05
Mar-2014

Horton Plain’s National Park & World’s End

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  • Fantastic view on the way from Ella to the Park

  • Fantastic view on the way from Ella to the Park

  • World's End View

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A hike in the Horton Plains National Park is usually recommended in the tourist guides if you go in the Sri Lankan mountains (and you should!), and can be a good stop on the road between Nuwara Eliya and Ella. The purpose of hiking is to reach the World’s End, a breathtaking view of the valley. The paths are marked and many tourists and locals meet there. You do not come across animals in the park other than deers, but  you will find a beautiful waterfall on the way.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION ON THE PLAIN HORTON’S NATIONAL PARK

Get up early in the morning, if you stay in Nuwara Eliya, to reach the World’s End view before 11 am, or the fog might spoil the view. Allow enough time to get to the park entrance (at least 1:30), because you will want to stop  every 5 minutes on the road as the scenery is gorgeous! And it would be a shame not to! Moreover, these are small mountain paths, so you must drive slowly.

You can access the park with a jeep or even a van.  The park entrance is 15 USD or equivalent in rupees for tourists (30 USD if you stay during the night). Do not make the same mistake as we did, bring some food and especially water for the hike as it is 9 km and lasts 3 hours, and the way back can be under a hot sun.

is THE WORLD’S END a must?

The walk is nice, but if you do not want to find yourself amongst all the tourists for a hike, it is certainly possible to go on a free off the beaten track journey with equally stunning scenery, near Nuwara Eliya and Ella . The trip to the park from Nuwara Eliya has left us with wonderful memories, such as this one:

way from nuwara eliya to ella

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