Enjoy Horton Plains, and respect the local life, the air, the animals and they will appreciate your gesture. The sound of birds is the music that you will want to ear, and you will be amazed for your time there.
In there you will discover several species of migratory birds and very rare that you will not find anywhere else.
Moreover, upon reaching the peaks, you will be confused with yourself: whether you are walking on the clouds or if the foamy mist came down and embrace you.
One thing is certain, Horton Plains is the beginning of a great adventure in search of the meaning of life and the importance of taking care so that one does not miss the beautiful and natural.
Be it the stimulating coffee, the fall of the crystal clear waters, the transparency of the streams, the narrow rails, the attentive eyes of the animals are moments that will indeed make a difference in your life! Come with us that adventure has begun!
- Essential information about Horton Plains
- Where is Horton Plains?
- What to see in Horton Plains?
- Wildlife and nature
- Have a coffee at the end at Farr Inn
- How to reach Hortons Plains?
- Is it possible to stay in Hortons Plains?
- The weather and the best time to visit Hortons Plains
Essential information about Horton Plains
Horton Plains sits on the highest and coldest point of Sri Lanka. Be prepared for the unpredictable climate change that can occur. Later we will talk about the best time to visit the park.
Because of this, bring warm clothes, comfortable shoes, sunglasses, hats. Also, if possible check the place you are staying with the possibility of taking a meal for you to eat as soon as you arrive (you will feel hungry).
Beware of extremes, respect the safety signs. In there already happened some situations where the lack of responsibility and attention, was the end of the world for some travelers who crossed the border.
Another tip is not to carry plastic bags, it is vital to preserve the park so that it continues with the fauna and flora vivid. If you take some plastic, park staff will replace them with recyclable bags.
Where is Horton Plains?
Horton Plains is a park located on the central plateau of Sri Lanka and according to history, was discovered by the farmer Thomas Farr at the beginning of the 19th century.
Then a few years later, it was named Horton Plain in honor of the governor of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon).
Since 1988 the forest reserve has been declared a National Park and since 2010 has been announced as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
The park is surrounded by streams and canals being close to the highest peaks in the country such as Mount Kirigalpotta Kanda and Mount Thotupola Kanda.
Horton Plains is located between Ella and Nuwara Eliya and to be well situated in the park you can download the Maps.me App and have access to all the trails that other travelers share in there.
Then start your adventure as soon as the sun rises after 6am until the maximum at 10am. Because at this time the clouds have not yet come down and you can see all the movement, the fields of tea plantations, and even the ocean on the other side.
If you can not get there at this time, you have the feeling that you really are at the end of the world. That’s because it will look down and see the clouds covering the bottom and providing a dramatic backdrop.
The park runs from 6 am to 6 pm. Upon arrival, you will pay tourist fee equivalent to 1,150 rupees.
What to see in Horton Plains?
On this walk to the End of the World, cross the tracks and take advantage of every opportunity of this adventure. Check out what to do towards the main attraction World’s End in Horton Plains Park.
Trekking in Horton Plains
Trekking in Horton Plains is not very complicated, it depends on a long walk through the woods.
While not reaching the World’s End, take the 9-kilometer hike, about 3 hours to take pictures and enjoy the beauty of the plains and mountains. The course itself is flat.
The trail is circular, and there are not many obstacles as the Little Adams Peak. For this, you will have the options to move to the right or left, any of them will take you to the desired destination.
As soon as you begin the trail, you will be rewarded with wildlife, pastures, and species of spice shrubs.
Arrive early at the park preferably at 6 o’clock in the morning, to make the trekking restful and arrive at the World’s End before 10 o’clock. After this time, the place is filled with fog, and it will be difficult to see anything.
The World’s End is the famous End of the World and the beginning of a spectacular sight. It is located at the southern end of Horton Plains Park at an altitude of 2140m and descends to 900 meters.
When looking at the south coast, your vision will be confused amid the immensity of vegetation and magnificent contrasts. Turn your view down and see the 1200 meters in the background and no division between you and the depths.
The height is so impressive, and if the valley is already covered by clouds, you will not know if the clouds have descended or if you are above them.
