Thotalagala - Sri Lanka - Haputale

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9.6 out of 10 Dambatenne Road, Haputale (Show on map)

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Floors:1, Rooms:7, Check-in time:12:00, Check-out time:11:00

Welcome to Thotalagala, a remarkable feat of restoration. The planters bungalow has been revived to its former glory, with seven themed suites based on personalities that shaped the history of the province of Uva, one of the foremost tea growing regions in Sri Lanka, the finest tea growing region in the world.

Haputale is ideally located on the trail between Sri Lanka’s lush mountains and the descent towards the south coast and the jungles of Yala and Udawalawe which are a two hour drive away. Across the hills the ancient capital of Kandy lies within a two and a half hour radius. This location between Kandy and the Southern Wildlife parks and beaches makes Haputale an ideal location to sample the best of Sri Lanka’s tea country.

Thotalagala is steeped in history; it is located on Pitaratmalie Estate which is part of Agarapatana Plantations, a collection of estates that totals almost 8000 hectares of the finest high grown tea that Sri Lanka produces. Adjoining the estate is Dambatenne, possibly the most famous estate in all of Sri Lanka. Dambatenne is one of the only estates in the world that Sir Thomas Lipton planted himself. The term “Ceylon Tea” was coined here, and Lipton’s Tea was founded and sold its first pound of tea from the precincts of the factory which still stands today. Guests of Thotalagala will be granted exclusive access to the factory and the bungalow which was Sir Thomas Lipton’s residence from 1890 to 1910.

Thotalagala bungalow is surrounded by 20 acres of lawn and patana grass. From the edge of the lawn a sweeping vista greets the eye. Behind the bungalow and covering the Haputale hills lies 4000 hectares of tea stretching unto Lipton’s seat, 1500 feet above,and over onto the Bandarawela side of the mountain. The seven suites represent the epitome of colonial luxury. The teak panelled smoking room is the ideal place to retreat to for an after dinner cognac. The dining room itself is with its twenty seater table, a place to savour traditional hearty plantation fare. This is also a working estate and guest will be able to immerse themselves into the traditional lifestyle of a tea planter.

Come and explore true working tea country, walk through endless tea gardens. We invite you to stay with us awhile, to travel back in time and walk in the footsteps of Sir Thomas Lipton.

Location

Area Info: Dambatenne Road, Haputale, Sri Lanka

Address: Dambatenne Road, Haputale

Area Info

Haputale is a city in Uva, in the central mountain area of Sri Lanka. It's a relaxed little place with about 5000 inhabitants. Mostly Tamils mixed with some Muslims and Buddhists.

It's a wonderful place to retreat for a while. There is many Tea estates around and one can walk virtually for several weeks, without ever taking the same path twice. As it is located on top of a mountain range, the views are exceptional. Though being quite high above sea level, the sun should be minded.

Walking or by rickshaw, as usual in Sri Lanka. One can also take the train to visit smaller places around Haputale (the also tiny places Ella, Bandarawella or Badulla, for example). It's also quite common to take the train to one of the neighboring villages and simply walk back that same way on the rail tracks. It's totally normal in Sri Lanka to walk on rail tracks. Trains are slow and using their horn more than permanently. Those rail track walks offer one of the best views Sri Lanka has to offer.

A lot of tea estates surround the tiny city. Just wandering around in the plantations and watching the tea workers collecting the leaves.

Dambatenne Tea Factory: Well known tea manufacturers (eg Lipton Tea) cultivate their plantations around Haputale. "Dambatenne" is one of the tea processing centers (located 9 km from the city). Sir Thomas J. Lipton was living on this estate and the factory still maintains most of the machinery already in use one century ago. The possibility to visit and watch those traditional production techniques as well as try different kinds of tea makes this quite a popular tourist attraction. (fee 250 Rps.)

Lipton's Seat: Famous Viewpoint 1970m above sea level. Incredible views, on good conditions (it may be cloudy already from 10 am on, so go early!) you can see the sea. Located about 18 km from Haputale (7km from Tea Factory), you can reach it either by tuktuk (800 Rps. return including waiting time at Lipton's seat and Tea factory if needed) or take the local bus to the tea factory and walk the rest. The bus (no.326) and minibuses leave behind the main bus stop. There's a 'Dambatenne' sign.

