The Pekoe Trail

Stages of the Pekoe Trail

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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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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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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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.

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 to see what it entails.

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

Where should I stay when visiting Lesser World's End?

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

We expect better quality accommodation 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.

Many 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.

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

Is World's End, Sri Lanka worth seeing?

We certainly think that it is.

Despite the high entrance fee compared to other experiences in Sri Lanka, it 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. 

There is a sense of achievement as our guests return and an appreciation of a dip in our swimming pool to ease their muscles.

Resting on the hike through Horton Plains National Park.

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!).

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.

I love chatting to other walkers that we meet on the trail. Some 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 World's End 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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Australians Holidaying in Sri Lanka

Australians holidaying in Sri Lanka

Australians Holidaying in Sri Lanka.

Why go? Is it safe? What will I see there?

Here’s why Australians are finding Sri Lanka again.

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At GlenMyu Estate we have seen an increase in Australian visitors staying with his in the Sri Lankan hill country.

They love it here! Their experience as they travel around the country is hitting there right nites.

Why are Australian finding Sri Lanka again?

In 2022 escape.com.au stated “For years, this exotic location was a place that travellers avoided. Now this up-and-coming — and affordable — destination is emerging as a new Aussie favourite”.

They highlight the history and culture, the nature and beaches the island has to offer visitors.

Of course, there is so much more got explore.

You can read their article by clicking on the following link.

Australians escaping the winter

luxurytravelmag.com.au say in their May 2024 article “The Asian country Australians are choosing for their 2024 winter holiday”, that “Sri Lanka is attracting droves of sun-seeking Australians this winter”.

Australian Google searches for Sri Lanka skyrocketed by 400 per cent in 2023.

Read the full article at the following link.

Our Australian guests at Lipton's Seat

Matt and Millie stayed at GlenMyu Estate in November 2023.

Despite the weather not being as kind as we would hope they created wonderful memories of their time in Sri Lanka.

Even we were amazed at the photos that they took at Lipton’s Seat during sunrise.

Enjoying the sunrise at Lipton's Seat
Lipton's Seat
Lipton's Seat Photos
Practice friluftsliv in Sri Lanka.

They enjoyed walking through the spectacular tea estate before visiting Dambetenne Tea Factory. 

When they arrived back at GlenMyu Estate they were welcomed by one of our sumptuous breakfasts.

It was such a great experience for them that we now recommend it as one of the great things to do from GlenMyu Estate (if you are willing to get up early!).

Our Australian guests also visited Upper Diyaluma Waterfall

Matt and Millie visited Upper Diyaluma Waterfall before they arrived at GlenMyu Estate, so they really made great use of their time in Sri Lanka.

It also meant that they were able to relax at GlenMyu Estate and make full use of the swimming pool and the five acres of land.

They loved the garden tour and the Sri Lankan cooking demonstration.

Our guests Matt and Millie enjoying Upper DIiyaluma Waterfall
Sitting in the pools at Upper Diyaluma Waterfall

We know that Australians love good food

At GlenMyu Estate we know that Australians are used to a really great food offering.

We aim to provide all our guests a taste of Sri Lanka with dishes that they recognise.
As the ingredients are so fresh we know that we have the basics right. Ru (and her mother and the team at GlenMyu Estate love the feeeback on the meals that are served to our guests).

Our plant based Sri Lankan sharing platter really is a hit with our guests. We offer a free informal Sri Lankan cooking demonstration for the dishes in the sharing platter. 

We are always delighted when our guests send us pictures of their efforts recreating the dish at home.

Is it safe to travel to Sri Lanka?

Clearly we would recommend that you read the advise from your countries government advice page. smartraveller.gov.au is the link from the Department of Foreign Affairs website.

Information is regularly updated on there.

Recently Australian were recommended to exercise a high degree of caution during upcoming elections.

We of course hope that the elections will pass by peacefully.

What will I see in Sri Lanka

There is a very long list!

Beaches, culture, history, diversity, nature, hiking, surfing and so much more.

You will probably do the normal circular trip around the island to Kandy and the cultural triangle. Then visit the tea estates of the central highlands. Watch a train go over a a bridge near Ella (honesty its worth it). Do a safari and then hang out on the beach or in the water.

On each visit to Sri Lanka you can delve deeper and see more of what this wonderful island has to offer.

Things to see on holiday in Sri Lanka.

Is it easy to get to Sri Lanka from Australia?

