Hiking in Sri Lanka

Hiking is a healthy pursuit on holiday.

Horton Plains National Park (World’s End) Sri Lanka

Horton Plains National Park (World's End), Sri Lanka.

Horton Plains National Park (World’s End) is one of the best experiences if you are staying near Ella, Nuwara Eliya or Haputale, Sri Lanka.

The views, the landscape, the wildlife, the flora and an exhilarating hike are reasons alone to visit this park when on holiday in Sri Lanka.

We visit Horton Plains and World's End often (and our guests love it!)

At GlenMyu Estate, we love this UNESCO World Heritage site so much that we visit several times during the year.

The changing landscape during the year makes it a place where you never get bored of visiting.

We also always feel exhilarated at the end of the hike, whatever level of fitness we have at the time.

A swim in the natural spring-fed swimming pool at GlenMyu Estate is a welcome experience when we return after our hike.

Hiking in Horton Plains National Park in January 2024

Here are some videos and photos that I took in January 2024 when my best friend and my godson accompanied me on the 11 kilometre hike.

I hope that it becomes an annual event with my friends and family.

Starting on the hike at Horton Plains

Reaching Lesser World's End

Greater World's End - a fantastic view

The Beautiful Baker's Falls

The final part of the loop

What did it cost for our hike at Horton Plains?

A hike around the amazing Horton Plains National Park is one of the more expensive experiences you can do from GlenMyu Estate.

We however think that the cost is worth it given the experience that you have and it helps support the preservation of the National Park. It also provides some much needed employment to local people.

Ticket Price/Entry Fee to Horton Plains National Park

The fees for two foreign adults for entry to Horton Plains National Park were as follows in January 2024:

The total cost of LKR 23,257.8o.

This is around
GBP £57
Euros €66
US$73

Other costs for our hike

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What do you need to take for a hike at Horton Plains National Park?

Clothing and footwear

Footwear – I would recommend wearing sandals with fastenings. (Thats what I usually wear). Otherwise you can wear training shoes or walking shoes.
Walking shoes or boots are not necessary, but if you have brought them with you, why not use them?

Jacket – a light wind or rain jacket is all you need to bring along with you to Horton Plains. It is a little chilly at the start of the hike as you will start early in the morning.
There could be a little wind or light shower during your walk. I
tend to find that I need my jacket for the first fifteen to twenty minutes and then it goes into my small backpack for the rest of the hike.

Food, drink and other things for your hike

Food and Drink – At GlenMyu Estate we send you off with a packed breakfast and you can take this on your hike and eat it at one of the sightseeing points. You will just need snacks and some water for the three hour or so hike.

There is a small shop at the entrance to Horton Plains where you can pick up some items if you need to. The selection is limited though.

Please take all you litter with you and keep the park clean

Sunscreen – Don’t get caught out by the cloud cover! As you are at an elevation of between 2,100–2,300 m (6,900–7,500 ft) the UV level can be quite high. We have had guests return a little too red in colour, despite our warning.

Loo Paper and soap – There are a some toilets on the route however they don’t supply toilet paper or soap. Take some with you so you don’t get caught short!

Camera/Mobile Phone – you will have plenty of photo opportunities for those Instagram and Social Media moments.

A small backpack – you will need something to carry the items listed above

Back to the swimming pool to soothe those muscles

One of the things that we most enjoy after the hike is t soak our muscles in the swimming pool at GlenMyu Estate.

We normally arrive back at the estate a around 3 p.m. and the water in the pool has been gently warmed by the sun.

It is really a heavenly end to a fabulous day.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

See sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more.

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Elephants in Sri Lanka

Top 10 places to visit in 2024

Ryan Shirley, includes Sri Lanka in his Top 10 places to visit in 2024.

US YouTuber and seasoned traveller, Ryan Shirley, recommends Sri Lanka amongst his Top 10 Places to Visit in 2024.

He says that it is one of the places he most wants to visit this year.

Who is Ryan Shirley?

According to his YouTube Bio, Ryan “Started making magic and science videos, now 8 years later I’m moving towards travel cinematography”.

He has an amazing 735k subscribers and 178 videos as at June 2024. 

Sri Lanka is a lush island country

Ryan says that Sri Lanka is a “lush island country” located off the southern tip of India.

The island is small in size but it packs a large punch with the variety of experiences that you can have whilst on holiday.

An incredible coastline

Sri Lanka has an incredible coastline.

The variation of the beaches as you travel around the island is amazing.

Whether surfing, scuba diving, sailing, swimming, seeing turtles or just getting a tan, it offers everything you would want.

Top 10 places to visit in 2024 -Going on Safari in Sri Lanka

There are lots of opportunities to enjoy seeing animals on safari when on holiday in Sri Lanka.

Many of our guests at GlenMyu Estate, either visit Yala or Undawalawe National Parks to see the wildlife before or after staying with us. 

Some guests have been on safari near to the Lion Rock at Minneriya or Kaudulla National Parks. 