Policies

Each hotel gives sometimes different policies for cancellation or changes this for different room types and rate offers.
To make this easy for you when you roll over the cancellation note behind each room type you will be able to get informed.

Always we are ready to make changes for you after your reservation is made.
You only need to inform us by mail in order for us to make the modifications and re confirm it with the hotel.

For the Sri Lanka all resorts and hotels have their own policy, for secure bookings and cancellation terms.
You will be informed on that during the bookings procedure that will be send to you after package deal is confirmed with you.

For any additional services it might be that the cancellations term is not the same.
In case different you will be informed from that on a separate note.

Maybe you are interested in a different arrangement or extra services? Just email us.
The details you can find on the contact us page, and we will gladly assist you.

Floors:1, Rooms:7, Check-in time:12:00, Check-out time:11:00

Welcome to Thotalagala, a remarkable feat of restoration. The planters bungalow has been revived to its former glory, with seven themed suites based on personalities that shaped the history of the province of Uva, one of the foremost tea growing regions in Sri Lanka, the finest tea growing region in the world.

Haputale is ideally located on the trail between Sri Lanka’s lush mountains and the descent towards the south coast and the jungles of Yala and Udawalawe which are a two hour drive away. Across the hills the ancient capital of Kandy lies within a two and a half hour radius. This location between Kandy and the Southern Wildlife parks and beaches makes Haputale an ideal location to sample the best of Sri Lanka’s tea country.

Thotalagala is steeped in history; it is located on Pitaratmalie Estate which is part of Agarapatana Plantations, a collection of estates that totals almost 8000 hectares of the finest high grown tea that Sri Lanka produces. Adjoining the estate is Dambatenne, possibly the most famous estate in all of Sri Lanka. Dambatenne is one of the only estates in the world that Sir Thomas Lipton planted himself. The term “Ceylon Tea” was coined here, and Lipton’s Tea was founded and sold its first pound of tea from the precincts of the factory which still stands today. Guests of Thotalagala will be granted exclusive access to the factory and the bungalow which was Sir Thomas Lipton’s residence from 1890 to 1910.

Thotalagala bungalow is surrounded by 20 acres of lawn and patana grass. From the edge of the lawn a sweeping vista greets the eye. Behind the bungalow and covering the Haputale hills lies 4000 hectares of tea stretching unto Lipton’s seat, 1500 feet above,and over onto the Bandarawela side of the mountain. The seven suites represent the epitome of colonial luxury. The teak panelled smoking room is the ideal place to retreat to for an after dinner cognac. The dining room itself is with its twenty seater table, a place to savour traditional hearty plantation fare. This is also a working estate and guest will be able to immerse themselves into the traditional lifestyle of a tea planter.

Come and explore true working tea country, walk through endless tea gardens. We invite you to stay with us awhile, to travel back in time and walk in the footsteps of Sir Thomas Lipton.

Area Info: Dambatenne Road, Haputale, Sri Lanka

Address: Dambatenne Road, Haputale

Haputale is a city in Uva, in the central mountain area of Sri Lanka. It's a relaxed little place with about 5000 inhabitants. Mostly Tamils mixed with some Muslims and Buddhists.

It's a wonderful place to retreat for a while. There is many Tea estates around and one can walk virtually for several weeks, without ever taking the same path twice. As it is located on top of a mountain range, the views are exceptional. Though being quite high above sea level, the sun should be minded.

Walking or by rickshaw, as usual in Sri Lanka. One can also take the train to visit smaller places around Haputale (the also tiny places Ella, Bandarawella or Badulla, for example). It's also quite common to take the train to one of the neighboring villages and simply walk back that same way on the rail tracks. It's totally normal in Sri Lanka to walk on rail tracks. Trains are slow and using their horn more than permanently. Those rail track walks offer one of the best views Sri Lanka has to offer.

A lot of tea estates surround the tiny city. Just wandering around in the plantations and watching the tea workers collecting the leaves.

