Most popular activites in Hatton for a group of friends
While the island of Sri Lanka has risen to fame for its iconic golden palm-fringed beaches with warm blue waters. The hill country, though, is one of the most beautiful places to visit; tall peaks covered in lush greenery, cascading waterfalls and its own fair share of historical and cultural sites. One of the most stunning towns of the central highlands is Hatton. Here are some popular activities to add to your itinerary if you are heading to Hatton with a group of friends.
Sri Pada or Adam’s Peak
An hour’s drive south of Hatton, you will find Adam’s Peak. Also known as Sri Pada, this is Sri Lanka’s most sacred mountain and is an important pilgrimage site for all four major religions in the country.
The climb can be quite challenging – the trail is made up of 5,000 – 7,000 worn down steps. Challenge your group to trek through the path at night so you can watch the sunrise together at the summit of Adam’s Peak. It is a truly an indescribably wonderful experience to see the sun peek through the mountain silhouettes.
Sri Pada is a reference to the impression of a footprint found at the top of the mountain; each religion has a different belief on who the footprint belongs to. Buddhists believe it is the Buddha’s; Hindus believe it is the print of Hanuman or Shiva; while Christians and Muslims believe that it belongs to Adam.
The Castlereagh Reservoir may seem like an unlikely place for a group excursion, but its natural beauty makes a visit here worthwhile. The reservoir sits silently amongst alpine forests and well-groomed tea bushes. Some fun activities your group can enjoy include canoeing along the crystal clear waters, cycling through the surrounding forests or strolling through endless tea estates.
Situated in the Maskeliya area, Laxapana Falls is a must-visit when you are in Hatton. It is one of Sri Lanka’s tallest waterfalls, and it truly is an impressive sight to see. The hike to the cascade is relatively easy since there is a staircase that takes you to the top. Take note that it can be quite slippery, so remember to wear appropriate shoes! Laxapana Falls is surrounded by lush flora and the hike up provides a great bird watching opportunity. However, due to the high pressure, we strongly recommend that you refrain from swimming in the natural pool. Instead, opt for a picnic with your pals on the large rocks instead.
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple is a kovil that was built in 1999 and it is most famous for having the tallest Hanuman statue in Sri Lanka. The 18ft statue of Hanuman is situated at the entrance of the temple to greet all worshippers. The kovil plays a key role during the Hanuman Jayanthis, a one-day festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Hanuman. During the ceremony, the statue is adorned with flowers and silk which act as offerings to the god. Even if you don’t make it in time for this festival, it is still worth visiting the temple to experience the island’s Hindu culture.
Here are some other interesting places in Hatton that you can visit with your friends.