There are other safaris that you can take around the country also such as Wilpattu or birdwatching in Kumana National Park, Bundala national Park or Sinharaja Rain Forest amongst others.

Visiting the Lion Rock

One place that is a reasons for Sri Lanka being on Ryan’s top 10 places to visit in 2024 is the Lion Rock.

Sigiriya, the Lion Rock has an incredible story and is an amazing place to visit.

The rock is one of the images that you will see on most of the tourist guides. 

Climbing the rock early in the morning and reading about the history of the Kings 5th century palace makes this a unique place to visit.

Things to see on holiday in Sri Lanka.

Train journeys and a beautiful bridge

One of the incredible experiences is a train journey through the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside. 

Many of our guests at GlenMyu Estate take the train from Kandy to Haputale. 

They do a day trip to Ella and visit Nine Arch Bridge along with other sights including Little Adams Peak, Ravanna Waterfall and much more.

Ryan says that Sri Lanka is an underrated country. That must be a reason to visit the island and make up your own mind. It is why it is on his list of top 10 places to visit in 2024

Watch Ryan Shirley’s travel guide to see what he says about Sri Lanka for yourself. 

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

See sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more.

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Beaches on the coast of Sri Lanka.

5 reasons to visit Sri lanka in 2024

5 reasons to visit Sri Lanka in 2024.

5 reasons to visit Sri Lanka in 2024.

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit a paradise island before too many holidaymakers find it!

Here are our 5 reasons to visit Sri Lanka in 2024 on holiday.

There are so many reasons to holiday in Sri Lanka in 2024.

We list below our 5 reasons on why you should not delay and  visit in 2024.

1. Come to Sri Lanka now before it gets too busy

You must have read about some tourist spots around the globe restricting visitors.

Some places like the canary Islands have seen protests against the rise in tourism from local residents.

Sri Lanka is encouraging tourism right now and the government has ambitious plans to increase numbers from 1.5 million to 2.3 million in 2024

By 2030 the target is an ambitious 5 million tourists!

The island is idyllic now, but as the number of tourists increases, the shine will dull in the future as tourist spots get too busy.

An amazing experience that many of our guests have when they holiday at GlenMyu Estate is visiting Upper Diyaluma Waterfall.

The second highest waterfall in the country is becoming more discovered as the road access has improved in recent year.

It’s fast becoming an Instagram must.

We have has so many guests that have left GlenMyu Estate to visit Upper Diyaluma before breakfast and have had an amazing experience.

As we are only 40 minutes from the waterfall, our guests have managed to beat other tourists there and sometimes have had the place all to themselves.

When they return to GlenMu Estate for a late breakfast, they are energised from the unique early morning experience that they have had.

2. Getting a train ticket is difficult now, it will be more challenging in the future

One of the great experiences that you will have as you travel around this paradise island is to take a train journey through a beautiful landscape.

Lost of our guests at GlenMyu Estate arrive at Haputale Station from Kandy and are wowed by what they see on the train journey.

Even in 2023, some guests have found it a challenge in getting train tickets. Can you imagine how difficult it will be as tourist numbers increase?

It would be great if Sri Lankan Railways put on additional service to cope with increasing demand. However, this will be difficult as the tracks are limited on the capacity they can handle.

3. A less crowded beach

There are so many beaches around the coast of the island that you would think that there would always be places where you didn’t have to fight for a spot on the sand.

What tends to happen in Sri Lanka is that as a “new beach” is discovered, people flock there and lots of development follows to cash in.

As time passes there will be less places to discover and that ideal image of an uncluttered beach will dissipate.

So, we say ‘come now” before the beaches get too busy.

4. Go East before it gets found

The east and north coasts of the island are becoming a more popular destination to visit as this part has gradually opened up since the ending of the civil war some 15 years ago.

The best time to visit is between April and September as the coasts are generally monsoon free. 

As most of Europe is in the Mediterranean during their summer vacation, there are opportunities to spend time at less crowded beaches.

5. Be one of the pioneers to walk the Pekoe Trail

The Pekoe Trail is a new, 22 stage, 300km walking trail around Sri Lanka.

It only opened in late 2023.

The new experience in Sri Lanka has already won awards and is being recognised.

‘Best Wider World Tourism Project’ at the British Guild of Travel Writers International Tourism Awards (ITA)

National Geographic’s  ‘Best of the World’ List for 2024

As more tourist travelling to Sri Lanka become more aware of the Pekoe Trail the number of hikers on the walk will rise.

If you want to hike the Pekoe Trail with less of a crowd, we would recommend that you visit Sri Lanka in 2024 or soon after. 

Several of our guest at GlenMyu Estate have already hiked stages 12 and stages 13 of the Pekoe Trail.

Located a short drive from Haputale, GlenMyu Estate is a convenient place  to stay within reach of several stages of the Pekoe Trail.

