Little bit about Horton Plains
Horton plains can be considered as one of the most famous national parks in Sri Lanka. This land is surrounded by beautiful green grass and cloud forest is known to have many species that are extinct to the region. The Horton Plains are connected to three major rivers in Sri Lanka, the Mahaweli, the Kelani and the Walawe rivers. Among many pools and waterfalls, Baker’s Falls can be considered as one of the most attractive places in Horton plains. Nearly 750 species of plants, 24 species of mammals, 87 species of birds, 9 species of reptiles and 8 species of amphibians are found in this park.
The most famous attraction is the “World’s End”, situated towards the southern edge of the Horton Plains, which is a cliff with a 4000 feet straight vertical drop. The drop is so steep that it makes you feel you are standing at the end of the world.
Things to know before you go
- From the entrance to the World’s End is about 4kms. From there to the Baker’s falls it is 2kms and return journey to the entrance from Baker’s falls is about 3.5 - 4 kms. This 10km round trip can easily take 3 hours
- Best time to visit the park is from 6AM to 10AM
- Better to reach World's end at least before 10AM. Afterwards it normally gets misty and will not be able to see the surrounding
- Make sure that you have enough food and water for a 3 hours hike and do remember that plastic bottles are not allowed
- The weather can change very quickly from bright and sunny to misty and cold. So better be prepared with couple of warm cloths
- Generally the park is crowded with local visitors during the weekend and on public holidays
- No open flames and it is not allowed to carry polythene and plastic