This stage is a very scenic route that takes you from Haputale, one of the major towns in the tea country to one of the tea country's better-known landmarks where Sir Thomas Lipton would survey his favorite tea estates.
Walk through a cool and humid forest reserve towards a mountain that takes you to the Thotalagala - Dambatenne Valley. Climb uphill on beautiful tea trails, past an organic bio-tea producing estate and onto walking paths with views across the valley to Lipton’s Seat.
Continue along steep climbs to the peak of a mountain, which is a kind of plateau home to lots of green tea fields and a few small villages. The stage ends at St. Catherine, the first picturesque tea plantation worker’s village on the upper divisions of the Nayabedda Tea Estate, at an altitude of 1,875 meters where Sir Thomas Lipton liked to survey his tea empire.