Hatton

Hatton (Sinhalese: හැටන්, Tamil: ஹற்றன்) is a town 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.

Hatton is one of the busiesand is colloquially known as the tea capital of the country, as it is the central point for most upcountry tea growing regions, such at cities in the hill country of Sri Lanka s 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.