Horton Plains National Park

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Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park
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5:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Along with plenty of wildlife, a cliff known as World's End is a top attraction at this park.
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More than 3 hours
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sandinmyjandals
Muscat, Oman38 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Early morning 5am departure from our hotel as we were told that you needed to do the hike in the morning before cloud set in and disrupted the amazing view. In saying this by the time we got to the plains, our driver got tickets we probably hit the entrance at around 7.30am. The day we went the drive up to the plains was very misty, cloudy and rained, which shed some doubt on whether or not the weather would clear and we would benefit from what we were told were amazing views. Our driver who takes tourists to this park daily assured us that the weather would clear, the sun come out and by the time we reached World’s End we would have an amazing view. Well he wasn’t wrong! After we hiked, I say hike but it is a relatively easy walk, even on the ‘difficult’ route we took. Everything is signposted so basically follow the signs and you can’t go wrong. The walk to World’s End was about an hour and a half, we were lucky as it wasn’t that busy so we managed to get some great pics. You follow the signposted paths and do a loop right around the plains. Please note that this is a no plastic nature reserve so make sure all of the food you take is not in plastic, and that the plastic water bottles you take has the plastic ring seal removed from the top. At the entrance park rangers will give you paper bags to transfer food in to if required, bag checks are done and anything plastic is removed. On the day we went to be honest I’m not sure if we had arrived later that it would have impacted the view by that much, unless you want to make it for sunrise which we missed. We enjoyed getting out and about as most of our days were spent being transported from one city to another stuck in the car. So if you have time a great way to spend the morning. Most hotels which ours did will pack you a breakfast to take with you, which we ate on completion of the hike. Toilets are located right at the entrance where you buy your ticket, again at the actual entrance to the hike and a few dotted around on the hike, they are not clean by any means but if you are desperate you can make do. Try to avoid the ones on the actual hike if possible, and as always carry tissues and sanitiser.
Written May 27, 2022
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Nicholas R
Edinburgh, UK16 contributions
Jan 2020
Yes the price of entry is on the steep side , but given the staggering beauty that unfolds before your eyes , surely it has to be worth it. A basic knowledge, gleaned from the information boards ,of the birds and other wildlife you hope to see helps too.The main features at Worlds End and the waterfall are outstanding, but it is the the overall feeling of effortlessly gliding along in a unique and special landscape that seems to be a law unto itself . It is not a difficult walk, but you do have to take care in places and, please ,do not climb over the wire fence at World's End, which is there to stop a repeat of the recent tragic fall. We could not believe the idiots who ignored it.

Early in the morning is best because of the crowds rather than the temperature. Take water and wet gear. Toilets are helpfully place around the trail at strategic points-don't forget paper!!

Recommended big time.
Written February 16, 2020
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WayneB1990
Warrington, UK35 contributions
Jan 2020
We got there for 6am and did the hike to worlds end, we were first there so got to experience it to ourselves which was pretty cool but within 30 minutes the place was full and by this time it's nowhere near as cool. The views are great but to be honest we have seen better views in Sri Lanka by speaking to locals and doing free hikes. The hike is an easy one and has some nice scenary which is quite different to the rest of Sri Lanka. The price is a bit high but you are contributing to the protection of the area which can only be a good thing. Overall worth a visit if you make the effort to get there for when it opens.
Written January 19, 2020
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Jenni R
19 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
Really enjoyable hike with beautiful views. We went as a large group of mixed hiking abilities, everyone enjoyed and completed hike. The park is well kept with no rubbish on the track.

Restroom doors locks need fixing, alot of them didn't lock/shut properly.
Written December 26, 2021
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nadeesha dilum
Colombo, Sri Lanka28 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
I paid a visit with my family on 22nd February and unfortunately they have changed the closing hours. Previously it was 4 pm. Now it's 2.30 p.m. After that they don't issue tickets. So if you are planning make sure that you be by the entry gate before 2.30pm.

Later on we noticed a board showing all new amended times by the road at Boralanda junction. But the texts are too small for a passing vehicle to see. And even the heading says tickets are being issued until 04 pm. But we were there by. 3.20 pm.

