Haputale, nestled in the Badulla District of the Uva Province, Sri Lanka, is a picturesque town governed by an Urban Council. Sitting at an elevation of 1431 meters (4695 feet) above sea level, Haputale boasts a rich biodiversity, with lush cloud forests and tea plantations adorning its hills. The town enjoys a cooler climate compared to its surroundings, thanks to its lofty elevation, and offers stunning views across the Southern plains of Sri Lanka from the Haputale pass. The mountain ridges of Haputale mark the southwest boundary of the Uva basin, extending to Horton Plains and Adam’s Peak to the west.

Renowned for its natural beauty and serene ambiance, Haputale has garnered attention as one of Asia’s most overlooked destinations, as noted by CNN. One of its prominent attractions is the Adisham Bungalow, a nineteenth-century British period building inspired by Leeds Castle in Kent, England. Initially, the residence of Sir Thomas Villiers, a distinguished British resident in Sri Lanka, it later served as a Benedictine monastery. Today, the well-preserved bungalow, complete with its period fittings and furniture, welcomes visitors to explore its historic charm. Adjacent to the bungalow lies the Thangamale Bird Sanctuary, adding to the area’s allure.

For breathtaking panoramic views, visitors flock to Lipton’s Seat, situated in the Haputale Mountain region at Dambetenna. Named after Sir Thomas Lipton, who favored the spot as a lookout point, Lipton’s Seat offers sweeping vistas of Uva, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central, and Eastern provinces, making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and travelers seeking awe-inspiring landscapes.