Hostels and Cheap Places to stay in Dalhousie, Sri Lanka

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Get to know Dalhousie (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Dalhousie. To help you make friends with Dalhousie before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Dalhousie is a small town in Sri Lanka that is known for the beautiful mountain ranges surrounding it as well as the many lakes, rivers, and estates in the region. It is right at the base of the holy site of Sri Pada, or Adam’s Peak, a famous mountain in the country. There are many hostels and inns in Dalhousie, as it serves as a base camp for people traveling up the mountain on pilgrimage or to see the sights.

While your first port of call needs to be the mountain of Sri Pada, there are other sights to see too. Start by asking at your hostel for tips before you climb the mountain. There are many dangers on the road there. Pack a traditional Sri Lankan lunch at your hostel and leave at about two in the morning if you want to get to the peak in time for the sunrise. Remember that there are usually long lines to get to the summit, so try to leave as early as possible.

Another good place to visit near Dalhousie is the nearby town of Hatton. Hatton is well known for its beautiful estates full of tea, along with access to Sri Pada too. You can typically get a bus to Hatton from the center of the village. Of course, if you want to stay in this picturesque town ringed by the mountains, that is a good option too.

There is a large reservoir that blocks off the town from the rest of the country on one side. This is the Maussakelle Reservoir, and it is one of the largest in the country. If you want to see true beauty, though, you should visit the Castlereagh Reservoir near Hatton. Apart from reservoirs, there is also the large number of temples and churches for all the faiths here, including Hinduism, Buddhism and even Islam.

Written by local enthusiast for Dalhousie hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Dalhousie hostels Jakob Lombardi

Your Packing List for Dalhousie

Your Packing List for Dalhousie

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Other Nearby Cities

Adam's Peak (3 Km / 2 mi.)
Hiriketiya (21 Km / 13 mi.)
Nawalapitiya (26 Km / 16 mi.)
Nuwara Eliya (34 Km / 21 mi.)
Kirinda (42 Km / 26 mi.)
Haputale (49 Km / 30 mi.)
Kegalle (52 Km / 32 mi.)

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