This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you 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 Hatton.
Hatton is a city in the hills of Sri Lanka, a small island nation. It is known for its natural beauty, as well as its proximity to the Adam’s Peak mountain, an ancient pilgrimage site in the country. The city is also in the heart of the tea country of Sri Lanka, where the main export of the nation is primarily grown and processed. If you are planning to stay in Hatton, take the time to book a hostel near the reservoir. Prices of hostels here tend to be affordable compared to the beaches of the country.
Of the many things to do in Hatton, the Laxapana Falls is one of the best. This waterfall is the sixth tallest in the country, and it is a beautiful sight. The Aberdeen Falls are also nearby. Be sure to hire a tour guide to take you to these places. Do not get duped by the “tourist prices”, though. If anything seems unreasonably overpriced, do not be afraid to say no. Try to take a packed lunch along when you leave your hostel to see the waterfalls.
Hatton is famous for its extensive tea estates. As you enter the town, you will see millions of tea plants dotting the hillsides. There are local tea pluckers hard at work all day to pluck the right leaves and bring them in for processing to be turned into tea leaves. You can walk through the estates, as they are open to the public. When you get back to your hostel, be sure to check your legs and feet for leeches – they are a common occurrence here.
On your trip through Hatton’s tea estates, find a place to get a good view of the Castlereagh Reservoir. This is one of the most beautiful sights in the city by far, and it is rated very highly by tourists around the world who have been here. You can also view the reservoir by flying over it via seaplane or taking an electric boat across it.
Written by local enthusiast for Hatton hostelsJakob Lombardi