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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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Instragrammable spots in Sri Lanka

The most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka

The most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka.

The most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka.

We think that we have three of the most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka within reach of GlenMyu Estate.

There are many more places that you can discover nearby the estate, but these listed below are our favourites.

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What other blog posts say about the most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka.

A simple Google search for Sri Lanka’s most Instagrammable places will provide you with lots of ideas and inspiration.

The Wandering Unicorns have a list of 27 places around Sri Lanka.  There are lots that you will recognise from your guide book such as Sigiriya (Lion Rock), Nine Arch Bridge Ella and Adam’s Peak.

Polkadot passport have a lost of 10 places. These include Unawatuna Beach, The Kandy to Ella Train Ride and Arugam Bay amongst others.

Like the places in other lists, all are worthy of a mention.

The most Instagrammable places close to GlenMyu Estate.

There are lots of fabulous places within reach of GlenMyu Estate.

Our guests come back and are in awe of what they have seen. They are amazed by the pictures that they have taken to record their special moments.

 

Upper Diyaluma Waterfall - the most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka.

GlenMyu Estate has an advantage from the places to stay in the tourist hot spot of Ella. We are nearer to Upper Diyaluma and this means that our guest normally beat the crowds.

In January 2024, my friends and I visited the falls early and were the only people there. We saw our first tourists as we finished our experience. 

Many of our clients have had Upper Diyaluma to themselves for at least part of the morning. Leaving earlier means that they have the rest of the day to enjoy the five acre GkenMyu Estate.

Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka

Some of the spots at Upper Diyaluma Waterfall are amazing.

A pool carved into the rock at Upper Diyaluma
Ru enjoying one of the pools

Sunrise at Lipton's Seat - the most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka.

Enjoying the sunrise at Lipton's Seat

Sometimes it’s worth getting up early.

Matt and Millie created a special memorable experience leaving early one morning to catch the sunrise at Lipton’s Seat.

I’m sure that you will agree that it was worth it.

World's End, Horton Plains National park

This 870 metre precipice provides the opportunity to take amazing photos for your Instagram account.

The most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka
Horton Plains in January 2024
Horton Plains National Park.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the beautiful photogenic sights of 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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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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Beaches on the coast of Sri Lanka.

Alexander Armstrong in Sri Lanka

Alexander Armstrong in Sri Lanka.

Alexander Armstrong in Sri Lanka. The British TV presenter, actor journeyed to the paradise isle of the Indian Ocean in a 2023 documentary.

Things to see on holiday in Sri Lanka.

IMDb provide a summary of each of the 3 episodes.

Alexander Armstrong visits the former Dutch Port of Galle, the cultural city of Kandy and also Tamil country.

Watch the trailer for the series here.

You can read a review of the programme from the Daily Mail by clicking the link here.

If you have a Sky subscription you can watch the programmes by clicking the link here.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate and experience Sri Lanka.

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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5 Ways to Unplug from Technology on Holiday

8 ways to unplug from technology on holiday

Here are 8 ways to unplug from technology on holiday which may help you having a more relaxing time during your precious time off.

We find, at GlenMyu Estate, that it’s easy to switch off and be in the moment.

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1. Let people know that you are on holiday

A great place to start is to let everyone know that you are going away before you leave for that well-earned break.

Friends and Family – Let your friends and family know that you are going away. You could send out a short email or text to those that you regularly have contact with, letting them know when you’ll be gone.

Colleagues and Coworkers –  Let your workmates know the following:
When you’re leaving.
How long you’ll be gone/when you will be back.
How to reach you in case of an emergency.

Set up an out-of-office message on your work inbox. Ensure that you  let people know when you’ll return and who to contact a in your absence.

2 Pack less technology in your luggage

Leave most of the tech at home. An easy way to use less technology is to not take it with you.

However, while going completely tech-free is a ultimate goal, it’s a bit of an unreal stretch too far.

Before you pack consider what devices you really need. Your phone is a must-have in case of an emergency. A tablet is great for watching movies on a plane or reading a book while relaxing by the pool.
That may be all you need to make the most of your vacation.

You could ditch the tablet and take your book reader only which will limit the time you can spend on tech during your vacation.

A camera may help you reduce your phone usage
Packing your camera may result in you not reaching for your phone when you want to capture a moment from your holiday.

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3. Plan out your technology use - and stick to it!

