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Haputale Highlands from Nuwara Eliya (Private Day Tour)

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
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Elevate your Sri Lanka trip on this full-day excursion to the historic mountain town of Haputale. Learn about the area’s longstanding connection to the British tea industry during a visit to a local factory, and take in the great views from the Lipton’s Seat viewpoint. Also, explore the lovely architecture of the Benedictine Monastery of Adisham.
  • Discover the hilltop town of Haputale during a private day trip from Nuwara Eliya
  • Learn about Sri Lanka's historic connection to the tea industry by touring the Dambatenne Tea Factory
  • Enjoy the views from the Lipton's Seat overlook
  • Admire the elegant gardens of the Benedictine Monastery of Ashidam
  • Look for rare birds like paradise flycatchers in the monastery's manicured garden
  • Great way to get a taste for the Sri Lanka highlands
Receive a morning pickup from your hotel in Nuwara Eliya, enjoying a drive up into the hills near Haputale. Make your first stop at the Dambatenne Tea Factory.

Learn about the origins of Sri Lanka’s tea industry during this stop at a factory associated with the famous Lipton brand. Enjoy a tour of the factory, learning about the tea production process and exploring its construction by the 19th-century by British tea magnate Sir Thomas Lipton. Guests can also enjoy a hot cup of tea and purchase tea-related merchandise.

Leave the factory and drive to reach Lipton’s Seat, a scenic viewpoint where the famous tea proprietor once stopped to survey his vast collection of plantation lands. From the top, visitors can see the island’s southern coast on clear days, as well as the Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Eastern Provinces. On the way to the top, pause to explore Catherine’s Seat and to admire Lemasthota Waterfalls.

Take a break midday for lunch (own expense), coordinating with your chauffeur who can help recommend an eatery. Then head to the Benedictine Monastery of Ashidam. Explore this Tudor-style mansion built by Englishman Sir Thomas Lister Villiers, learning about its eventual conversion by a group of Benedictine monks. Explore the monastery’s elegant gardens visited by rare birds like paradise flycatchers and golden orioles, and get a look at its beautiful exterior. Then head back to your hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
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Dambatenne Tea Factory
The tea factory has a long history, having been built by the famous British tea production figure Sir Thomas Lipton in the late 19th century. The factory is now one of the production centers under Lipton Tea. You will receive an hour long tour of the factory and will be learning more about the tea production process. You will also get an opportunity to have a hot cup of tea, or even purchase some fresh tea leaves right from the factory.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Lipton’s Seat
For those who wish for even more stunning view or photographers wishing to snap a picture of nature at its best, Lipton’s Seat is best visited early in the morning before sunrise. The change of colors as the sun shows its face, as the thick mist flees the heat revealing the carpet of greens and browns spread out below, is a spectacular sight. There is also a very good chance to see basket bearing tea pluckers making their way to work. However, for those visitors who find it hard to wake early, making the hilltop before 10 am should be sufficient to get a reasonably clear view. Visiting Liptons Seat is free for all, in contrast with World’s End which requires a payment. In addition there are a few other attractions along the way including Catherine’s Seat and Lemathota waterfall. Catherine’s Seat is in the Nayabedda estate and provides an excellent view of Bandarawela , Diyatalawa and the Uva valley all the way to the Namunukula mountain range. Lemathota waterfall is on the Dambatenna route, though it is not exactly a major attraction.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham
Adisham Hall, or Adisham Bungalow is a country house near Haputale, in the Badulla District, Sri Lanka. At present it houses the Adisham Monastery a congregation of St. Sylvester. The house was built in 1931 by an English aristocrat and planter Sir Thomas Villiers, former Chairman of George Steuart Co, a trading and estate agency based in Colombo. Sir Thomas was a grandson of Lord John Russell and descendant of the Dukes of Bedford. It was designed by R. Booth and F. Webster in Tudor and Jacobean style, on 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land. Adisham Hall played host to many prominent personalities of the colony until the retirement of Sir Thomas, after which it was sold to Sedawatte Mills. In 1961 it was purchased by the Roman Catholic Church and was subsequently converted to a monastery. The house is well preserved along with its period fittings and furniture, and is open to visitors.
Duration: 1 hour 
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