Chimney Pool, Horton Plains

Trip to Horton Plains, World’s End and Baker’s Falls, Nuwaraeliya

The Horton Plains is a beautiful highland plateau 2200 m above sea level, with some excellent hikes in the high mountains. Sri Lanka’s second and third highest peaks, Kirigalpotta (2,395m) and Thotupola Kanda (2,357m), are located here and three major rivers, Mahawali, Kelani and Walawe originate from Horton Plains.

Hoton Plains CC flickr image by nazly
Hoton Plains Walking trail to World’s End [CC flickr image by nazly}

Walk around: In this National Park visitors are permitted to wall on their own. From the main entrance you walk upto “Y” junction, and turn right and walk 4kms to reach Worlds End. If you continue walking in the same trail, you will Baker’s fall and continues back to the entrance. The round trip is 9.5kms, and it takes about three hours at leisurely pace.

World’s End: The plateau comes to a sudden end at World’s End, an escarpment that falls for nearly a kilometer, bringing forth glorious views all around from the edge of the Horton Plains.

Fauna and Flora: Most significant feature of the fauna and flora of Horton Plains is its high endemicity. The grassy plains, which are interspersed with patches of evergreen montane cloud forests, are home to Leopards, Sambur deer, Bear-monkeys and a rich array of birds, including number of endemic species.

How to get there: Horton Plains is 28 km south of Nuwara Eliya, one of the most famous tourist destinations of the island. There is easy access from the other major townships in the central hills, such as Bandarawela, Haputale and Hakgala. the Nearest Railway stations are Ohiya and Pattipola, on the Badulla Railway line.

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Entry Permits: Entry permits can be obtained from the two park entrances, located on the two main access roads from Ohiya and Pattipola. Bungalows can be reserved at the Head Office of the Department of Wildlife Conservation at Battaramulla, in Colombo.

The knarled trees, the dark red Rhododendran, found only at Horton Plains flick image by environmentlanka
The knarled trees, the dark red Rhododendran, found only at Horton Plains flick image by environmentlanka

  • David
    November 28, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Great place to visit.

  • Fandy Vocd'onepeacealiasKatuyung
    November 28, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I would love to see,too:-)

  • Ann Graham
    November 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Nice pictures. Love to visit.

  • Kent
    December 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm

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  • Tourist attractions in Sri Lanka - cultural heritage, beaches, wildlife & hill country | Trip to Sri Lanka
    March 19, 2012 at 5:09 am

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  • Achala
    June 8, 2012 at 6:15 am

    We want to stay 1 night on Hortain planes.( not in tents). Could you pl help me to get information about lodging on Planes. Thank you very much.

    • admin
      June 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Due to conservation issues Department of Wild Life conservation do not provide hotels or rest houses inside Horotn Plains park, except camping sites. Please check with Head Office of the Department of Wildlife Conservation
      Address: 811A, Jayanthipura Road, Battaramulla. Contact telephone number 011-2888585

    • deen
      December 19, 2012 at 8:16 am

      Misty Mountain Lodge Ohiya

  • husssaid73
    August 28, 2012 at 4:36 am

    What are the Hotels around Horton Plaines?

    • admin
      August 28, 2012 at 4:38 am

      You can stay in a Hotel in Nuwara Eliya (eg. Jetwing St Andrews is a good eco-tourism hotel) and travel to Horton Planes. Many hotels can advice on how to travel to Horton Planes and they can arrange a vehicle for you.

    • deen
      December 19, 2012 at 8:16 am

      Misty Mountain Lodge Ohiya

  • Protect our Heritages
    September 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    You can reach here from Nuwaraeliya.

  • Ruvani Dananjata
    April 17, 2014 at 6:12 am

    One of the few places where you can actually walk into the forest, rather than going on a vehicle.

    Great views, walks..

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    June 15, 2014 at 3:29 pm

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  • Kasro Turai
    August 11, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Will there be any bus services from railway station to the destination?…

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