Horton Plains NP
Horton Plains is the highest plateau of the island, 2000 m above sea level, with montane moist forest and grassland areas. The Sinhalese name is “Maha Eliya”, meaning “great clearing”. Because of its rare montane virgin forest Horton Plains, together with the adjoining Peak Wilderness and the farer away Knuckles Range, was declared a World Heritage Site in 2010. Horton Plains is famous for it’s abrupt precipices called “World’s End” offering perfect panoramas. From here you can see the southern lowlands and Sinharaja rain forest. All in all Horton Plains offers spectacular scenery, rare flora and even some wildlife. Leopards living in this area are rarely sighted. Chances to observe Sambar deer and Purple-faced Langurs are high. The park is beloved among bird watcher, to study Sri Lanka’s highland species, among them are endemics such as Yellow-Eared Bulbul, Dull-Blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush.
Sinharaja rain forest
Kanneliya small rain forest
Pinnawela elephant orphanage
Dry zone south
Yala NP camping-safari
Bundala NP bird watching
Kumana NP birds and wildlife
Okanda village life and beach
Rufus Kulam remote lake
Lahugala NP with heritage site
Gal Oya NP lakeside wildlife
Udawalawe NP wild elephants
Ussangoda serpentine rock
Dry zone north
Minneriya NP elephant gathering
Kaudulla NP elephant gathering
Habarana oxcart excursions
Nelumpure authentic village life
Mihintale ancient sanctuary
Namal Uyana ironwood sanctuary
Rasvehera monastery and wildlife
Tabbowe lake near Wilpattu NP
Horton Plains trekking hotspot
Bambarakanda 240 m waterfall
Adam's Peak pilgrim mountain
Hakgala Botanical Garden
Kitulgala white water and birds
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Meemure village life and trekking
Knuckles Range trekking highlight
Randenigala NP alternative camp
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destination: Horton Plains
Horton Plains is Sri Lanka’s only National Park where visitors are allowed to walk on their own on designated trails, without a guide or park ranger. The most beloved hike to World’s End and Baker’s Falls takes about 4 hours, including some breaks at the most fascinating places. This most popular trail is 9.5 km long.
Longer trekking trails lead to the peaks sormounting Horton Plains, they are only hills to climb when starting at Horton Plains, but indeed, they are Sri Lanka’s second and third highest mountains and higher than Adam’s Peak.
You should depart at the main car park not after 8.00 am and walk to World’ end first. The reason is: Usually at 10.00 am the clouds from the lowlands will become a swirling white lains and you will not be able to enjoy the panorama any more.
This means your vehicle should depart at about 6.00 am from your hotel or guesthouse in Nuwara Eliya or Haputale, where the closest comfortable accommodations are located.
On weekends and public holidays, especially during weekend prolonged by Poya Days, Horton Plains will get crowded, but by locals more than by other tourists. Then you will not enjoy the silence of this mystic place, but the kindness of Sinhalese and Tamil hikers.
You definitely need strong and comfortable walking shoes, the trail is quite muddy in places, some streams have to be crossed without bridges. Hat and sunglasses and a raincoat or umbrella are recommendable, too. And do not forget, you are in 2000 m height during early morning hours. Sri Lanka may be a tropical island, but for Horton Plains you better expect a scottish climate. Average temperatures vary between 5 degrees Celsius and 27 degrees Celsius.
Carry some breakfast or lunch packed for a picnic. There are no restaurants on the way and that at the car park is quite expensive.
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