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Haputale is a city in Uva, in the central mountain area of Sri Lanka. It's a relaxed little place with about 5000 inhabitants. Mostly Tamils mixed with some Muslims and Buddhists. It's a wonderful place to retreat for a while. There is many Tea estates around and one can walk virtually for several weeks, without ever taking the same path twice. As it is located on top of a mountain range, the views are exceptional. But mind the sun. It's quite high above sea level and thus the sun is very powerful.
By train or bus (from Kandy (six hours) for example)
Walking or by rickshaw, as usual in Sri Lanka. One can also take the train to visit smaller places around Haputale (the also tiny places Ella, Bandarawella or Badulla, for example). It's also quite common to take the train to one of the neighboring villages and simply walk back that same way on the rail tracks. It's totally normal in Sri Lanka to walk on rail tracks. Trains are slow and using their horn more than permanently. Those rail track walks offer one of the best views Sri Lanka has to offer.
There is the "Website Link" cybercafe with a good high speed connection. 60 Rs per hour (2009). Just walk from the railway station for about 100 meters in the direction main crossing. You'll find the place on the left hand side.
There is the standard range of eateries.
Bawan Guest House or it's neighboring Guest House. Both offer single rooms from 350 RS (2009). Both intend to offer dormitory accommodation soon. To find them, just walk back on the rail tracks (beginning from the railway station) in the direction Kandy. After 400 meters one can see a sign "Olympus" on the hill left to the rails. Climb up the stairs to that sign. There you reach a road (Temple Road, parallel to the rails) up that hill. Then, in your back you can see a yellow sign indicating a schoolboy and a schoolgirl. At that place a little way is leaving from Temple Road in a parallel manner into the right direction. Follow that small muddy way for approximately 200 meters. There is coming a green wall on the right side. Don't mind you're not lost.... . At the point where that green wall turns gray, small steps are leading downwards. Descend them and you will already see the roof of Bawan Guest House's neighboring Guest House. You can continue that small track for another 50 and will see the roof of Bawan Guest House itself. There the track ends and one has to descend another small steps and will reach the tiny road (also parallel to the mud track) which the entry gates of Bawan Guest House and it's neighboring Guest House are facing to. Sorry, but it's not that easy to explain.
By train or by bus.