotel-style bungalows (price starting at 400 USD/night) don't _really_ seem to make sense for people already booked for 6 weeks as semi-expats in a Hatton guesthouse, do they?

Regards,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

Zurich, Switzerland
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6. Re: hatton, sri lanka

I think you missed the point my friend...i simply supplied more info to anyone reading the forum on places to stay (Boutique-style) in the region. I did notice that swattyMb was staying at The Peak Rest, and I think it a very good choice.

The Hakgala Botanic Garden is always worth a visit not far from Nuwara Eliya on the Badulla road.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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7. Re: hatton, sri lanka

And another good addition, Hakgala. To be combined with Eliya and nearby Lake Gregory.

Tnx,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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