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Horton Plains, a breathtaking plateau in central Sri Lanka, stands as a natural wonder and is a key attraction for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Horton Plains National Park offers a unique and diverse ecosystem, featuring rolling grasslands, dense cloud forests, and cascading waterfalls.

The star attraction within Horton Plains is World’s End, a dramatic escarpment that provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Hiking trails meander through the park, leading visitors to iconic landmarks such as Baker’s Falls, a picturesque waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation.

The park is renowned for its rich biodiversity, housing a variety of flora and fauna unique to the region. Endemic species, including the elusive sambar deer and purple-faced langur monkeys, roam freely in their natural habitat. Birdwatchers can delight in spotting vibrant bird species like the Sri Lankan whistling thrush and the yellow-eared bulbul.

Horton Plains’ cool and misty climate adds to its allure, creating an otherworldly atmosphere. The famous trek to World’s End, especially during the early morning, offers a surreal experience as the mist gradually lifts, revealing the stunning landscapes below.

“Horton Plains stands as a unique gem among Sri Lanka’s national parks, distinguished as the only one where visitors are permitted to explore on foot. This exceptional park invites you to wander freely amidst its breathtaking landscapes, making it a rare and immersive experience within the country’s natural reserves.”

Wear your clothes in layers as it can be very cold in the early morning hours and become very hot when the sun comes out.

As the roads are in a very bad condition, we have to hire a jeep or a van to get to the Horton Plains National Park.

Please note there is an entrance fee to Horton Plains.

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