Hatton, Sri Lanka

Hatton (Sinhala: හැටන්, Tamil: ஹட்டன்) is a city in the Nuwara Eliya District of Central Province, Sri Lanka governed by the Hatton-Dickoya Urban Council. Hatton is a major centre of the Sri Lankan tea industry.


Coordinates: 6°53′23″N 80°35′53″E
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceCentral Province
DistrictNuwara Eliya District
Divisional SecretariatNuwara Eliya Divisional Secretariat (Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat)
  TypeUrban Council
  BodyHatton Dickoya Urban Council
1,271 m (4,170 ft)
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone)
  Summer (DST)UTC+6 (Summer time)
Postal code
Area code(s)051

Hatton is one of the busiest cities in the hill country of Sri Lanka and is colloquially known as the tea capital of the country, as it is the central point for most upcountry tea growing regions, such as Maskeliya, Talawakelle, Bogawantalawa and Dickoya.

It is located approximately 83 km (52 mi) southeast of Colombo and 44 km (27 mi) south of Kandy, at an elevation of 1,271 m (4,170 ft) above sea level.

Hatton was founded during the British colonial times in order to serve the coffee plantations and latter tea estates. The name of the town refers to the village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. A number of the surrounding tea estates are also named after Scottish villages.

Hatton serves as a gateway to Adam's Peak (Sri Pada) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve, but is better known for its Ceylon tea plantations and Stassen group tea.


The Hatton Railway Station is located on the Main Line (Colombo-Badulla) railway line and on the A7 highway (Avissawella-Nuwara Eliya) a part of the Avissawella-Nuwara Eliya main road.


% Of Total
Indian Tamils33,08433.06
Sri Lankan Tamils23,01623.00
Sri Lankan Moors16,21116.20
Other (including Burgher, Malay)1,4231.42
Total100 073 100


  • Adams Peak
  • Devon Falls, a 97 m (318 ft) high waterfall
  • Dumbara Cricket Stadium
  • Holy Cross Church (Catholic)
  • Laxapana Falls, a 126 m (413 ft) high waterfall
  • Maanica Pillayaar/Sri Manickapillayar Kovil, a Hindu temple dedicated to Ganesh
  • Maskiliya Reservoirs
  • St. Clair's Falls, a 80 m (260 ft) high and 50 m (160 ft) wide waterfall
  • Shri Nigrodharamaya Buddhist Temple
  • Singha Malai Tunnel, the longest railway tunnel in Sri Lanka
  • 60 feet railway bridge
  • Sri Muthu Mariyamman Kovil, a Hindu temple
  • Subramaniam Kovil, Hindu temple dedicated to Murugan


  • Highlands National College
  • Highlevel International School
  • Life-spring English Academy
  • Oxbridge International College
  • St. Gabriel's Convent
  • St. John Bosco's College
  • Shannon Tamil Maha Vidyalayam
  • Sri Pada Central College
  • Univenture international
  • Webster International School


Hatton is the largest city in the Nuwara Eliya District. A number of major corporations have branch offices in Hatton, servicing industries including textiles, tea, furniture and information technology.


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