5 Things You’ll Love About Hatton On Your Solo Trip
Hatton is a small town tucked away in the mountains of Sri Lanka. It is one of the most beautiful places in the country with its large rolling hills, acres of tea plantations which look like an endless thick green carpet, and a cool climate, but it is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Hatton is the best place to visit for those who are adventurous, as there are plenty of hikes and other outdoor activities to partake in here.
Train Ride From Colombo To Hatton
Despite its size, it can be tough getting around Sri Lanka, and one of the best ways to avoid congested roads is to take the train from Colombo to Hatton. The train ride takes approximately 4 – 5 hours, but it is far more pleasant than driving and definitely far more picturesque. The train will move through cities, farmland, and forests, but the most beautiful leg of the journey is from Kandy to Hatton, as you will get fantastic views of the hill country. If you like you can also just take the train from Kandy and from here the journey will only take about 2 hours.
Only an hour drive from Hatton, Adam’s Peak, also known as Sri Pada, is the most iconic mountain in Sri Lanka. Sri Pada translates to “sacred footprint”, a reference to the impression of a footprint that is found on top of the rock. Each religion has a different belief on who the footprint belongs to: Buddhists believe it is the Buddha’s, Hindus believe it is that of Hanuman or Shiva, while Christians and Muslims believe it is Adam’s footprint– regardless of the religion, most Sri Lankans make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. The season to climb Adam’s Peak is from December – April, as that is when visibility is at its best.
Hike Through Tea Estates
When one thinks of Hatton the first thing that comes to mind is tea. The whole region is surrounded by green hills covered in acres of tea bushes. One of the best things you can do is walk or hike through a tea plantation, where you will be treated to some amazing views. Be sure to go in the morning though, as the mountains begin to get covered by mist the later it gets.
Horton Plains is one of the few national parks in the Central Province and was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010 because of its biodiversity. Like Adam’s Peak- and many other sites in the country- Horton Plains is entrenched in folklore. It is said that King Ravana, from the Epic Ramayan, landed his fabled chariot on a mountain in the park after kidnapping princess Sita. To punish Ravana, Hanuman set fire to Horton Plains which had burned for a very long time and this is the reason why the upper layer of soil has a grey-ish tinge to it. There is a trail that goes through the park which is 9.5km long and on it you will come across the park’s two main attractions, World’s End and Baker’s Falls, as well as a variety of endemic species of fauna and flora.
The Castlereagh Reservoir is one of Sri Lanka’s best-kept secrets, the clear water of the reservoir reflects the surrounding green hills making it look like something straight out of a fairytale. If you want to take a break from the long walks and hikes this is the place for you. You can unwind by the banks of the reservoir or you can kayak through its cool waters– either way this will be a very relaxing excursion.