Hatton, Sri Lanka

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Hatton
හැටන්
ஹற்றன்
Hatton Town
Hatton Town
Hattonහැටන්ஹற்றன் is located in Sri Lanka
Hattonහැටන්ஹற்றன்
Hatton
හැටන්
ஹற்றன்
Coordinates: 6°53′23″N 80°35′53″E / 6.88972°N 80.59806°E / 6.88972; 80.59806Coordinates: 6°53′23″N 80°35′53″E / 6.88972°N 80.59806°E / 6.88972; 80.59806
Country Sri Lanka
Province Central Province
Population (2012)
 • Total 15,073
Time zone Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)
 • Summer (DST) Summer time (UTC+6)

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. It is approximately 83 km (52 mi) southeast of Colombo and 44 km (27 mi) south of Kandy and is situated 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 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.

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

The Hatton National Bank[1] and Brown & Co. Ltd. were both founded in Hatton.

In 2008 part of the Hatton town, including religious places, was gazetted as a Religious Zone by the Government of Sri Lanka.

Transport[edit]

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.

Demographics[edit]

Ethnicity Population
(2001)
% Of Total
Indian Tamils 4,713 33.06
Sinhalese 3,752 26.32
Sri Lankan Tamils 3,278 23.00
Sri Lankan Moors 2,309 16.20
Other (including Burgher, Malay) 203 1.42
Total 14,255 100

The Indian Tamils who live in this area have contributed immensely to Sri Lankan economy as tea estate workers.

Attractions[edit]

  • Maanica Pillayaar/Sri Manickapillayar Kovil, a Hindu temple dedicated to Ganesh
  • Subramaniam Kovil, Hindu temple dedicated to Murugan
  • Sri Muthu Mariyamman Kovil, a Hindu temple
  • Singha Malai Tunnel, the longest railway tunnel in Sri Lanka
  • Shri Nigrodharamaya Buddhist Temple
  • St. Clair's Falls, a 80 m (260 ft) high and 50 m (160 ft) wide waterfall
  • Devon Falls, a 97 m (318 ft) high waterfall
  • Laxapana Falls, a 126 m (413 ft) high waterfall

Education[edit]

  • Highlands College - (Tamil & English Medium)
  • Sri Pada Central College – (Sinhala & English Medium)
  • St. Gabriel's Convent – (Sinhala & Tamil Medium)
  • St. John Bosco's College - (Tamil & Sinhala Medium)
  • Webster International School - (English Medium)
  • Highlevel International School -(English Medium)
  • Oxbridge International College (English Courses & Certicicates)
  • Life-spring English Academy - (English Medium)

Post and telephone[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our History". Hatton National Bank. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 

External links[edit]