Would have make a huge difference if the board and details were more prominent.
Written February 22, 2020
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nir0sh
Colombo, Sri Lanka911 contributions
Feb 2020
Hortain Plains National Park is the largest plain situated in central hills of Sri Lanka. There are two entries to this place named as Pattipola and Ohiya gates. Hortain plain gates can be easily approached by train. In addition you can drive from Nuweraeliya to Hortain Plains.
Circular trail of Hortain Plains is the main attraction and you will come across Chimney Pool, Baker's Fall, Great World's End and Small World's end along this circular trail.
It is advisable to visit the place early in the morning as mist can cover up the view of World's end.
Camping at Hortain plain is an unique experience due to chilling cold at night. There are three camp sites and you need to pre book it from Wild life department office.
Hiking Kirigalpoththa and Thotupala mountains (second and third highest of SL) are another two treks which you can do in one day.
Written May 10, 2020
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Dolly A
Dubai, United Arab Emirates103 contributions
Dec 2019
I found the small 'end of World' view much more pleasant and beautiful than the actual one. Probably it was too crowded on top.. Dont stress yourself too much if you are not able to make it to the top. View is equally if not better from the lower level
Written January 19, 2020
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Matt
27 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
We arrived around 1.30 to the fate and we had to wait 1/2hr until ticket counter person finish his lunch. He spoke very rude way to us. Ticket price is too much. Nothing to see for the overpriced ticket. Avoid this place. Not recommended at all.
Written September 18, 2020
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Damdoom81
Dubai, United Arab Emirates567 contributions
Oct 2012 • Friends
I'm only telling this story for others to watch out when deciding to do such a hike in a foreign country! Excuse me if it's long, but it's worth reading!

I was in Nuwara Eliya with 3 friends (we were 2 girls & 2 guys) for only one night .. We drove to Horton Plains by a bus that our tour driver arranged, which cost 4,500 rupees .. The ride took us 1.5 hours from the hotel, & the weather was very cold, yet we were prepared in terms of clothes, & we even had umbrellas & water .. We knew the hike is 9km long & it should take around 3 hours ..

We started the hike, enjoying the tough yet beautiful path & scenery .. We reached Little World's End & then Worlds’ End .. It was around 09:30 am when we moved towards Baker Falls, but only because it started to rain! Until that moment, things were fine for us ..