As said, try to go earlier before the fog arrives and disrupts your experience.
But it all depends on good weather in the day. Otherwise, you will not be able to see anything. Below we talk about the best times to visit Horton Plans. Continue reading.
Little World’s End
Little World’s End if you are going on the left is a small demonstration of what you will see ahead or if you go to the right is the last attraction of Horton Plains.
Little World’s End and World’s End, both are areas with a steep slope, 100% natural, with a dense forest. When looking at the cliff, you can not see anything built by man, all natural and with such perfection.
In regards to World’s End, the space to see the scenery of Little World’s End is smaller, but it is not without its impressive.
The Bakers Fall is a beautiful waterfall that you’ll find on your way through the Hortons Plains.
It is about 20 meters high. The waterfall is so intense and foamy that they merge with the contrast of the stones. The jungle next door is really amazing.
Be careful to climb the waterfall, although it is easy, it is very slippery and steep. Climbing the waterfall to the trail will leave you breathless because of the altitude.
Anyway, it’s worth the experience.
Wildlife and nature
The wildlife of this place is diverse, with animals living in freedom. Your experience and records with them will be as you go through the jungle and meet them.
Surprise yourself with several species of ferns or see the vivid colors of the orchids as if they were hand painted.
Larger animals hardly show up mostly the leopard – symbol of Sri Lanka. But walk the path in the rhythm of the songs of the migratory birds. This place is ideal for birdwatchers.
It is where other species of animals live, some even live in that place or are threatened with extinction such as horned lizard, striped neck maggot, herds of deers, long-tailed giant squirrels, monkey bear, fishing cat, wild boar giant-tailed deer, among other exotic animals.
There’s an animal you’ll miss in this park: the elephant, and we’ll tell you why.
A few years ago, Horton Plains was full of elephants, but during the colonization, the British hunted until they were never seen again.
It is in the Horton Plains that another species of animal was discovered as if it were of the subspecies of the thin red loris. They were studied and confirmed as a new species of animals.
Have a coffee at the end at Farr Inn
The Farr Inn is the meeting place for coffee and literally warmth to start your journey. It is next to the parking lot and is the first step towards Horton Plains Park.
Before, this place served as accommodation for the British and today is a cafeteria that welcomes travelers visiting the site.
Also, you will see pictures with stories of local fauna and flora and a shop selling books related to the park’s culture.
How to reach Hortons Plains?
If you are willing to take the train and go to Horton Plains, you can go from Haputale, Ella or Nanu Oya by the direct train journey. There are two train stations: from Ohiya village about 10 km from the park and another in Pattipola located at the highest point of Sri Lanka on the return from Nuwara Eliya.
Another tip is that if you are in Nuwara or Ella just rent a jeep with a driver and drive to Horton Plains. Now try to go with more people, because it will be more comfortable and more economical to share the expenses. Usually, the trip takes about 3 hours.
Check out for more information about transportation in Sri Lanka and stay inside the possibilities and how to move from one city to another with safety.
Is it possible to stay in Hortons Plains?
If you want to get closer to nature, there are 3 places that many travelers can camp.
It has one detail: unlike the other parks, in Horton Plains, you will have to carry your luggage wherever you go, and this is a bit uncomfortable, especially when trekking.
Because of this, the ideal is to stay in Ella or Nuwara Eliya and go to Hortons Plains from there. So you know more places in less time.
The weather and the best time to visit Hortons Plains
The climate of the park is cold as we say, similar to a mountain rainforest. Just remember our Amazon Forest that you will understand a little of what we are talking about. Temperatures are between 14ºC and 16ºC with low humidity.
Remember to get a health insurance when traveling to these places, it is essential to have an emergency relief valve, especially when it comes to temperature drops.
The region of the park receives more rains than the highlands. In drier times, temperatures drop further to 5 ° C, accompanied by frost and frost.
Avoid traveling between May to June, when the fog comes and covers the entire park.
Because of this, the best time to visit is between November and March.
Watch out for the monsoons that ravage the country. Read the article on the climate in Sri Lanka and understand more about them before planning your trip.
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