25 March 2009

The Road to Lipton's Seat


This is a magnificent location close to Haputhale and Bandarawela. This is situated about ten kilometres from Haputhale in Dambethenna. The same location can be reached from Bandarawela as well via Nayabedda Estate. It is undoubtedly one of the best viewing points of Sri Lanka.

It is told that on a clear day, a visitor can see 5 provinces of Sri Lanka. The panaromic view is out of this world and truly pleasing. Even on an average day you can see endless territory towards South, East and South West of Sri Lanka from this point.

18 comments:

Serendib_Isle said...

Did you see the world’s tallest tea “tree” there? I hope you did.

Chavie said...

an uncle i know used to work at the estate, i was tiny (maybe around 10/11) when we visited... have fond memories of that trip and the mist gliding precariously low over their bungalow! (didn't mean for that to rhyme! hehehe :D)

Kirigalpoththa said...

Serendib_Isle,
I missed it. How come? May be we reached there bit late and was in a hurry to getback to Bandarawela. Anyway thanks for sharing it. There is a tea tree about 20ft tall at my parent's home. Tea is frequently trimmed and kept as short shrubs for easy plucking of leaves. But if you leave it to grow the 'shrub' will surely become a 'tree' soon :)

Kirigalpoththa said...

Chavie,
Surely it rhymes intentional or not :)

Haputale is famous for heavy mist at ground level and I know what it is like. Once we had to get out of the vehicle at Beragala and walked all the way up as driver could not see a thing in the hevay mist. We took turns and the vehicle followed at walking speed.

N said...

This isn't at Poonagala is it? I remember there being 'someone's' seat in Poonagala whcih provided an amazing view but can't remember the name. Love the blog btw, makes me very homesick though:)

Kirigalpoththa said...

N,
To my knowledge Lipton Seat also in the Poonagala Hills.
These hills are unique as they are overlooking the entire Uva Basin. Hence there are many viewing points in the Poonagala Mountain Range like Lipton Seat. You will know what I mean if you see this mountains from Wellawaya. It is so majestic. You may have visited either Lipton’s Seat or one of others in the same area like Millennium Point, St. Catherine’s Seat (Nayabedda), Pilkington’s Point. I have visited some but not all, so cannot comment about all but I am sure all of these points should be awesome on any day and breathtaking on a day with clear blue sky!
Thanks for your comments. Really Appreciate it. Yes, it is nothing like home and nothing like Sri Lanka .

Chavie said...

Hey bro, I took a photo some years back on the road from Wellawaya to Buduruwagala. Maybe it shows the Poonagala mountains, not too sure though.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Yep! That is poonagala montain range!!
Thanks for the photo.
See the contrast..Its flat lands with paddyfields in Wellawaya. A few kilometres away you see the cool,misty,mountainous Haputale, Bandarawela region ahead of Poonagala...

Chavie said...

Yep, the arid lowlands and the rather wet mountains. We passed Diyaluma on our way from Wellawaya to Beragala on that trip as well, one of the most amazing waterfalls in Sri Lanka, being so close to the main road and all...

Another very nice spot I have seen this contrast is on the Embilipitiya-Rathnapura road, when you're coming into Palmadulla from the Embilipitya side you can see the mountains of the Balangoda area jutting out into the sky. Gosh I wish I had snapped that picture too... :)

Kirigalpoththa said...

Wellawaya to Beragala road is superb. Guess you passed this type of sceneries all the way..in addition to the falls.

I have travelled along Pelmadulla - Nonagama road via Embilipitiya too. The view is again very scenic as you have described! Infact when you look over World’s end what you see faraway, is the same area.

Chavie said...

Yep, the trees were superb, but there wasn't that much mist since we passed through on a pretty dry day, which meant that the view over the mountainsides was excellent. Saw almost the whole upper part of the Walawe valley... :)

Kirigalpoththa said...

Yes. It was quite misty and rainy day when I took that photo. Pity you missed pictures on a clear sunny day..

Chavie said...

There's kinda a funny story why we didn't take any pics. After eating some breakfast on the road near Wellawaya and heading going to see Buduruwagala, we headed towards Beragala, and it was getting close to lunch time, and since we were traveling with an elderly couple who insisted we make it to Rathnapura for lunch, we had no choice but to go at top speed. We didn't even stop at the falls, or to take any pictures of the beautiful scenery. Pity indeed bro, what to do... :)

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