Going completely unplugged from technology is a real challenge when it is part of your everyday life.

Reading a book on your tablet, using a map to get you around and checking out restaurant reviews on your phone are all things that make your holiday easier.

Instead of trying to eliminate technology completely, set limits for how you’re going to use your devices.

Plan out how much time you’ll use technology per day, what you will use it for, and when you’ll use your devices.

You can download some apps which will help you manage your screen time

Relax at GlenMyu Estate.

4.Travel to a remote destination (better still off grid)

A great way to avoid using technology on holiday is by going somewhere with limited internet access.

There are lots of travel spots which offer plenty of things to do and see which will stimulate your mind and keep you away from technology.

Hiking in places where there is limited internet access such as Horton Plains means you can live in the moment.

Ben Fogle’s “New Lives in the Wild” visited Cliff Lodge, Haputale, Sri Lanka is an ideal place. An off grid camping experience with activities including hiking to a waterfall will provide you with that tech free experience.

5. Turn off all (or most) notifications

By turning off your phone alerts and notifications you will not have the distraction of that ping alerting you to a new email etc.

 Turn off the push notifications on your devices along with your ringer.

If there isn’t anything making you to look at your phone, you’ll be less likely to be tempted to use it.

6. Plan activities that don't involve devices and tech

Alongside planning your tech use, participating in tech free activates will mean that you won’t have time to even think about reaching for your devices.

In Sri Lanka you can hike, swim, surf, scuba, kite sail and more. There are activities that don’t involve technology.  

If you’re traveling with a group, suggest a tech-free dinner where everyone leaves their phones in the hotel bedroom.

7. Bring a notebook and pen

Taking a simple notebook and some art supplies can help keep you and the children entertained without the focus on screens.

By participating in some art activity as a family you can stimulate those creative juices and get them flowing again. How about having a drawing or painting competition? You can even give a prize for the best picture.

Starting journal for the holiday so that you can remember the good times, food that you eat and people you met.

Perhaps a scrap book is the way to go, where you can paste in mementos of the trip. Instead os sending postcards, you can glue some into your scrap book and add some photos that you have taken later to remember the places you have visited.

By starting this habit, it may become a creative routine for you and the family later on.

A writers retreat in Sri Lanka

8. Take a book or two

There is nothing like turning the leaves of a book, especially when you are engrossed in the story.

Find some books that you are interested in. Perhaps you will find some on a list of bestsellers which you can find online. Maybe you want to read the latest Booker Prize winner. 

Set yourself the task to read a target number of pages per day at a particular time to get you started. Aim to read both books before the completion of your holiday. 

Again, if you start the habit and enjoy it, you may continue this when you get back home and not pick up the screens as often.

Reading a book on holiday

Unplugging from your life for a few days is hard.

However, by following these tips, you’ll be closer to finding the peace and calm that you need on vacation.

8 ways to unplug from technology on your holiday in Sri Lanka - Summary

  1. Let everyone know.
  2. Pack less technology in your luggage.
  3. Plan out your technology use.
  4. Travel to a remote destination (better still off grid)
  5. Turn off all (or most) notifications.
  6. Plan non – tech activities.
  7. Bring a notebook and pen.
  8. Pack a book or two.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate and ....

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

We only have 3 bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

GlenMyu Estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations.

These include:
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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Tea and clouds at Lipton's Seat

Off-Grid Holiday -Cliff Lodge, Haputale, Sri Lanka

An off-grid holiday in Sri Lanka

An off-grid holiday in Sri Lanka.

The Cliff Lodge, Haputale was featured on Channel 5’s series, Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild.

The programme aired on the UK’s Channel 5 on the 6th February 2024.

What is an Off-Grid holiday

Sawdays describe an Off-Grid Holiday as “Our off-grid places to stay harness a strong commitment to the environment. They are in beautifully remote regions and encourage you to spend most of your day outdoors.

The Independent Online article “Why ‘going off-grid’ is the next big travel trend” of 15th March 2022.
It stated that “At the beginning of 2022, rentals website One Off Places spotted that their “off-grid” category had zoomed into the top 10 most-browsed sections.”.

The idea of a complete escape (no phones ringing, no emails to answer, no TV schedule to keep up with) can be extremely appealing to many people. 

About The Cliff Lodge, Haputale

The Cliff Lodge consists of four glass pods and provides an opportunity to reconnect with the wilderness, as there is no hot water, electric or gas.

