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Horton Plains Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 37 photos

Horton Plains is an area of high altitude, barren plains and cloudforest that slopes upward south to drop 1000 meters at World’s End. According to legend, the bare grasslands are where Hanuman’s tail, lit on fire by Ravana, brushed the ground.

There aren’t a lot of animals that make themselves visible, although there are herds of sambar deer, some bear-faced monkeys, and a very small population of leopards, and it seems to be a popular destination for large (and loud) groups, so it’s relatively crowded. I’ve heard that the weather is mostly chilly and misty, when not actually raining. Cloudforest is called that for a reason – there’s a thick mist caught in the trees, especially along the edges of the drop offs. (See some scenery.)

An easy, well-worn 9-kilometer trail loops from a small museum to World’s End, branching off occasionally to waterfalls and other views, or on short, more difficult spurs. The museum explains a little about the geographic oddities of the plains and the past flora and fauna (mostly killed off by colonial hunters). There’s a hefty fee to enter (or even traverse) the area.

Back to Ella or on to Kitulgala.

  • Last visit to Horton Plains: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Jan 24, 2010
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