Horton Plains National Park
Horton Plains, Sri Lanka
Horton Plains National Park Reviews
Horton Plains National Park Sep 07, 2011
Horton Plains is a national park on the top of a hill. There are no public transport going to the park so you will either have to go for a very long walk from the nearest town of at least 7 kilometers up hill (and back down again) - or you will need to arrange some sort of private transport. The main attraction of the park is the view which is usually best early in the day. So your best option is usually to get to the park a bit after sunrise.
When you go to the park there is a small museum which isn’t all that interesting so you are only likely to spend a short time there. The main attraction is the loop trail which most people should be able to walk in a couple of hours. I am not most people and I turned out to be significantly slower than most people because I wanted to take my time waiting for better weather conditions and taking photos.
The main sights on the trail are the two viewpoints called Little Worlds End and the main view point World Ends. The view from both of them is amazing and apparently on a clear day you should be able to see the see from here. It was a bit hazy when I went so I couldn’t see the ocean.
On the trail you’ll walk through some high land forests which got some interesting vegetation including some sort of ferns and mosses growing on the trees. The vegetation isn’t what you’ll find in any of the low land forest in Sri Lanka or in your average European forest. The special climate up here with constant temperatures all year and lots of humidity up there creates special conditions for certain plants.
On the trail you’ll find a water fall and some open grass lands which are quite nice to walk through. The main negative thing about the park is the cost of renting a transport to get there and the entrance fee of about $25 for one person and one vehicle. Compared to what you get in the park the price is a bit too high in my opinion. According to Lonely Planet you should be able to sneak into the park for free but I didn’t try this so I have no idea if this is an easy solution.
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