Our 5 reasons to holiday in Sri Lanka in 2024

  1. Beat the increase in tourist numbers.
  2. Enjoy a beautiful train journey.
  3. Experience a less crowded beach.
  4. Discover the East before it develops as a main tourist destination.
  5. Be one of the first to walk the Pekoe Trail

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Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

See sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more.

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Nine Arch train bridge Sri Lanka

Holidays to Sri Lanka from the UK

Holidays to Sri Lanka from the UK.

Holidays to Sri Lanka from the UK.

  • How do I get there?
  • What should I see?
  • When is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka has always been a popular destination from the UK

Travellers from the UK have been visiting Sri Lanka on holiday for many years. This former British Colony (Ceylon) is a comfortable entry into South East Asia. 

Driving is on the same side of the road. English is widely spoken and there are familiar sights of the colonial past. 

It’s a great place to escape a bleak UK winter. You can get some beach time, culture and see some amazing nature.

Prior to moving to Sri Lanka and starting GlenMyu Estate, we travelled to Sri Lanka on holiday for many years.

As a Sri Lankan/Britsh couple we have experience of travelling and exploring the island.
We have also picked up more information about parts of the island that we have yet to visit from our guests.

How do I get to Sri Lanka from the UK?

Sri Lankan Airlines operates direct flights from the UK to Colombo’s Bandaranaike airport. 

The journey time is 10 hours and 45 minutes from London to Colombo.

We think that the major benefit of flying direct is that the flights leave at a sociable hour and arrive at a sensible time.  

There are lots of other carriers who stop over on the way to Colombo.

We often travel by Emirates and break the journey by spending a few hours in Dubai airport.
I like to stretch my legs even if it is getting off one plane and getting on another!

The flight duration is normally 7 hours 25 minutes followed by 4 hours twenty minutes.
This brings your journey time to a minimum of 13 hours and 5 minutes  (layover 1 hour 20 minutes).

The issue we find is that the flight departure times are not ideal.  You end up getting on a flight at 3 am. I can feel jet lagged for longer because of the unsociable hours.

We have flown by Qatar many year ago and found the service to be great.

Friends have travelled by BA via Mumbai to get to Sri Lanka,

Turkish Airlines started flying to Sri Lanka last year and many others have followed.

Quality, time and budget will influence what flight you opt for.

Quality of the service. your budget and the amount of time you are willing to accept to travel are all factors to consider.

We normally travel by Emirates because of the quality of service. Also, sometimes deals are better than Sri Lankan.
However, we may opt for Sri Lankan next time to get the journey over with as quickly as possible.

You can search for deals which will reduce the price of your plane ticket. But this will eat into the time you spend on holiday exploring the island.

What should I see?

Well, this really depends upon what you want to get out of your holiday.

Reading a travel guide to Sri Lanka will show you a vast array of experiences you can have on this small island. It really packs a big punch for its’ size!

If it’s your first time in Sri Lanka then I would recommend getting an overall experience of the country dipping into what is on offer.

Most visitors do a circular route (clockwise or anti clockwise) around the island.

This allows you to start on a beach (we recommend Negombo as it is not too far from the airport). You can then visit the Cultural Triangle, the Tea Country. The final section of your holiday can be a safari and then recuperation at one of the beaches on the south coast.

Some start at the beaches on the South and see the sights in an anti clockwise direction.

When is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

Most visitors from the Northern Hemisphere escape the winter and visit during the peak season from December to April.

The South and West coasts of the island are monsoon free and the beaches in the south are great for sunbathing or surfing.

There is a party atmosphere in lots of the beach resorts and it’s great to get colour during the winter time.

What about a summer holiday?

The North and East coasts are the places to visit during the UK summer months.

This part of the country is only starting to be discovered. This side of the country has started to be developed as a tourist destination following the ending of the civil war some fifteen years ago.

The beaches are stunning and have a different character from those in the south of the island.

The Sri Lankan hill country is a good place to visit most of the year. You can see tea plantations, take  a train journey and and visit the tourist town of Ella at most times if the year.

We really enjoyed staying at Maalu Maalu Hotel in Pasikuda.

It you are looking to stay at an idyllic beach setting and in the comfort of a good quality hotel we can recommend a stay there.

The beach bar at Maalu Maalu

GlenMyu Estate and the Sri Lankan hill country

Since Ella has developed into a tourist hotspot over the last fifteen years, the Sri Lankan hill country has been a must see place on your visit to the island.

Many guests reach here by the famous train journey through the beautiful tea country from Kandy.

There are many places to see in and around Ella such as Nine Arch Bridge, Little Adams Peak and Ravanna Waterfall.

Travellers tend to stay with us at GlenMyu Estate as they want to get off the beaten track and don’t want to stay in a busy tourist town, 

Most of our guests do a day trip to Ella from GlenMyu Estate. They also do day trips to hike parts of the new Pekoe Trail, Horton Plains, Lipton’s Seat or see Diyaluma and Bambarakanda Waterfalls,

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

Stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Sri Lanka's Popularity is surging with travellers

Sri Lanka’s Popularity with Travellers is Surging

Sri Lanka's popularity with travellers is surging

Sri Lanka’s popularity with travellers is surging according to Forbes article in May 2024.

