Hatton and the countryside surrounding it lies to the south of Nuwara Eliya, in Sri Lanka’s glorious hill country. It’s an area of outstanding beauty; undulating hills draped in verdant tea estates are dotted with lakes, pine forests, twee churches, peeling colonial bungalows and ancient tea factories. The town itself is one of the busiest in Sri Lanka’s hill country as it’s not only the central point for most upcountry tea growing regions, but it also lies close by to Adam’s Peak; a conical mountain and focal point for pilgrims.
Little has changed in this area since the British started growing tea in the late 1800’s; tea is still the major employer in the area so it’s common to see women out picking during the day. It’s worth staying away from Hatton itself to appreciate the luscious views and clean air. Tea Trails run four wonderful bungalows here, which are scattered in the tea plantations surrounding Hatton. These are arguably the most opulent converted tea bungalows in Sri Lanka, if not the subcontinent. They offer the chance to stay in glorious colonial style comfort in the hill country. Hatton can be accessed directly from Colombo, which takes between four and five hours, but we recommend taking the scenic train to or from Kandy. This journey offers the most incredible views and is a charming experience.