The journey to Cliff Lodge passes a Mountain Range, Tea Plantations and near to the famous Lipton’s Seat. 
Lipton’s Seat was the point where Scottish Tea Baron, Sir Thomas Lipton used to sit and survey his vast tea empire in Sri Lanka.

This off-grid holiday allows you to “The Most Remote Glamping Lodge in the Mountains of Haputale, Sri Lanka”.

Read all about The Cliff Lodge by visiting their website.

We, at GlenMyu Estate have had guests that have stayed at The Cliff Lodge and have had an amazing experience.

You can contact The Cliff Lodge and see their location at their website.

February 6th 2024 - The Channel 5 Documentary with Ben Fogle

There was a lot of press about the programme. 

The Daily Mail Online has a clip and a commentary about the episode “A couple told Channel 5’s New Lives in the Wild about their move to Sri Lanka “.

The couple, Anke and Naveen, told Ben Fogle how they escaped the rat-race in London to live off-grid on top of a mountain in Sri Lanka

Memorable TV Online states that ” Ben Fogle embarks on a journey to Sri Lanka, a stunning island nestled in the Indian Ocean.”.

He meets Anke and Naveen who “he couple resides in the peaceful remains of a tea plantation, embracing an entirely off-grid existence. “.

TV Guide states that Ben discussed why the couple moved away from civilisation, the struggles they had settling into their new lives and if they mean to entirely sever their ties with the outside world

The best of both worlds

Variety is the price of life. You may want to experience a mixture of Off-Grid living and a little bit of luxury whilst on holiday in Sri Lanka. 

Perhaps a stay at The Cliff Lodge followed by some days at GlenMyu Estate will provide you with this experience.

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. These include Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

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Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Best place to stay to visit Horton Plains, Sri Lanka

Where is the best place to stay to visit Horton Plains, Sri Lanka?

Where is the best place to stay to visit Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka?

Here is why we think GlenMyu Estate is ideal for you.

So many options

Scroll through the web and you will find lots of places to stay when you visit Horton Plains National Park

What's important is" what do you really want?"

There are some places that are nearer to Horton Plains but, as of yet, the quality may not be what you require.

Nuwara Eliya does have some good quality accommodation. However you must remember that you will be at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft). It can get a bit chilly at night.

Climate Data shows the average temperature in Nuwara Eliya however in January the temperature can get as low as 0°C (32°F). 

A little bit of luxury away from the crowd

Guests tend to choose GlenMyu Estate as it is away from the larger tourist towns such as Nuwara Eliya and Ella.

It is a chance to properly relax during your busy itinerary around the island. 

As we only have three bedrooms on the five acre estate you will have plenty of space for yourselves.

GlenMyu Estate - The same time to get to the park as from Nuwara Eliya

It takes a similar time get from GlenMyu Estate to the entrance to Horton Plains as it does from Nuwara Eliya.

 

Are you heading North or South?

Perhaps if you are heading from North to South then staying in Nuwara Eliya would be convenient. However, we would recommend that you research Nuwara Eliya and decide whether you really want to stay there.

Of course there are several interesting places to visit in Nuwara Eliya. The Post Office, The Grand Hotel, Gregory Lake and  Waterfall. There are some really good tea factory tours such as Pedro Estate.

If you want to be nearer, but not in Ella, then GlenMyu Estate provides a good base. It’s a great location to visit to Horton Plains and also day trips to Ella and the sights there.

GlenMyu Estate is also only 40 minutes to 1 hours drive from the spectacular Upper Diyaluma Waterfall which is one of our favourite places. 

We can arrange a driver - and a fabulous packed breakfast.

We regularly arrange a cart or van to take you to Horton Plains National Park (and back!). 

Ru makes a fantastic packed breakfast to take with you so that you can have something to eat and drink during your hike.

We normally send to off at 6 -6.30 am in the morning so you have the best chance to see the views at World’s End and also to avoid the intensity of the sun.

The great news is that you can get back to GlenMyu Estate in the early afternoon, You can enjoy a refreshing swim. Your muscles and tired legs will be thanking you!

A delicious meal in the evening (and perhaps dessert!).

The food at GlenMyu Estate is starting to get a reputation (please read our customer reviews).

So, after expending the energy on your hike, what better way to finish your day with a delicious meal prepared by Ru and the team.