Why are tourists choosing Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka has seen a surge in visitors year on year and it is forecast to continue.

Forbes state that “the country has seen tourism revenue increase by 122% in January 2024”.

They go on to report that “The reasons why aren’t hard to deduce”.

“Sri Lanka is a world-in-one island of palm-fringed beaches, rice paddies and lily ponds, ancient cities, lush rainforests, tea estates and generous, welcoming people”.

Where do they recommend that you visit on the Island?

Forbes’ article mentions the following places in their itinerary ideas and highlights.

Sigiriya – The ancient rock temple is a favourite place to visit when on holiday in Sri Lanka. The structure is iconic and there is a great story behind the former Kings’ palace. 

Dambulla – a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the best-preserved cave temples in Asia. 

Anuradhapura – This ancient capital of the Island, is a city which was it’s most vibrant from the 4th century BC to the 11th century AD. A tour of the temples in this city is an enlightening activity when on holiday there.

Kandy – Another capital of an ancient kingdom, Kandy is famed for the Temple of the Tooth and it’s Botantical Gardens. A walk around the lake is also a pleasant think to do in Sri Lanka’s central highlands

Sri Lanka's popularity with travellers is surging in the Tea Hills

Head for the Ceylon Tea Hills – Lots of our guests at GlenMyu Estate arrive from Kandy by train. The picturesque scenery you will see on the way is said to make this one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. 

There are lots of opportunities to visit tea estates and walk through tea gardens. A tea factory tour explains how your favourite drink is made.

Galle – This historic Dutch Port is a stunning city with interesting architecture. A walking tour of the city is the best way to get to understand this historic and beautiful place.

Balapitiya – Forbes mention Balapitiya which I’m embarrassed to say that I wasn’t aware of! It’s now on my post of places in Sri Lanka to visit.

They describe Balapitiya as “a peaceful oasis near a traditional coastal fishing village featuring golden soft beaches and the endless Indian Ocean”.

It sounds intriguing. Of course there are a variety of beaches on the South Coast of the Island which all have a different feel to them. So there are plenty of beaches to see and visit.

Sri Lanka's popularity is excepted to continue to rise, so holiday now!

The Sri Lankan government have ambitious targets for visitor numbers. 

We would recommend that you come and visit this wonderful island sooner than later!

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

See sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more.

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The Beautiful Baker's Falls

What is Baker’s Falls, Sri Lanka

What is Baker's Falls', Sri Lanka?

What is Baker’s Falls, Sri Lanka?

Where is it?
How do I get there?
What do I need?
What is the cost?
Where should I stay?
Is it worth seeing it?

Many of our guests who stay with us at GlenMyu Estate, love their hike around Horton Plains National Park and visiting the beautiful Baker’s Falls.

We answer your questions about this experience in the Sri Lankan hill country.

A spectacular waterfall in Horton Plains National Park

The Horton Plains plateau is home to Baker’s Falls which was named after the Samuel Baker who discovered Nuwara Eliya.

Horton Plains National Park offers a stunning landscape to admire. It provides an opportunity to take photos of you admiring the beautiful cascade is something to be added to your Instagram account.

You access Baker’s Falls on the 11 kilometre circular hike around Horton Plains National Park. 

It is a welcome spot to rest before carrying on your walk in this unique environment in Sri Lanka.

Baker's Falls

Where is Baker's Falls, Sri Lanka?

Horton Plains National Park is situated in the Central Province of Sri Lanka of Nuwara Eliya District

Please see the location on the map.

You reach Baker’s Falls during part of the 11 kilometre circular hike around this montane cloud forest.

The other main stopping places on the hike are Lesser World’s End and Greater World’s End.

How do I get to Baker's Falls, Sri Lanka?

You can access Horton Plans National Park by one of two gates, either Pattipola or Ohiya.

The Pattipola entrance is from the Nuwara Eliya side.

You can enter the Ohiya gate when travelling from Haputale or Ella.

It takes around one hour  or so to reach to park entrance if you are travelling from Nuwara Eliya or Haputale.

What will I need for my hike?

We would recommend that you bring the following items:

  1. Suitable footwear (walking shoes, sandals with a good grip or training shoes.
  2. A lightweight windproof jacket (you will probably need this for part of the hike).
  3. A hat and suncream (you are at a high elevation and the UV can be high)
  4. Some water to drink
  5. Some tissue paper (there are two toilets on the hike)
  6. Some snacks (We send you off with a pack breakfast from GlenMyu Estate)
  7. A smal rucksack to take your possessions.
  8. A phone/camera  (there will be plenty of Instagram opportunities).
  9. Binoculars (there is plenty of birds and other wildlife to spot)
  10. Walking poles (not essential as most of the walk is relatively easy).

