Haputale

Haputale

Haputale is a laid-back city in the mountains with one of the most beautiful surrounding. The city is a picturesquely located towards the south-west slope of the central mountain range. Hapulate is a popular health resort and weather is similar to Nuwara Eliya and Bandarawela. Haputale is not a place to travel if you fancied of historical and cultural attractions. Haputale attracts a large number of local leisure travellers, it might not be included in most Sri Lanka road trips that meant to be the use of foreigners.

Lemastota Ella

This beautiful waterfall is 30 meters in height and located about 6 km from Haputale. The most convenient route to reach the waterfall is via Kotagala. Dobatenna is 4 km from Haputale via Kotagala and to the waterfall, it is about another 2 km from Dobatenna.

Hospital building Haputale

This magnificent building was built during the British rule in Sri Lanka. And it shows the typical British architecture and built-in 1895. Today it is being used as the general hospital of Haputale. The hospital building was built at cost of Rs 69000.00 by the British colonial rulers.

Adisham Bungalow

This is a massive two-storied building built by Sir.Thoma Williars, a British planter in 1931. This mansion was built by using huge granite stones. The building was built by Indian workers and all materials for the building were imported from foreign countries such as England, Netherland. The Bungalow is beautifully located on a mountain near the Railway station of Haputale. The location of the mansion commands a view over the beautiful surrounding. Due to the high elevation of the Adisham bungalow, it is surrounded by mist throughout the day. The garden of the bungalow is beautifully landscaped and by flowering plants such as roses and dahlia, cannas. Today it is occupied by the benedict’s type of monks of Roman Catholic Church.

Beragala

Beragala is one of the most beautiful areas in Badulla district, located near Haputale. It is popular among the local community as a holiday destination. The beautiful landscape in Beragala consists of many mountains and escapements. Being a village in the wet zone it records a very high rainfall. Beragala is popular among the tourists as an adventure holiday destination on the island. There are many places suitable in Beragala, suitable for Mountain climbing, Walking, Hiking, mountain biking, and trekking. Several beautiful waterfalls are located within the easy access from the Beragala.

Tangamale nature reserve one of the best places to experience rich Fauna and Flora of Haputale

One of the important catchment areas in the Uva province and located near the Adisham bungalow. This forest is categorized under the mountain forest and consists of patches of secondary and primary forests. The tangamale nature reserve is frequently visited bird lover. Nature reserve harboured many types of birds. Tangale nature reserve houses many species of butterflies in Sri Lanka. Several types of endemic butterfly species can be seen here. Tangamale is one of the last remaining patches of mountain forest in the area and expands over 130 hectares in the Uva province. This forest was first declared as a nature reserve on 18th may 1979.

Tangamale nature reserve is located in the central mountain range of Sri Lanka. It is conveniently located in the Badulla district in the Uva province, Sri Lanka. Tangamale forest reserve is located near the Haputale city and it is about 3 kilometres from the city. Haputale is popular health resort among the local community due to unique landscape and weather. One can enjoy the pure and invigorating air in the surroundings of Haputale.

This Montane forest is located around 500 feet above the sea level. The borders of the Tangamale nature reserve are Horton plains, Ohiya and Idalgashinna.  It occupies an area of 131 hectares in the mountains. The vegetation of Tangamale nature reserve mainly consists of the type of montane forest. But a portion of the forest is consisting of secondary forest mainly with pines trees. The natural forest cover in this part was removed to make room for the plantation during the British colonial ear.  The forest reserve is inhabited by many species animal, birds and butterflies. It was declared as a nature reserve in 18th may 1979.

The forest reserve is hidden in the mist of moist atmosphere in most of the time, Due to its location on one of the huge upheaval in the central mountain range.  The forest reserve is located on the irregular surface of hills and peaks of varying elevation, deep ravines, and grassy plains, dense forests and open valleys and gentle streams. The forest reserve is surrounded by Pidurutalagala, Diyatalawe, Udupussellawa range,  Hakgala, Totapola Kanda, and Namunukula.

