Hatton, Sri Lanka

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Hatton
හැටන්
ஹற்றன்
City of Srilanka, Hatton.jpg
Hatton is located in Sri Lanka
Hatton
Hatton
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
District Nuwara Eliya District
Divisional Secretariat

Nuwara Eliya Divisional Secretariat

(Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat)
Established 1821[citation needed]
Government
 • Type Urban Council
 • Body Hatton Dickoya Urban Council
Elevation 1,271 m (4,170 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Total 100,073
  [citation needed]
Time zone Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)
 • Summer (DST) Summer time (UTC+6)
Postal code 22000
Area code(s) 051
Website www.facebook.com/hattonSL

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 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. The hilly city is surrounded with lots of scenic places.

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 National Bank,[1] the largest privately owned commercial bank in the country, and Brown & Company PLC, a leading engineering firm, were both founded in Hatton.[2]

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.

Transportation from Colombo

Ceylon Transport Board - 18

Sri Lanka Railways [3]

  • 05:55:00 ( Podi Mekinke ) – Express Train
  • 07:03:00 School vacation 2017 – Special Trains (SCH)
  • 08:30:00 Udarata Menike – Express Train
  • 09:45:00 ( 1007 ) – Express Train
  • 12:40:00 – Express Train
  • 20:00:00 Night Mail Train

Demographics[edit]

Ethnicity Population
(2001)
% Of Total
Indian Tamils 33,084 33.06
Sinhalese 26,339 26.32
Sri Lankan Tamils 23,016 23.00
Sri Lankan Moors 16,211 16.20
Other (including Burgher, Malay) 1,423 1.42
Total 100 073 100

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
  • 60 feet railway bridge
  • Dumbara cricket stadium
  • Maskiliya Reservoirs

Education[edit]

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

Banking operations[edit]

  • Bank of Ceylon
  • Hatton National Bank
  • Commercial Bank
  • Sampath Bank
  • NSB Bank
  • NDB Bank
  • Pan Asia Bank
  • HDFC Bank
  • Seylan Bank
  • DFCC Bank
  • Alfalah Bank

Economy[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Neighbourhoods[edit]

  • Bogawantalawa
  • Talawakelle
  • Dickoya
  • Norwood
  • Wattawalla
  • Ginigathena
  • Kottagalla

Climate[edit]

  • The majority of rainfall (rainy season) occurs in May,July,August,September,October.
  • On average, the warmest month is April.
  • On average, the coolest month is August.
  • October is the wettest month.
  • March is the driest month.

Post and telephone[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our History". Hatton National Bank. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Randhawa, Bikki K.; Sacay, Orlando J.; Gallardo, Joselito S. (Ed) (1997). A Commercial Bank's Microfinance Program: The Case of Hatton National Bank in Sri Lanka, Parts 63-369. World Bank Publications. p. 7. ISBN 9780821340028. 
  3. ^ "Search Train". eservices.railway.gov.lk. Retrieved 2017-08-29. 

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