What is the cost?

There are different prices for local and foreign tourists.

We visited Horton Plains in January 2024 and the total cost for two foreign tourists was LKR 24,000 (circa US$80/Euro €74).

Although this is one of the more expensive things to do in Sri Lanka, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and we still believe that it gives good value. 

You will also be supporting local people that are employed at Horton Plains along with protecting this unique environment.

The hike around Horton Plains National Park is reasonably well marked and does not require you to use a hiking app to help you navigate.

However, it’s worth viewing the route on one of the hiking Apps to see what it entails.

Please click on the following  All Trails Hiking link to see the trail.

Where should I stay when visiting World's End?

There is some accommodation close to the park which is cheap and basic.

Better quality accommodation is expected to be built in the future, however there are lots of options of good quality places to stay in and around Nuwara Eliya and Haputale.

Lots of our guests at GlenMyu Estate do a day trip to the park.
GlenMyu Estate is a luxury bed and breakfast located near to Haputale.

Our guests love being able to swim in the natural spring-fed swimming pool after their hike and enjoy the food and drink we serve.

Is Baker's Falls, Sri Lanka worth seeing?

We certainly think that it is.

Despite the high entrance fee compared to other experiences in Sri Lanka, visiting Horton Plains and Baker’s Falls, is something that we recommend to all our guests. 

Apart from a little disappointment on not getting a clear view at World’s End on a cloudy day, everyone love the outing. 

The sense of achievement felt by our guests as they return and the appreciation of a dip in our swimming pool to ease their muscles iw worth it.

Beautiful water flow at Baker's Falls

We love it at Horton Plains National Park!

Horton Plains National Park is one of our favourite places to visit from GlenMyu Estate.

We have been lucky to get near views from World’s End (t’s not guaranteed!).

However, we have always found Baker’s Falls to be stunning, whatever the water flow.

The exhilaration that you feel when you complete the hike is the icing on the cake. 

We do feel very lucky to live close to the park and have the ability to visit it often seeing how it changes during the year. 

The hike always appears to provide something new for us. We see wildlife that we have not seen before and the water flow at Baker’s Falls changes every time we see it.

We love chatting to other walkers that we meet on the trail. Many find it more challenging than others but they all are mesmerised by what they have seen. 

I also really enjoy seeing the large groups of local Sri Lankans, who are normally starting the hike as we are finishing. The sharing of the experience with friends and family is really heart-warming. 

I am amazed to see fathers carrying their children on the 11 kilometre hike. Grandparents are included and walk at their own pace. They mainly hike in flip flops which provides me with feeling of admiration of their ability and concern that they are not wearing suitable footwear.

Our guests also love Baker's Falls and the Horton Plains Hike

Our guests feel fabulous when they return to the luxury of GlenMyu Estate after their adventure at Horton Plains National Park. 

The sense of achievement is plain to see. Although the hike is not too difficult, there are places which are a challenge if you do not walk or hike regularly.

Walking at an elevation of 2,100–2,300 m (6,900–7,500 ft) above sea level, then you do feel that you have had a bit of a workout.

Most guests are surprised about what they see in terms of flora and fauna on their hike. It’s such a different landscape from what they have experienced around the island at the beaches or in the historical and cultural sights.

Horton Plains National Park.
Lesser World's End, Horton Plains National Park
Horton Plains in January 2024

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like World’s End at Horton Plains National Park.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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A New Year's resolution - to swim every day.

How to relax

How to relax.

How to relax.

Reading relaxation tips recommended by Mind Organisation.

I was not surprised to see many tips that relate to GlenMyu Estate.

We find that our guests really need some downtime on their holiday. It can be quite tiring rushing around the country visiting the tourist spots in the heat.

As they leave ready for their next adventure, we can see that they are relaxed and energised for the next part of their trip around this paradise island.

What were the tips on how to relax in Mind Organistaions' article?

The tips were as follows:

  • Take a break
  • Try active relaxation
  • Focus on your breathing
  • Get creative
  • Spend time in nature
  • Picture yourself somewhere serene
  • Listen to music
  • Do a tech check

What is Mind Organisation?

Mind Organisation say that “We’re Mind. We’re here to fight for mental health. For support, for respect, for you”.

They are an organisation that aims to get support and respect for people experiencing a mental health problem. 

What tips on how to relax relate to GlenMyu Estate?

As GlenMyu Estate has evolved over the last two years since opening, we have found that our guests naturally do several of the items on the list whilst they are on holiday here. 

Taking a Break

Clearly being on holiday, guests are taking a break from their normal everyday lives.

However, we also find that many of our guests take a break from their travel and exploration of the island when they are here.

Often, they decide to chill out at the five acre estate rather than packing too much in on their holiday.

As the Sri Lankan hill country has a temperature more akin to a UK summer, some find it a relief to get away from stifling heat.

Many of our guests say that that they get their best nights sleep at GlenMyu Estate on their holiday. We do not use air-conditioning at the property as it is not required as it does not get too hot.