Tangamale forest reserve has a rich bio-diversity and it harbours a large number of fauna and flora species. It is categorized under the montane forests in the island. One distinct character of this evergreen tropical forest is the frequent presence of low-level clouds. Sometimes the upper part of the forest is hidden in the clouds.  The annual rainfall in the forest measured to be more than 2500 mm/year. With compared to the trees in the tropical forest in lower part of the country such as Sinharaja, and Knuckles, the trees here show a reduced tree stature and high stem density.

Tangamalle forest reserve is inhabited by a large number of Butterfly species, some of the butterflies here, are recognized as endangered species. Some of the commonly seen butterfly species are Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore), Tree Nymph (Idea iasonia), Common Bush Brown (Bicyclus safitza), White Four Ring (Ypthima ceylonica), Crimson Rose (Atrophaneura hector), Dark Grall Blue (Zizeera knysna), Blue Mormon (Papilio Polymnestor), Ceylon Blue Glassy tiger (Ideopsis similis),  Common Lepord (Phalanta phalantha), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Red Helen (Papilio helenus),   Oak Leaf (Kallima inachus), and Ceylon Tiger (Parantica taprobana).  Tangamle nature reserve is a popular sanctuary in the mountain among bird lovers as well.

Tangamale nature reserve is under the purview of the department of wildlife and forest conservation department of Sri Lanka. One needs to obtain the permission before coming to the forest from the relevant authorities.

Stunning Adisham Bungalow

Adisham Bungalow is a stunning nineteenth-century bungalow located in an alienated piece of land at an elevation of about 5000 feet above sea level.  This Bungalow is located in a rocky mountainous region of Sri Lanka known as Haputale. Haputale is a destination for local and foreign holidaymakers, Adisham bungalow has become a leading tourist attraction in the island. Today the Bungalow is occupied and maintained by a group of priests. The view from the castle is magnificent. The beautiful castle is surrounded by a cloud forest, which is called Tangamale nature reserve. The access to the Bungalow is granted only on selected times and dates.

Thu bungalow was built by a rich planter of British origin. It is a pleasant life memory of a rich British planter and his success story is carved into every stone of the magnificent palace. The owner of the bungalow wanted to have a peaceful place for his Bungalow and came across this ideal place in Haputale with peaceful surrounding. Initially, the peace of land, where the bungalow is located, had been a forested area. The owner had to clear the forest and make a new road to pave the way to the ten acres land. But its remoteness was not a reason for Mr Thomas to give up his dream home. This piece of land commands the view across the mountain and valleys of the highest mountain range of Sri Lanka. The travellers can have an awe-inspiring view over the surrounding area on clear days from the bungalow.

The original construction was started in 1929 and it was built after the typical British style. It was the home of a British planter known as Mr Thomas belongs to the Carrington family, who later became a successful Politician and company director. The bungalow was used as the temporary residence of Mr Tomas in early 19’s. The bungalow was built after the exact pattern of his childhood country home in Kent. The stone built bungalow gives the onlooker the sense of permanence, solidity and stability. The materials for the construction were imported Britain and India while furniture of the luxury bungalow is of British origin.  Indian masons were brought from India to build the Bungalow at very high cost. The spacious rooms of the bungalow are equipped with handsome fireplaces. The wind turbine fixed on the roof send the fresh wind down to the fireplace maintaining the temperature at the desired level.

The garden of the bungalow is beautifully designed and landscaped. Flowering plants are dominating the gardens adding beauty to the surrounding area. The garden attracts a large number of species butterflies and birds from the area, due to the abundance of flowers.

The ownership of the bungalow was changed in 1951, and it was sold to a Sri Lankan company by Mr Thomas. Later the palace was bought by Benedict’s type monks. Today it is primarily a monastery run by Benedict’s type monks. This magnificent bungalow is a reminiscence of the luxurious life of British citizen, who lived live in Sri Lanka as it was under the British crown.

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