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Lipton’s Seat

An hour and a half drive from Ella you will find the fabled Lipton’s Seat. This name is derived by the tea estate’s owner, Sir Thomas Lipton, who used to sit here while he surveyed the acres and acres of his tea plantation. In the 1800s under the reign of the British, Lipton along with James Taylor, the father of Ceylon tea, played a huge part in Sri Lanka’s thriving tea industry. Lipton’s Seat is situated on the Dambatenna Estate, and has become a popular tourist destination and even includes a statue of Sir Thomas Lipton on a bench for you to take pictures with. Try and visit this lookout in the early hours of the morning as that’s when visibility is at its best. After around 10 am, clouds and fog begin to descend and blanket the area and surrounding tea estates. Enjoy a hot cup of tea and freshly made local snacks from the little restaurant here too! The view from here is one of the most stunning and you can see the rolling plains of Haputale as well as the Uva, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Eastern provinces. As you head back down the trail, visit the Dambatenna Tea Factory to learn about the manufacturing process of the iconic Lipton Ceylonta.