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Horton Plains Excursion, Sri Lanka

Region: hill-country | Location: Nuwara Eliya
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The Horton Plains form an undulating plateau more than 200m high, about 20Km south of Nuwara Eliya. The plains are beautiful, silent, strange world with some excellent works. The most famous and stunning feature is the World’s End, where the plains come to a suddenly to an end and drop almost straight down for 700m. It is one of the most awesome sights in Sri Lanka, but sometimes views can be obscured by mist. Dawn or very early morning usually recommended but most travel during mid morning or late afternoon to see this natural wonder in Horton Plains.

Horton Plains is a national park now. So there are entrance fees that apply. Once this land used to roam with herds of elephants but most of them were shot by colonial hunters in early 20th century. But the land is still home to leopards, sambur, deer, bear, monkeys and a rich array of birds, including some endemic species. The Horton Plains are popular with birdwatchers. Endemics include the yellow eared bulbul, the fantailed warbler, the ashy headed babbler, and more.

The walk to World's End is almost 3.5 kilometres from the entrance along a flat path which winds through grasslands decked in pin-dot flowers and beneath vaulting spurts of jungle. The Horton Plans can be cold in the early mornings and late afternoons/early evening so you will need long trousers and a sweater. Midway you will reach Little World's End, a prelude to the stupendous view and the vertical drop that will confront you at World's End. Continue onward and you can descend to Non Pareil Estate. Those who wish to return have a choice. They can retrace their steps and take the shorter route back, or choose the more undulating path that skirts the stream most of the way and that takes them to Baker's Falls - a beautiful, resounding cascade.

Visitors to the park can follow from 1.5Km up to 10km loop that incorporates all of the spectacular features, enabling you to enjoy them while adhering to the strict rules for environment protection and nature conservation. To learn more about Horton Plains, read our Horton Plains article by clicking here.

Horton Plains Tour Excursion Includes:

The standard tour excursion to the Horton Plains includes below.

⁕ Entrance Fees to the park
⁕ One morning or afternoon hike which could take between 2-4 hours.
⁕ A tour guide to hike with you to the World’s End.
⁕ Optional expert naturalist for serious birdwatchers and wildlife lovers.
⁕ Government Wild Life Department Tracker (Ranger).

Speak to us to add Horton Plains National Park to your itinerary. Wear strong and comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses and lots of water. Bring sunscreen. Weather can change very quickly at Horton Plans, so be prepared.

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