About Horton Plains

South of Nuwara-Eliya, Having been protected as a nature reserve from December 1969 this park was upgraded as a National Park in March 1988. The park covers an area of 3,160 hectares of montane grassland fringed and interspersed with patches of dense montane cloud forests. This park and the adjoining peak wilderness from the most important catchment area for almost all the major rivers in the country. Three major rivers including the longest, Mahaweli (330kms), Kelani and Walawe originate from the within the park itself. The Horton Plains is hauntingly desolate, windswept plateau set at an elevation of over 2,000m. A world apart from the rest of Sri-Lanka, the plains offer excellent trekking, including a 9km circular walk to World’s End, where the cliff plunges dramatically for nearly 1,000m, offering marvelous views to the south and the picturesque Baker’s falls. A dawn start is advisable as the cloud often roll in by mid-morning. Herds of Sambar deer, beautiful lizard and many endemic bird species such as Ceylon Hill White Eye, Ceylon Wood Pigeon, Ceylon Warbler, Kashmir Red-breasted Flycatcher, enhance the Horton Plains experience and there is always the hope of a glimpse of a leopard.