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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Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Koslanda, January 2024

Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Koslanda in January 2024.

Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Koslanda in January 2024.

A spectacular day out from GlenMyu Estate to the second tallest Sri Lankan Waterfall.

Our close friends were over from the UK and we had to show them this wonderful natural site that is only 40 minutes drive from GlenMyu Estate.

A couple of Tuk Tuks

We could have taken our car but instead we decided to hire two Tuk Tuks with drivers for the day. I had previously driven my car to the car park at the entrance to Upper Diyaluma and didn’t want to do this again.

The main reason was that I was quite nervous driving up the road which was really designed for Tuk Tuks. 

I would have a less stressful day and the drivers would be able to keep an eye on our belongings when we were in the pools.

Knowing the best route?

We regularly get Indunil to take guests by Tuk Tuk to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall and he knows the best route to take.

We consider that getting to the top of the waterfall and then descending down enjoying the pools is the best route to enjoy Upper Diyaluma. 

An early start

Like many other experiences in Sri Lanka we got up early to beat the crowds to Upper Diyaluma in January 2024.

The journey took longer that we anticipated and was just over an hour. 

The road had deteriorated with heavy rains in October and November.

There, however, was evidence that the road was being fixed.

We realised that there was an easier way up.

Our guide took us up some roughly made steep steps to the ticket booth.

It was only when we descended that we saw that there had been new smooth concrete steps all the way down to the road.

If I had known this before the start of the walk would have been so much easier on my legs!

Next time!

The hike up was not too challenging however you really need to watch your footing on some of the pathways.

When the concrete pathway ends you will be walking through some rougher tracks so you will need to be careful.

Now there are reasons to get to the top of Diyaluma Waterfall and also reasons to get there early.

The sight of the cool water after your hike is really appealing.

What will I see when I get there?

The top of upper Diyaluma is amazing.

I spent some time in the shallow pools wading around and enjoying the fresh, cool water.

What an experience at Upper Diyaluma Waterfall

I was in awe of this place and the nature it presents. 

Getting closer to nature is something that you can do in the Sri Lankan hill country. When there are few or no other people around it really is a special experience.

I wonder why this is an Instagram spot?

Well, if you want to know why Upper Diyaluma Waterfall has started to become a popular Instagram spot just have a look at this video.

What a wonderful place and experience. 

My only concern is, that with more exposure on social media, it will get very crowded.

There is something about being alone in this beautiful environment. You can really experience the true beauty of the place when you don’t hear the noise of other travellers.

What a special time!

Time for a swim at Upper Diyaluma Waterfall

I missed swimming in some of the pools at the top of the waterfall as they were a little dangerous when we were there in January. 

Sri Lanka had experienced usual heavy rainfall in October and  November which resulted in the waters being a little rough.

I decided that self preservation was more important and I waited until I found a more calm spot

Looking over the edge!

We reached the point where you can see Diyaluma Waterfall from the roadside.

I was careful and only went close to the edge but not near enough to be in danger of falling!

How much did it cost for the day trip in January 2024?

The entrance fee is minimal at LKR 350. We did our trip early and the ticket office was closed. However, given the minimal cost I would have been happy to pay the fee.

I plan to buy some extra tickets on my next trip there so that they have not lost the income.

Additional costs 

Tuk Tuk hire from Glenmyu Estate is around LKR 6,000.

Indunil will come with you on the hike and show you the best route.
He will also keep hold of your valuables when you are swimming in the pools.

The road home

On our Tuk Tuk ride on the way back to GlenMyu Estate, we were able to see the landscape and towns that we had travelled through now it was light.

Is it worth it?

Visiting Upper Diyaluma was a special experience that we highly recommend at GlenMyu Estate

It was such a great experience that I will be doing it again at different times of the year.

As we got up early we were back at GlenMyu Estate act a reasonable hour so we had time for a swim in the pool and could relax in the afternoon.

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 Upper Diyaluma Waterfall which 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, Horton Plains National Park (UNESCO), Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
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Horton Plains in January 2024

Our Horton Plains experience in January 2024

Our Horton Plains experience in January 2024.

Our Horton Plains experience in January 2024.

Find out about our fantastic hike in the montane cloud forest in the Sri Lankan Hill country.

Second time for a father, first time for a son

My oldest friend, Peter, and I had hiked the circuit at Horton Plains National Park in January 2023. On that visit Peter came on his own to Sri Lanka.

