Horton Plains National Park, Nuwara Eliya

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In the cloud-covered heights of the Horton Plains National Park, Horton Plains National Park offers one of the most dramatic vantage points in Sri Lanka. From a sheer cliff drop of some 1,200 m (4,000 ft), the view encompasses almost the entire park. Hike the moderate 4 km (2.4 mi) trail from the entrance to the park's highest point, looping round Baker's Falls for the full 9.5 km (5.9 mi) experience. For the best views, plan your trip for early morning, when clouds are least likely to spoil the vista. Take plenty of water and snacks, and dress in layers against the chilly high-elevation conditions. For Horton Plains National Park and beyond, use our Nuwara Eliya trip planner to get the most from your Nuwara Eliya vacation.
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  • Most tours start early from around 5.30am to get up to the plains to avoid the heat . Circuit route best done in a clockwise manner. Cool rock formations , water features, and two stunning viewpoints ...  more »
  • The forest really gives a sense of what a tropical jungle is. The other half of the trail is in vast vallies with amazing scenic views. Not too hard, around a 7.5 km. The only downside is the early ri...  more »
  • Apparently, everyone includes this on their trip to Sri Lanka! Trekkers, birders, tourists. I couldn't understand why we were being overtaken by jeeps, tuc tucs, bikes, buses at 5.45 am. Only as we ne...  more »
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  • Get very great experience of grassy lands and forest. the 3 hour long walk will give you mini edge of the world, edge of the world and very eye catching water falls. one will get good experience of natural habitat along with some wild animals. try to start your trek from left side of junction as this will help you in getting more descents. no plastic of flammable material is allowed except for water bottles. entrance fee is more than what is for locals and around 2500-3000 sirilankan rupee. try to start your trek in early morning.
  • World's End and the mini World's End are amazing sights to visit here. But do take note that it is a long and a very difficult grade walk to those sights. Only worth visiting on a clear day and very early in the day, otherwise the clouds will rise and block the amazing views. Best to be there before 7am.
  • This site is totally worth it. For me it is not only the world's end view in the middle of the trek, but the whole trek up till, enjoying the incredible scenery and landscape, birds etc. Very nice. I would recommend once you reach little worlds end continue up the hill, enjoy view and continue into the jungle. You will reach the main path soon. Very nice unique forest landscape this whole trek.
  • Beautiful views and a good 3 hour hike. Best to start the hike in the morning as it can get pretty hot in the open fields. Do expect a lot of fellow travellers on the trail and a line at the entrance is not uncommon in the high season.
  • This is a great experience. My favourite thing so far in Sri Lanka. Honestly, I wasn’t too excited about the actual ‘world’s end’ cliff. Nothing against the cliff, it’s a fun view etc, it was just packed with people. Instead I really enjoyed the walk through the park. Don’t be put off by how busy it is when you set off as everyone soon spreads out. We went to the cliff first then the waterfall and after that could barely see anyone else. If you have small children keep them close - the paths are really rocky at times and little legs might not reach. And, obviously, keep ahold of kids near the cliff (there’s no safety rail and adults get within inches of the edge which might confuse children that it’s perfectly fine to be so close). If you aren’t average-level fit or have a disability that impacts your walking, this might turn out to be a frustration. I’d really recommend going

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