Active relaxation - what's that?

Active relaxation is gentle exercise such as walling (at your own pace), classes such as Yoga, Pilates or gentle stretching.

At GlenMyu Estate for guest enjoy walking around the garden.

The property is on a slope and therefore you automatically do some gentle exercise by climbing up the pathways and stairs. I often find myself creating a little heavier due to the slope.

Getting creative

GlenMyu Estate is an environment which inspires creativity. We have had several guests bring their sketchbooks or paints with them to spend time on their art.

Picking up the camera to take some photos and videos.

Getting creative
A writers retreat in Sri Lanka

Some authors have stayed at the estate and worked on their books without the detraction of home.

It delights us that we have created an environment that guests can relax and get creative.

Spending time in nature

At GlenMyu Estate we have tried to work with nature and plant species that enhance and repair the biodiversity that was wiped from the land.

Historically the estate was part of a larger tea plantation and subsequently used to grow sugar cane. After being abandoned for many year it was full of Guinea Grass, fast growing cattle fodder. This took all the light and nutrients in the soil from other plants.

After years of replacing the Guinea Grass with endemic species and planting to develop a food forest for animals and humans GlenMyu Estate was open to guests. 

Ducklings at GlenMyu Estate.
Showing our guests around GlenMyu Estate on the garden tour.

Our guest love the garden tour and seeing what we fruits, vegetables,and spices are grown. 

For some, it is a revelation on where their food comes from and the work entailed to get to onto their plate.

There is also plenty of wildlife to see, whether it is the animals and birds that are regular visitors or the residents on the land.

Picture yourself somewhere serene

There is no need to picture yourself, because you are there in the moment.

GlenMyu Estate is a beautiful environment reflecting the nature that surrounds us. 

Listen to music

We find natures music to be the soundtrack that we listen to at GlenMyu Estate.

Whether it its the streams full of water blocking out unwanted noises.

Or the birds that let you know that it’s time to get up in the morning or that they are off to bed.

Natuure’s soundtrack helps you to relax.

Do a tech check

Although we do have free Wifi at GlenMyu Estate, we are always delighted on how little our guests spend on their devices.

We also do not have televisions at the estate. Who needs to watch poor quality programming anyway. Netflix will be waiting for you when you get home!

This allows you to live in the moment, reduce stress and really enjoy your holiday.

Relax on Holiday at GlenMyu Estate

We love it when our guests are truly relaxed after their stay at GlenMyu Estate.

It is really important for you to make sure you allocate some downtime during your vacation.  Hopefully you will visit GlenMyu Estate and switch off in this environment delivered by nature.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate and immerse yourself in the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Stunning pool at the top of Upper Diyaluma

Our 3 Favourite Places in Sri Lanka

Our 3 Favourite Places in Sri Lanka

Our 3 favourite places in Sri Lanka

Having lived in the Sri Lankan Hill country for the past six years, it’s an easy choice to pick our favourite 3 places.

Of course GlenMyu Estate would automatically be number one, however here are our favourite places to visit in the Sri Lankan hills.

You may be surprised that Ella, Nine Arch Bridge and Little Adam’s Peak don’t make our list.

They are a little too touristy for us!

Our guests tend to agree

When guests ask for recommendations on what to do and see when they stay at GlenMyu Estate, we are always happy to help.

It’s amazing how many things that you can do when staying in the Sri Lankan Hill Country. 

The opening of the Pekoe Trail in 2023 added a new dimension to what we typically would recommend. 

There are several sections of the trail within reach of GlenMyu Estate and we have already had several guests complete stages 12 and 13 of the Pekoe Trail.

Our 3 favourite places to visit in Sri Lanka.

Here are our three favourite places to visit in Sri Lanka when staying at GlenMyu Estate.

1. Diyaluma Waterfall and Upper Diyaluma Waterfall.

Diyaluma Waterfall is the second tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Bambarakanda Waterfall is the highest and is also within reach of GlenMyu Estate.

It’s number one on our list for many reasons. Embarrassingly, we were a little late finding out about this amazing place. It was only when some German guests invited us to accompany them that we discovered this gem.

What and where?

The second tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka is a spectacular sight, especially when there is good water flow.

Here is a video of Diyaluma Waterfall from the roadside that was taken in January 2024.

Diyaluma Waterfall and Upper Diyaluma Pools are around 45 minutes drive from GlenMyu Estate.

The main waterfall is located on the A4 road between Koslanda and Wellawaya.

Diyaluma Waterfall can be viewed from the main A4 road between Beragala and Wellawaya.

There is a small road that takes you to the start of the twenty minute hike to visit Upper Diyaluma Waterfall and pools.

 

The advantage of staying at GlenMyu Estate

There is a good reason to stay at GlenMyu Estate if you want to visit Upper Diyaluma Waterfall.

We are only a 45 minute drive from the waterfall.

