Horton Plains: Hill Country Trip

Horton Plains National Park is a lot different from the rest of Sri Lanka we had seen so far. It’s at an altitude of 2100-2300m and has grasslands and cloud forest. For those of you who have spent time in Australia’s high plains in Kosicuszko, at times it was eerily familiar – especially after driving through the gum tree forests around Nuwara Eliya to get there!

The main attractions are the cliffs at World’s End and mini World’s End and Baker’s Falls. World’s end has a 880m drop, with stunning views down to the coast. The 10km round trip was a relatively easy walk – it would have been easier if we hadn’t been cursing our Adam’s Peak legs.

As usual for the high country, the wasn’t a single straight section of road – and the trip down from Hortons Plains to Ohiya took the prize for the tightest hairpins of the trip.

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