It is approximately 83 kilometers (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 Aberdeen shire, Scotland. A number of the surrounding tea estates are also named after Scottish villages.
Whilst Hatton serves as a gateway to Adam's Peak .