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They say, on a clear day, you can see 7 provinces and 2 seas from there. Just thinking of that can be mind-blowing, and certainly it’ll be an awe-inspiring experience.

If the day is misty, you won’t see much, but it’s still a magical, mystical experience to be amongst the clouds.

The Lipton’s Seat lookout is one of Sri Lanka’s most striking viewpoints (unless it’s misty and cloudy of course, which is why early morning is the best time to visit). The Scottish tea mogul Sir Thomas Lipton used to survey his flourishing empire from here, or that’s how the story goes. Today it’s said you can see across emerald green hills and tea estates in seven different provinces.

It is said that on a clear day that you can see as far as Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Matara, Badulla, Ratnapura and Monaragala. Even the light houses at Kirinda, Batticaloa and Matara Devinuwara can be seen in clear weather. But unfortunately Lipton’s Seat is surrounded in mist most of the day and the best time to visit the site is early morning where chances getting a clear a view is much better. It’s advised to be at the point at least by 7am since the mist starts to settle in by 8am.

The Lipton’s Seat lies about 18 km off Haputale Town. Take Haputale Dambetanne Road for about 9.5 km to reach the Dambetanne Tea Factory.  You need to take a ticket for Rs. 50/- pp to enter the tea estate. From here, the road is narrow and a hike would take about 2.5 hours. The location is also accessible by a 3 wheeler or a jeep.

Lipton’s Seat can be categorized as one of the ideal places where you can go to get away from the tension of everyday life. If you’ve been having a tough month and you’re looking for a quiet rest plus seeing some of the most beautiful views in and around hill country, this is your choice. The best activity while you’re in these remote parts, is to go wandering through the hills, be enchanted limitlessly….

Take a day trip to Lipton’s Seat while staying at one of our bungalows in Nuwara Eliya.