The Horton Plains National Park is the only National Park situated in Sri Lankas Hill Country and falls within the Nuwara Eliya district and is 200 km. away from Colombo. Panoramic scenic beauty of the Hill Country could be witnessed within the Park. The famous “Worlds End” is a major attraction within the Park.
Horton Plains became a National Park in 1988. The undulating plateau is bounded by the country’s second and third highest mountains and is the catchment area for most of its major rivers.
Horton Plains is the only National Park in Sri Lanka in which visitors are allowed to walk. At ‘Worlds End’ the 2000 metre plateau comes to an abrupt end, plunging 700-1000 metres to the valley floor. This gentle walk takes two to four hours depending on how much time is spent identifying the impressive bird life seen along this route. It is worth starting early to avoid the crowds, the mist that drifts up the valley can often obscure the views as the day wears on. ‘Little Worlds End’ is another popular location, falling a mere 300 metres, along with Baker’s Falls.
Birds: Horton Plains is one of the top destinations for birders who visit the area to look for several of Sri Lanka’s endemics; these include the Yellow Eared Bulbul, the Ceylon Hill White Eye, Ceylon Whistling Thrush and the Ceylon Blue Magpie.
Mammals: Home to 24 species of mammals including a large sambar population, along with the purple-faced langurs, wild boar,barking deer and leopards.
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