Rain was becoming heavy, we were getting so wet, we ran out of water, the path started to be filled with water & it was very slippery! There were spots where we literally had to walk through water covering half of our bodies! There was simply NO other way to walk! We no longer saw any people, any signs, nothing! We didn't know how far we were from Baker Falls or the exit, & there was no turning back, cuz we didn't know how bad the path would be there! We started to hear the falls, & there were 2 paths & no sign to guide you which is the correct one that leads to the falls! Both paths were literally between the trees! We took the first one which was wrong & we had to come back & take the second one .. Rain was very very heavy & we started to see some people coming back from the falls .. We chatted with a couple & they moved on .. We decided to skip the falls & continue towards the exit .. We could those couple we chatted with ahead of us, they were faster .. We stopped few times for 5-10 minutes, hoping for rain to stop, but it didn't .. All this time, we could see those couple stopping every now & then & looking back at us .. We passed a dam, then we reached to river! For some reason, those couple managed to cross it before it became fast & strong .. The saw us standing at the bank wondering how to cross it .. The guy advised us to cross it as a line holding on tight to each other, which was the BIGGEST mistake!!!! The river wasn't very deep, water was covering our legs only, yet it was FAST & STRONG! The moment we reached the middle, that guy asked my guy friend at the front to reached out to him with the umbrella to pull us, but my friend slipped!!!! We all did!!!! We were all literally being pulled SO fast to the dam & we were still under the water holing on to each other!!!! I won't talk about my own feelings here, cuz the feeling of drowning & knowing you might die at any moment is indescribable!!!! :"( .. God wanted us to live .. We all managed at one point to get our heads out the water & reached to the bank & hold on to bushes to pull ourselves out of the water .. 3 of us were on one side, but my boyfriend was on the other side! All this time those couple were there watching what was happening .. They went down to us asking us to go up the hill .. The guy said he'll stay with my boyfriend while the of us go & bring help .. My guy friend walked ahead of us under the rain, I was going mad fearing for my boyfriend's life! My girl friend hurt her elbow so bad but only felt it when we reached the exit, & the girl who was with us was very calm & helping us to walk to the exit .. Before reaching we saw our guy friend on the way back with 3 other men .. They were workers in the park, with NO equipment whatsoever for such emergencies! They didn't speak English very well & it was hard to explain to them what happened .. Just right before we climbed to the exit, we saw a tourist couple with a guide from the park & they were coming down the stairs to hike as if the weather was perfect for this! We were so pissed off at the irresponsible guide & yelled at them to go back cuz it was VERY dangerous! We reached to the small restaurant at the exit & that girl asked for towels to warm us up, but they hardly had anything there! She ordered tea & chocolate to bring our sugar level up & they workers there made us pay for it at the end!!!! How very nice of them!!!! Our bus driver was freaking out & called our tour driver telling him what happened .. It was very weird of him that although he knew exactly how long the hike should take, yet he didn't bother to question why we were this late or send someone to look for us! A while later, the workers that my friend took with him came back with my boyfriend, the guy who stayed with him & another 3-4 people who were also stuck with my boyfriend .. My boyfriend started going through his panic attack, yet that girl managed to calm him down .. She was simply an ANGEL that God has sent ot us with her friend .. We left the park around 2:30 pm, which was VERY late for such a hike! It kept raining the whole 1.5 hours ride back to the hotel! & our bus drive kept warning people driving on the way to Horton Plains about the condition & what happened to us ..

This is the worst experience anyone could EVER go through .. It was near death experience .. There was absolutely no attention or guidance from the park workers! They didn't inform us anything about the weather condition & the chance of rain .. We knew in advance how the weather would be in Nuwara Eliya in general, but in such a MASSIVE park there should be proper information about the weather before they even let us pay for the entrance! There were no proper signs whatsoever about the path, it was only when you reach one of those spots! & the "rescue" workers that my friend brought has NO idea what was happening or what to do .. They asked my boyfriend & the other people with him to walk further up the hill between the bushes to a spot where the river was a bit narrow & pulled them with one of the workers belt!!!!

Although I'm a fan of hiking, but this place is VERY dangerous! Simple, if it's going to rain DO NOT go!

p.s. My rating is based on the scenery NOT the experience ..
Written November 11, 2012
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KedarVirkar
Colombo9 contributions
At first I thought that the trip to Horton Plains National Park will be full of adventures. But guess I was wrong.

I got up around 7 and took my motorbike and took good ride of around 15 kms. After this the actual fun starts. I was informed that in NE if you do not go to Horton Plains its like you have not paid a visit to TAJ if you are in India. With lots of hopes I climbed the mountain by pathetic roadway full of dig holes. At the entrance you have to pay LKR 1700+13%service Tax and 10% VAT. After paying this you will get a permit to go inside.

Once you get inside, miles and miles of grass land you will get to see but if you try to sit and wait for a day you will not get to see even a single Horton. I asked my tourist guide whats wrong he told there are only 20 left and 19 mountains remaining for them so its very rare that you will get to see a Horton. I said OK, lets see the world's end point and we will make a move back. At the security check point the guards were not helpful and they do not allow even a bottle of water to be taken inside, as it might cause the pollution.

Once you start taking the forest pathway you come to know that its fully covered with muddy foot trails and the path way is 7.5 kms without a single drop of drinking water in taxing sun and humidity, it becomes very difficult to believe that its one of the best places in the country. After walking so much you just get to see a normal view of valley which you will get to see anywhere in Lanka.

To my surprise there was no tourist and only locals were there. Very true in such unfriendly and non worth destination, nobody will like to invest his day and money just to see some mountain range which you can get to see at your backyard of house.
Written July 13, 2010
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