Sri Lankan airlines have a direct flight from Melbourne to Colombo.

Several of our guests at GlenMyu Estate have used this route and found it convenient to get.

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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German Tourists in Sri Lanka

German Tourists in Sri Lanka.

German Tourists in Sri Lanka.

What our German guests say about their stay at GlenMyu Estate when on holiday in Sri Lanka.

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Here are some Booking.com reviews from our German guests.

10 Punkte reichen eigentlich nicht, es müssten mehr sein! Es ist eine moderne, neue, liebevolle und sehr kleine (3 Zimmer) Anlage, die direkt von den beiden Chefs betreut sind. Alle sind so nett, der Ausblick ist atemberaubend, die Lage abseits und ruhig. 

Melanie January 2024

Es gibt tolles, originales, selbst gemachtes Frühstück mit regionalen Lebensmitteln und auf Wunsch auch geniales Abendessen. Ihr müsst unbedingt auch mit der Mutter von Ruthi kochen, es ist ein tolles Erlebnis und man erfährt so viel. 

Der Pool und der Garten ist auch genial. Die Tiere sind mein persönliches Highlight, sie sind so lieb und süß! Die Gastgeber haben sich auch immer rührend gekümmert, ob mit Tee oder TukTuk, es war nie aufdringlich.

Rimma – March 2024

Ein zauberhafter Ort mit super lieben Menschen, leckerem Essen, atemraubendem Blick aus dem Zimmer und Lobby, Wasserfall auf dem Gelände… Einzigartig. Sehr besonders. Danke.

Bereits bei unserer Ankunft wurden wir sehr herzlich von unseren Gastgebern Michael und Ruwanthi und ihren zehn Hunden empfangen. Als Willkommensgruß gab es einen selbst gemachten wunderbar schmeckenden Fruchtsaft. Der Zugang in dieses moderne Haus war atemberaubend, denn er öffnete einen Blick ins Tal, wo man im Hintergrund einen Nationalpark sieht. Die Zimmer sind sehr ansprechend und zweckmäßig eingerichtet, hier hat man von jeder Stelle diesen wunderbaren Blick in die Ferne. 

Elisabeth – January 2024

The garden and the swimming pool

Nachdem wir an den Weihnachtstagen vor Ort waren, hatten die Gastgeber auch das Interieur sehr ansprechend gestaltet. Ruwanthi ist eine unglaublich gute Köchin, die auch Einblicke in ihre Kochkunst gewährt. Es werden vorwiegend selbst angebaute Produkte aus ihrem Garten zum Kochen verwendet. Michael ist sehr hilfsbereit, was die Möglichkeit von Ausflügen in der umliegenden Gegend betrifft.
Nachdem der Pool mit Naturwasser aus einer Quelle gespeist wird, war er etwas kühl zum Schwimmen. Dafür liegt er aber wunderbar eingebettet im Grundstück, mit Fernblick.

Our German guests that visited in 2023

Daniella – May 2023

Ruwanthi und Michael sind sehr herzliche Gastgeber, gehen auf alle persönliche Bedürfnisse eine und versuchen jedem Gast einen wundervollen Aufenthalt zu gestalten. Sie helfen bei der Organisation von Erkundungstouren und es wird täglich frisch mit überwiegend selbst angebauten Lebensmitteln gekocht. Ein wahrer Traumaufenthalt – sehr zu empfehlen.

We had the pleasure of staying at the GlenMyu and the experience was nothing short of extraordinary. The view over the landscape from my room was simply astonishing, offering a breathtaking panorama that made every moment special. The homemade food served was a delightful surprise – and with homemade I mean also ingrediance/fruits from the own garden. The culinary creations were not only delicious but also reflected a genuine passion for providing guests with a memorable experience. 

Phillipp – November 2023

The owners and the team were incredibly welcoming and warmhearted, creating an atmosphere that felt like a home away from home. Their personal touch added a unique charm to the stay, making it more than just a typical hotel visit. It was superbly clean, creating a hygienic and comfortable environment. 

Location and overall stay

The location of the hotel was ideal for those seeking adventure and exploration. With a tea factory visit, mesmerizing waterfalls, and the famous train ride from Haputale to Ella or Nanuoya nearby, there was always something exciting to do in the area. 

Overall, our stay was a delightful experience, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty, culinary excellence, and warm hospitality. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a memorable and rejuvenating getaway.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A 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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Our Horton Plains Special Offer

Horton Plains Special Offer

Horton Plains Special Offer- it's back!

