lipton's seat
A Breathtaking Panoramic View


Lipton’s Seat is a popular tourist destination located in Ella, Sri Lanka. It is named after Sir Thomas Lipton, a Scottish tea magnate who visited the area in the late 19th century. From the top of Lipton’s Seat, you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding tea plantations, valleys, and mountains.

To reach Lipton’s Seat, you have to take a picturesque hike through tea estates, quaint villages, and narrow paths. The trail itself is a fantastic experience, with various viewpoints, waterfalls, and streams. The hike takes approximately two to three hours, depending on your pace and fitness level.

Once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with a view that is nothing short of magical. The vast tea plantations spread out below you as far as the eye can see. With the rolling hills and misty valleys as a backdrop, you will feel like you are in paradise.

While at Lipton’s Seat, you can enjoy a cup of tea, prepared and served the way Sir Thomas Lipton liked it. You can also explore the small museum that gives a glimpse into the history of tea production in Sri Lanka.

Visiting Lipton’s Seat is a must-do when travelling through Ella, especially if you are a nature lover. The adventure and beauty of the hike, combined with the stunning view from the top, make for an unforgettable experience.


Useful Tips

  • The nearest town to Lipton’s Seat is Haputale, which can be easily reached by train or bus. From there, you can take a tuk-tuk or taxi to the viewpoint.
  • The best time to visit Lipton’s Seat is early in the morning when the skies are clear and the view is most spectacular.
  • There is an entry fee to visit Lipton’s Seat, which is around 50-100 LKR per person.
  • If you’re up for a hike, you can trek up to Lipton’s Seat from Haputale.
  • Sri Lanka is a conservative country, so it’s important to dress modestly when visiting Lipton’s Seat.
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