Horton Plains – the beautiful gift of nature – is situated along the eastern periphery
of the main range of the anchor-shaped central hills of Sri Lanka. At 2100 – 2300
meters above sea level, it is Sri Lanka’s most elevated National Park containing
the Kirigalpotta and Totapola Mountains, which are the second and third highest
mountain peaks of Sri Lanka (2395 and 2359 metres respectively).
Endemic flora such Rhododenron, Calophylum, Chimono bambosa and fauna such as the
rare Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush (Arenga), Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, Sri Lanka Bush
Warbler, the Rhino-horned Lizard, and many other species such as Sambar, Bear Monkey
and Otter can be spotted easily here. It is also the only national park within which
visitors are permitted to walk.
Situated within this park, at nearly 700m, is World’s End, a sheer precipice that
is popular with visitors. The World’s End offers a spectacular panoramic view, including
an uninhibited view of the Nonpareil Tea Estate. Also within the Park is Baker’s
falls, which is quite small but an exquisite waterfall nevertheless.
Time of excursion: Early morning
Distance from the bungalow: 30 km
What is included: Transport, entrance tickets and picnic
packets can be arranged on request.
What to wear/bring: Suitable trekking clothes with warm
jackets, raincoats (for rainy days, May,June. Sept, Oct), closed shoes, sun block,
binoculars and a note book.