Haputale is usually only a pit stop but this time my designated guest house had mixed up bookings and I walked in , room less , tired cross and dying for a good cup of tea. Their Glace pastry top did serve a great ( and large) cup of tea and very nice eclairs. As I am confirmed sweet tooth this sealed the deal. I found they had rooms and stayed on the land side overlooking the Sleeping Warrior mountain. As I am a plains person, who enjoys the cool mountain air , one of the great pleasures was to see the mist rolling in sometimes several times a day.
The food is basically ok , the grilled fish is to be recommended over the pork chops which were bony . The salad is soused with too much mayonnaise from an eager hand. The rice and curry is good and the rates are very reasonable. The tea is exceptional . And I found the Glace pastry shop also serves very good chocolate cake and ginger cake. On the whole he bakery products including the breads are exceptionable .
The rooms are ultra clean and airy. The staff is ultra friendly and eager to serve. Definitely a good place to chill out for the mentally fatigued .For exercise there are all those long walks on the lovely mountain side.
Another plus was that birds tend to come to roost in the sheltered nooks outside my room so one gets literally a "nose view " of bird life. I had a very amusing views of the male trying to pervade the female that this is the best spot for house building - the female did not look very convinced though . I wonder if they ever got round to it.........
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