Horton Plains and World's End
a multitude of breathtaking wonders
Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by grassland and cloud forest. The plains are a beautiful, silent, strange world with some excellent walks. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100 metres (6,900 ft) is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. It is also a popular tourist destination and is situated 32 kilometres from Nuwara Eliya. The average temperature in this area is about 16 C, with high winds in the evening it can be quite chilly.
Large herds of Sri Lankan sambar deer inhabit the park and its also an important bird area with many species not only endemic to Sri Lanka but restricted to the Horton Plains. Wild boars and leopards can also be found in this area.
The walk to World's End is 4 km, where the southern Horton Plains suddenly ends, and drops off to nearly 1050 meters – an awesome sight indeed. This shear drop offers a breathtaking view of the land below and even to the Indian Ocean on clear days. This is a favourite place for trekkers, as there are plenty of soft and hard trails. Early morning visits are essential, both to see the wildlife and to view World's End before mists close in during the later part of the morning.
Further on the trail you’ll have to make an arduous climb down to see Bakers falls and rest at the platform relishing the cool spray. Baker’s Falls is noted for the tremendous noise created by water pounding the large rock formation at its foot.