This year Peter brought his son, James, who is also my godson.

We were replay looking forward to experiencing the hike together. 

After paying and chatting to the person manning the ticket office we drove towards the car park

We saw some Sambar Deer in the distance as we enjoyed this spectacular landscape.

The start of our walk through through Horton Plains.

I call it a walk as today I didn’t want to rush around the 11 kilometre circuit.
It was my godsons first experience of hiking in this beautiful landscape and I wanted us to take our time and take in all that this special place has to offer.

My level of fitness was another element to why we should take it a little slow today.

Education put to good use.

My godson, James, had studied Geology at Exeter University in England. 

Here was an opportunity to put his studies to use and get to know a little about the pathway we were walking on.

More challenging that I expected

When we started over the section that I remember as being the harder part of the walk I was pleasantly surprised at it looked like it had been repaired.

Unfortunately, I had mistaken the part of the hike we were on. 

The more difficult part was as challenging as it always had been.

Stunning colours as you hike Horton Plains.

It is worth spending a little more time on your walk enjoying the trail.

There are some stunning colours and lines in the rock formations on this part of the route.

The birds and insects provide the soundtrack in the background as you walk.

A rough track to tackle.

We stopped for a while as there was a bit of a kerfuffle taking place nearby. 

If you listen carefully you will here the monkeys having a little disagreement about something.

James was a little ahead of us and was able to see the monkeys in the trees before they scampered off.

After the harder track of the evelen kilometre circuit, the surface got a little better and easier to navigate.

We met several other hikers who had taken the anti clockwise route. They had already reached Lesser World’s End and were eager to tell us what we were about to see.

We made it to Mini Worlds End and the other hikers were spot on.

This was the best view I have seen at Mini World’s End. The view was quite clear and we could see for quite a distance.

We took our time here to admire the view and take some photos.

Onward ho! Our January 2024 Horton Plains Experience

After a real to reenergise after the harder part of the hike, it was onward towards Greater World’s End.

We had an 870m precipice to look forward to and expected a clear view similar to that at Lesser World’s End.

Greater World’s End did not disappoint. 

We met a Sri Lankan family who had also made it there. 

The father was quite proud that he was able to show his two daughters this marvel for their first time. It was school holiday time so they were exploring the Sri Lankan Hill country, an important thing to do as a local person.

We really enjoyed the stunning tracks that take you around the circuit at Horton Plains National Park.

In the past we have raced around the track, but today we really wanted to enjoy the nature and landscape.

Spectacular landscapes and scenery at Horton Plains

As you walk on the track towards Baker’s Falls the landscape changes and there are more plants and birds to see. 

The Rhododendrons are not yet in bloom yet but there were a few flowers coming. Hopefully I will be able to do another hike a little later in the year and see these plants in full spectacular flower.

Crossing the bridge

There are interesting places that you pass and see as you walk. This times I really noticed the amount of birds and wished that I had brought along sone binoculars.

We came across a lake which looked very inviting, but we knew we would have to wait to get back to GlenMyu Estate for a swim.

Difficult signs, easy signs

There are small green signs on the route which will provide an indication of how hard or easy the section of the trail is.

Beautiful Baker's Falls

I was looking forward to getting out of the sun and reaching Baker’s Falls.

The waterfall is reached by descending some concrete stairs and which is sheltered by trees.

The temperature drops and the sounds of the water crashing down the waterfall is evident in the background.

When we reached Baker’s Falls there was a family group enjoying the cascade and taking lots of pictures.  This was one of many highlights of our Horton Plains experience.

We helped out by taking a group photo for them.

It was great experience watching local people loving their time at Baker’s Falls.

Local people loving the waterfall.

We really enjoyed the atmosphere and talking to the other travellers who were enjoying the waterfall.

I have learnt from my time on the island that Sri Lankans love fresh cool water. If there is a small pool or waterfall they want to bathe in it. 

Unfortunately, a lot of local people can’t swim and I read about lots of drownings in the press during the year.

We also visited Upper Diyaluma Waterfall in January. Although I am a good swimmer, there were pools that I would not venture into as the water power was strong and dangerous.

Feeling closer to natures power.

The sound and the power of the waterfall makes me think of nature. I know that the erosion from the strength of the water hitting the rocks means that the waterfall is alive and forever changing. 

A place for friends and family

Sharing your experience as you walk through Horton Plains is a joyous part of the being at Horton Plains.