Dambatenne Tea Factory: Well known tea manufacturers (eg Lipton Tea) cultivate their plantations around Haputale. "Dambatenne" is one of the tea processing centers (located 9 km from the city). Sir Thomas J. Lipton was living on this estate and the factory still maintains most of the machinery already in use one century ago. The possibility to visit and watch those traditional production techniques as well as try different kinds of tea makes this quite a popular tourist attraction. (fee 250 Rps.)

Lipton's Seat: Famous Viewpoint 1970m above sea level. Incredible views, on good conditions (it may be cloudy already from 10 am on, so go early!) you can see the sea. Located about 18 km from Haputale (7km from Tea Factory), you can reach it either by tuktuk (800 Rps. return including waiting time at Lipton's seat and Tea factory if needed) or take the local bus to the tea factory and walk the rest. The bus (no.326) and minibuses leave behind the main bus stop. There's a 'Dambatenne' sign.

Each hotel gives sometimes different policies for cancellation or changes this for different room types and rate offers.
To make this easy for you when you roll over the cancellation note behind each room type you will be able to get informed.

Always we are ready to make changes for you after your reservation is made.
You only need to inform us by mail in order for us to make the modifications and re confirm it with the hotel.

For the Sri Lanka all resorts and hotels have their own policy, for secure bookings and cancellation terms.
You will be informed on that during the bookings procedure that will be send to you after package deal is confirmed with you.

For any additional services it might be that the cancellations term is not the same.
In case different you will be informed from that on a separate note.

Maybe you are interested in a different arrangement or extra services? Just email us.
The details you can find on the contact us page, and we will gladly assist you.

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Special Diet Meals (upon request)
  • Safe
  • Car Rental
  • Restaurant/Dining
  • Grounds
  • Terrace
  • Baggage Storage
  • Wireless Internet (Charge)
  • Breakfast Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Shower/Douche
  • Air Conditioning
  • Laundry

Rate Information

Extra person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Government issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check in and may incur additional charges.
And special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Extra Bed (s) and Children

Children that are below 6 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.
Children that are below 2 years stay free of charge i.a. cotscribs.
Children that are and above 12 years and adults have extra charge per person per night extra bed.
Children from 3 to 11.99 years have 50% DISCOUNT on extra bed charge.
Additional bed or baby cot can be only 1 per room.
Any extras are not calculated in the total costs and will have to be payed locally.
Only if stated in the room type extra bed is included if selected in the total room rate.
Extra discounts for additional children More than 1 in room you can always request in the comments field.

Transportation Policy

Many hotels offer transfer or transportation services. Sometimes free of charge. Just mail us after you have made your reservation and we will find the best options.
For individual tours and trips you can make a choice from our selection under the tabs on top of this page. With most City Tours you are picked up from your hotel.

Additional information

SIR THOMAS LIPTON
Self made man, merchant, yachtsman and the name behind the world renowned tea brand; this genial, enterprising Glasgowian left an indelible impression not just on Haputale, but on the entire country.

JAMES TAYLOR
There would be no Ceylon Tea without James Taylor. Credited with introducing tea plantation to British Ceylon, Taylor was instrumental in beginning, and thereafter ensuring the success, of what continues to be the nations’ foremost export commodity.

REV. WALTER SENIOR
Popularly known as the ‘Bard of Lanka’, English scholar and poet - Reverend Senior is the author of the famous Hymn for Ceylon. He remained in Sri Lanka till the end of his days and is buried in the St. Andrew’s Churchyard, Haputale.

MAJOR ROGERS
A Major in the Ceylon Rifle Regiment, Assistant Government Agent and District Judge of Badulla, Rogers is perhaps most remembered as an Elephant hunter, a pastime that was widely popular in Colonial times.

JOHN DUNCAN
Credited with the upliftment of the Uva region due to his role in the extension of the railway, Duncan’s insight and tenacity helped reduce the cost, and increase the practicality, of transportation to and from the province.

GEORGE PILKINGTON
Another intrepid young man who found himself captured by Ceylon’s lush beauty was George Pilkington. Finding in the hill country a "whiff of England and Scotland", he went on to establish the Poonagala Estate, and Pilkington Point.

SAM POPHAM
Having first visited the country during the second World War, Sam Popham returned to Ceylon in 1963 and established the Popham Arboretum. He planted at Thotalagala in the early 1970s, and the bungalow’s incredible gardens owe much to his vision.

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