If you don’t like crowds and are willing to get up early, then you are more likely to have a unique experience.

The crowds from Ella and Haputale are further from the falls and therefore if you get there early you may have this amazing environment all to yourself.

In January 2024, my best friend and my godson went early to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall and we were the only people there.

We saw our first tourist arrive as we finished our hike and dip in the pools.

2. Horton Plains National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is our second favourite place to visit in Sri Lanka.

This National Park is located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. It was designated as a National Park in 1988.

The park is at an elevation of 2,100–2,300 m (6,900–7,500 ft). It covers an area of  31.6 km² (3,169 hectares).

It’s unique landscape on the island consists of ecosystems such as Montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem.

3 places to stop and catch you breath (and take those Instagram pics!)

Horton Plains National Park has three main stopping points on the 111 kilometre circular hike. 

The first is Lesser World;s End which has a cliff with a 270 metre drop,

Secondly is Greater World’s End which has an impressive 870 metre precipice.

The third spot to rest is in front of the beautiful Baker’s Falls waterfall. This waterfall is named after the founder of Nuwara Eliya.

Flora and Fauna

Another highlight of Horton Plains is the flora and fauna you will see there.

Horton Plains’ vegetation is grasslands interspersed with montane forest. It includes many endemic woody plants.

And there are lots of different fauna to see (if you are lucky!).

Sambar Deer is the most commonly seen faunal species in the park. You can normally see them on the plains as you enter the park. There may even be a large male who hangs around by the car park.

Other fauna include the Montane Toque Macaque, the Slender Loris, the Long Clawed Shrew. The park is also home to twelve species of endemic birds.

And even some Leopards!

It is unusual to spot a leopard in Horton Plains National Park.

However, we did have guests from  Austria that saw one as they left the park in March 2024.

Ghost of the Clouded Plains is a book which was published in 2023 documenting the leopards there. 

It is Photographer/Naturalist Sankha Wanniatchi’s first book venture and captures over 8 years of intense study on the Leopard of Horton Plains.

You can see more details of the book at the following link to Barefoot Ceylon.

3. Lipton's Seat, Haputale

We first visited Lipton’s Seat many years ago before we were living in the country.

Unfortunately, we didn’t really appreciate the beauty of the viewing place of Sir Edward Lipton at the time.

We made the mistake of getting to the top of Lipton’s Seat too late on in the day and we didn’t get a good view of the landscape.

Our Australian guests set us right

In November 2023 our Australian guests, Matt and Millie left GlenMyu Estate early in the morning to catch the sunrise at Lipton’s Seat,

November is not the best month to sight see in the Hill country as there is a bit of rain before the drier peak seasons of Late December to April,

How wrong we were!

Matt and Millie really set us right about Lipton’s Seat. 

Look at the amazing experience they had watching the sunrise. We were bowled over.

Hike in a beautiful landscape in Sri Lanka

Walking through the tea plantation

One of the joys about visiting Lipton’s Seat is walking down through the manicured lines of tea bushes.

You may even get an opportunity to capture one of the tea pluckers in action.

And a tea factory tour

Matt and Millie finished of the experience by doing a Tea Factory tour at Dambetenne Tea Factory.

The tea factory offers regulars tours which will provide you with the knowledge of where you tea comes from and how it is processed.

Our top 3 favourite places in Sri Lanka - Summary

  1. Diyaluma and Upper Diyaluma
  2. Horton Plains National Park.
  3. Lipton’s Seat

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to visit the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Diyaluma Waterfall, Horton Plains and Litpon’s Seat.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town,  Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Horton Plains Hike entry cost

Horton Plains Entry Fee 2024

Horton Plains Entry Fee 2024.

Horton Plains Entry Fee 2024.

How much does it cost to visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Horton Plains National Park?

This amazing experience in the Sri Lankan Hill Country is one of the more expensive outings to do while on holiday on the island.

However we think for the experience that you get, it is still worth it. 

All of our guests at GlenMyu Estate return from their hike raving about what they saw and did in this beautiful landscape. 

Horton Plains in January 2024

 Clearly, prices can change and we will update this article during the year as we are told by our guests about any increases.

Horton Plains National Park - an amazing hike in a beautiful landscape

UNESCO Heritage Site, Horton Plains National Park, is a favourite day trip from GlenMyu Estate, Beragala, Haputale, Sri Lanka.

We find that our guests love the feeling of completing the 11 kilometre circular hike.

Highlights are the main stopping points on the walk; Lesser World’s End, Greater World’s End and Baker’s Falls.


The abundant flora and fauna that you will see is also another important part of your hike through this Montane Cloud Forest.

What are the entry costs to Horton Plains?

The entry ticket for Horton Plains National Park is dated 16th January 2024.

The total cost for two foreign adults including the service charge and VAT is LKR 23,258.

This is around US$80, Euro €74 and GBP Sterling £63.

Although this is one of the more expensive experiences in Sri Lanka, still think it is good value overall. 

in addition, you will be helping to preserve an important natural wonder and also help support local employment.