Our Horton Plains Special Offer

Our Horton Plains National Park Special Offer

If you manage to get a clear view at World’s End you will be amazed at the view from the 870 metre precipice.

Horton Plains in January 2024
Horton Plains Sambar Deer

There are lots of flora and fauna to enjoy as you hike the 11 kilometre circuit. 

There are lots of Sambar Deer that roam the plains. Here is a male, which was sitting near the car park, who is enjoying a meal in the long grass.

Hiking through this wondrous environment makes you feel great. You will have a great sense of achievement when you finings your hike.

An active holiday in Sri Lanka

We love Horton Plains so much that we regularly visit the National Park with friends and family.

Here is a short video of one of our experiences.

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 experience 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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The Swimming Pool at GlenMyu Estate

The swimming pool is fabulous at this time of year

The swimming pool is fabulous at this time of year.

The swimming pool at GlenMyu Estate is fabulous at this time of year.

As there is more sun warming the water in early April the temperature is really appealing.

Our guests at GlenMyu Estate love it. Some prefer our pool than the warmer bath-like pools at the coast.

Surrounded by nature, and away from the crowds of Ella, GlenMyu Estate is a great alternative option providing a little bit of luxury on your holiday in Sri Lanka.

Wishing reach of so many places and things to do in the hill country most of our guests want to come back again.

What's so great about it?

There are so many things that we love about the natural spring-fed infinity swimming pool at GlenMyu Estate.

Soaking up the morning sun at the swimming pool

The refreshing temperature.

A place to exercise and to relax. 

Soaking up the morning sun

Listening to the birds sing

Appreciating the beautiful scenery and landscape

Spending time with friends and family

Swimming by myself

An evening swim watching the changing colours in the sky

Swim as the sun goes down
Swimming in unique places

Reading a book on holiday

Drawing the natural landscape

The temperature

We really don’t enjoy swimming in a pool that is too warm. It just feels like we are swimming in a bath!

The temperature in the morning is quite cool, however, it’s a great way to start the day. If you are sleepy at all, a morning swim will wake you up!

In the late afternoon, around 4.30 p.m. the sun has gently warmed the water in the swimming pool.

It’s still a little fresh but very comfortable and a great way to the end the day

Swim in Fresh Water at GlenMyu Estate

Many of our guests do a hike when they stay at GlenMyu Estate. 

There are a lot of great places to explore, all within an hours drive.

One of the best things about our swimming pool is that you can swim after your hike to ease those leg muscles. Our guests love it!

What we love....

What hikes do we love to do the most at GlenMyu Estate?

We have a few favourites and there are several that we need to experience.

Horton Plains National Park (UNESCO)

A hike around the 11 kilometre circuit at Horton Plains National is one of our favourites. 

The entrance fee is a little pricey for Sri Lanka, however the National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

It is well managed and a lot of local people are employed to keep the park well maintained.

Waking in Horton Plains
Horton Plains in January 2024

Upper Diyaluma Waterfall

A dip in the pools after the twenty minute hike to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall is another of our favourite things to do.

This is a less expensive outing and we love it there.

You get the benefits of both a short hike and a swim in the natural pools. 

Swimming at the beautiful pools of Upper Diyaluma Waterfall

It's so new that it's on the todo list!

The Pekoe Trail 

This new hike only opened in 2023 and therefore it is on our todo list. 

The trail consists of 22 stages of a 300 kilometre walk starting in Kandy and going through Hatton, Nuwara Eliya, Haputale and Ella.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate and swim in the Sri Lanka hill country.

A 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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What Visa will I need?

UK updates travel advisory for Sri Lanka

The UK updates travel advisory for Sri Lanka in April 2024.

UK updates travel advisory to Sri Lanka

Good news for Sri Lanka.

The UK updated its travel advisory for Sri Lanka in April 2024.

The revised advice should result in even more Brits holidaying in the paradise island.

What Visa will I need?
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600,000 tourists for the 3 months since January 2024

Sri Lanka’s tourist numbers have already increased hugely, when compared to last year.

This news from the UK Travel Advisory is likely add to the number of holidaymakers coming from the United Kingdom.

You can see the monthly tourist arrivals and the comparisons at the Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority website.

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UK updates travel advisory to Sri Lanka

The news of the revised travel advice to Sri Lanka was reported in the press in Sri Lanka.

You can read the articles by clicking the links.

The UK travel advice for Sri Lanka