Horton Plains

Horton Plains National Park, nestled in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, is a protected area adorned with montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau, situated at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 meters (6,900–7,500 feet), boasts rich biodiversity, with many species endemic to the region. Recognized for its ecological significance, Horton Plains was designated a national park in 1988 and forms part of the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2010.

A popular tourist destination, Horton Plains entices visitors with its iconic attraction, World’s End. This sheer precipice, offering a breathtaking view, sits at the southern boundary of the park, with a staggering 870-meter (2,854-foot) drop. Nearby lies the Lesser World’s End, a cliff standing at 270 meters (886 feet). The park is accessible via the Nuwara Eliya-Ambewela-Pattipola and Haputale-Boralanda roads, with railway stations located at Ohiya and Ambewela.

Baker’s Falls, another notable feature within the park, is a picturesque waterfall formed by Belihul Oya, a tributary of the Walawe River. Named after Sir Samuel Baker, an explorer, and hunter, the falls cascade gracefully from a height of 20 meters (66 feet), adding to the park’s natural allure. With its stunning landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, and captivating viewpoints, Horton Plains National Park offers visitors an unforgettable experience amidst Sri Lanka’s pristine wilderness.