"A trek to the end of the world" Horton Plains by mafi_moya

Horton Plains Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 37 photos

Horton Plains is Sri Lanka's highest plateau, an isolated national park covering about 3000 hectares. It's a beautiful place to walk around (ideally when there's not too many people) - much of the scenery, a mix of forest and grassland, is strangely reminiscent of the moors of Northern England and can be equally bleak and windswept. You can easily spend the best part of a day hiking round all the sights, such as Baker's Falls and the famous World's End cliff face, but a morning is probably sufficient for most people and it makes an ideal day trip from Nuwara Eliya or (even closer) Haputale.

Horton Plains used to be famous for its wild animals - there are still some to see but the main reason to go is the natural scenery rather than the wildlife. Elephants and leopards are long gone but there are some rare birds, butterflies and occasional bear monkeys to keep an eye out for. It's quite easy to spend a morning there without seeing anything though. The park is open all day but you should really try and get there as early as possible - it often rains in the afternoons and when the heavy mist descends visibility is extremely poor.

  • Last visit to Horton Plains: May 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2007 at 2:49 AM

    Really beautiful scenery of Horton Plains, I may visit Sri Lanka next year and will take note of this place :)

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2004 at 1:21 AM

    Very sad about the environmental damage here, looks a beautiful area though especially the waterfall. Nice page (~_~)

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2004 at 8:13 AM

    Great page ! I have nice memories of my walks in this area.

  • yumiyun's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2004 at 12:06 AM

    Next time in SL, I should definitely visit Horton Plains! Thanks for the info.


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