Dambetenna Tea Factory
Well-known tea manufacturers (e.g. Lipton Tea) cultivate their plantations around Haputale. “Dambatenne” is one of the tea processing centers (located 9 km from the city). Sir Thomas J. Lipton was living on this estate and the factory still maintains most of the machinery already in use one century ago. The possibility to visit and watch those traditional production techniques as well as try different kinds of tea makes this quite a popular tourist attraction.
After tea factory Visit we proceed to the Lipton’s seat.
Near the Dambatenne tea factory, the Lipton’s Seat lookout rivals the views from World’s End (and it’s free). The Scottish tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton used to survey his burgeoning empire from here.
Take the signed narrow paved road from the tea factory and climb about 7km through lush tea plantations to the lookout. From the tea factory the ascent should take about 2½ hours. The earliest bus leaves Haputale at 6.30am. Look forward to the company of Tamil tea pickers going off to work as you walk uphill to Lipton’s Seat.
The Pilkington point is a panoramic view point for situated 1400 meters above sea level popular travelers who visit Haputale and Bandarawela. The view point is known by the name of Sir Pilkington, first manager Poonagalla Group, who used this location to scan the vast tea estate of Poonagala in late 1800’s.
Pilkington point 4600 feet above sea level is one of those vantage points where you can enjoy the spectacular view of Southern and Eastern plains of Sri Lanka; it was named after the first Managing Director of the ‘Poonagala Valley Co. Ltd. The road that goes uphill can be managed only by a 4WD. We continued further and there it was the millennium point (1450m) on top of the Poonagala hills.
On a clear day, you can see the districts of Monaragala, Hambanthota, Rathnapura and a part of Ampara, Three Light Houses, Tissa Tank, Hauda Panagalla tank, etc. from this point.