Copy of the ticket provides the breakdown of the costs.

Baker’s Falls waterfall and the views from Greater and Lesser World’s End are some of the highlights of the hike.

Our guests have kindly provided some photos of there experience at Horton Plains to share with you.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate and visit Horton Plains

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Things to see on holiday in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is among Holidify’s “best countries for tourism”.

Sri Lanka is among Holidify's Best Countries for tourism

Sri Lanka is among Holidify’s Best Countries for tourism in the World.

It’s number 6 on their list of 79 countries.

Things to see on holiday in Sri Lanka.

Holidify - a one stop solution for travel planning needs

According to the Holiday website, the company is a one stop solution to all your travel planning needs.

They attempt to collect all the information that you will ever need to plan your trip.

Additionally, they solve the number of questions travellers have before making a trip – from when, where and how. They also find the hidden gems in every destination, 

Why do Holidify rank Sri Lanka as number 6 on their list?

They say that the island is known for its:

Spectacular beaches
Thousand-year-old Buddhist temples
Abundance of wildlife
Rich archaeological history.

Furthermore they mention

The plethora of water sports
Breathtaking sunsets
Sprawling tea gardens
Mouth-watering Sri Lankan food

They say that the best time to visit is between December to April.

Sri Lanka is also good to visit outside the main tourist season

We believe that Sri Lanka is also a great place to visit from June to September.  

The East and North coasts are monsoon free and you can also visit the Sri Lankan Hill country.

We expect to see more visitors finding Sri Lanka as a place to holiday throughout the year.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Things to see on holiday in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka ranks 5th among the‘World’s Best Countries to Visit in Your Lifetime’ 2024

The 'World's Best Countries to Visit in Your Lifetime'

Sri Lanka ranks 5th among the ‘World’s Best Countries to Visit in Your Lifetime’ according to CEO magazine in 2024.

At GlenMyu Estate, we were delighted to see that the Sri Lankan hill country was highlighted as a place to experience.

“The hill country of Sri Lanka offers a wide range of experiences for travellers of all kinds.  Whether it’s Ayurveda treatment, unforgettable train rides, or visiting a tea plantation”.

Things to see on holiday in Sri Lanka.

Located near the busy tourist town of Ella

GlenMyu Estate is located within one hours drive of the busy tourist town of Ella. 

Many of our guests want to stay in a less touristy location which is within reach of the wonderful sights in Sri Lanka. 

Guests regularly do a day trip to Ella to visit Nine Arch Bridge, take a short train journey. They climb Little Adam’s peak and visit Ravana Waterfall.

Hiking around Horton Plains, or visiting Lipton’s Seat Experiencing the beauty at Upper Diyaluma Waterfall are a few of the many things to do nearby.

What is CEO Magazine?

CEO Magazine describes themselves as a source of information, inspiration and motivation for the world’s most successful leaders, executives, investors and entrepreneurs.

 

What did CEO Magazine say about Sri Lanka?

Apart from visiting the hill country they stated that “The country is rich in culture and traditions. The Poya ritual being the most significant one celebrated at Buddhist temples”.

They also mentioned the food and National Parks “Sri Lankan breakfast, dine under the stars, and stay overnight in one of the country’s National Park”

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Lesser World's End, Horton Plains National Park

What is Lesser World’s End, Sri lanka

What is Lesser World's End, Sri Lanka?

What is Lesser World’s End, Sri Lanka?

Where is it? How do I get there? What do I need?
What is the cost? Where should I stay? Is it worth seeing it?

So many of our guests at GlenMyu Estate love their hike around Horton Plains National Park and visiting World’s End.

We answer your questions.

A spectacular viewing point in Horton Plains National Park

The Horton Plains plateau comes to a sudden end at Lesser World’s End, a stunning escarpment that plunges 270 m (886 ft). This stunning cliff is also known as Little World’s End.

It offers a stunning landscape to admire and photos of you sitting by the precipice is something to be added to your Instagram account.

You access World’s End on the 11 kilometre circular hike around Horton Plains National Park. 

It is a welcome spot to rest before carrying on your walk in this unique environment in Sri Lanka.

Mike at Worlds End, Horton Plains National Park.

Where is Lesser World's End, Sri Lanka?

Horton Plains National Park is situated in the Central Province of Sri Lanka of Nuwara Eliya District. 

Please see the location on the map.

You get to World’s End during part of the 11 kilometre circular hike around this montane cloud forest.

The other main stopping places on the hike Lesser World’s End and Baker’s Falla.

How do I get to Lesser World's End, Sri Lanka?

There are two entries to Horton Plans National Park named as Pattipola and Ohiya gates.

The Pattipola entrance is from the Nuwara Eliya side.

You can enter the Ohiya gate when travelling from Haputale or Ella.

It takes around one hour  to reach to park entrance if you are travelling from Nuwara Eliya or Haputale.