I travelled with my oldest friend and his son, my godson. The shared experience was something that we talked about for several days afterwards. It’s a memory we will all take with u

Saying hello or good morning to fellow travellers as we hiked the trail at Horton Plains provides a sense of community.
Sharing the experience with each other, encouraging others to go on and being excited about what they are about to see is feeling I will also remember. 

So many people who were walking in the anticlockwise loop were able to tell us about the beautiful view at World’s End we were about to experience. They appeared to be excited about sharing what they saw with us. 

The walk back towards the starting point of the trail was enjoyable and our legs were looking forward to a rest.

As the sun was getting a little more intense we were also keen to get to some shade.

Before we left for a snack at the small shop we went  into the shop to pick up a few mementos of our day. It would act as a good reminder of our Horton Plains experience.

Apart from some clothing they have some interesting books about Horton Plains which tell you more about the environment and the wildlife and plants.

There are leopards in Horton Plains and James kept an eye out for them while we were leaving.

We didn’t expect to see any and our expectations were met!

Recently we received a new book about the Leopards of Horton Plains called Ghost in the Clouds by …..
The book is available at Barefoot 

Stay at GlenMyu Estate and visit Horton Plains National Park.

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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Horton Plains National Park Entry fee ticket from 16-1-2024

Horton Plains Entry Fee in January 2024

Horton Plains Entry Fee January 2024.

Horton Plains Entry Fee January 2024.

What is the entry fee to this UNESCO World Heritage site in the Sri Lankan Hill Country?

Our guests left from GlenMyu Estate around 6 a.m. so they could arrive early and hopefully get a clear view at World’s End.

There had been a lot of rain in Sri Lanka during the periods October, November and until Mid December and I was worried that it may be too wet.

However, fortunately the paths had dried out substantially. We had some drier weather from around the 12th January 2024 which must have helped the pathways recover.

The hike was a lot easier than our guests experienced in December 2023 and took our Australian guests around 4 hours.

They were very lucky and had clear views at Lesser World’s End and Greater World’s End.

It was an amazing experience seeing the view of the 870 metre precipice at World’s End.

Our guests really loved Baker’s Falls which had good flow due to the amount of rain in recent months. 

They has a wonderful experience and now that I know that the pathways are okay to hike, I will be able to recommend the walk to other guests at GlenMyu Estate.

Horton Plains Entry Fee January 2024.

We really appreciate our  Australian guests allowing us to share the entry fee ticket to Horton Plains so that other visitors are aware of the cost at 16th January 2024.

A breakdown of costs for the Horton Plains Entry Fee on 16th January 2024.

Here is the breakdown of the fees for two foreign adults for entry to Horton Plains National Park. 
The ticket is dated 16 January 2024 and is priced in Sri Lankan Rupees.
The total cost of LKR 23,257.80 is around GBP £57, Euros €66 and US$73 (currency conversion at 21/12/2023)

16,300      – Foreign Adults (Two people)
150           – JOCOV – I have no idea what this is!
3,260       – Service Charge
3,547.80   – Value Added Tax 

23,257.80 Total

Additional costs.

Our guests drove their hire car to Horton Plains so their additional costs would be their daily car hire and petrol. 

Many of our guests do not drive their own car and we normally arrange a van or car to get them to Horton Plains National Park.

Previously we arranged a van to take our guests to Horton Plains from GlenMyu Estate and the hire cost in January 2024 was LKR17,000 plus tip.

Fuel prices in Sri Lanka do change on regular basis.
Therefore there may be an increase or decrease in price when you enquire about transport to Horton Plains.

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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The path widens on our hike

Trekking Adventures in Breathtaking Landscapes

Trekking Adventures In Breathtaking Landscapes.

Trekking Adventures In Breathtaking Landscapes in the Sri Lanka.

Discover the walking trails in the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

Trekking in the breathtaking landscapes of the Sri Lankan Hill country is an unforgettable experience.

You will feel great after completing your walk through tea gardens, enjoying stunning landscapes and meeting local people on the way.

And when you leave this part of the island you can always recover at the beach.

5 Treks, hikes and walks in the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

Here are 5 treks, hikes and walks that our guests love to do when they stay at GlenMyu Estate.

There are walks for all abilities from difficult to leisurely.

1. The new kid on the block - The Pekoe Trail

The Pekoe Trail is the newest walking trail in Sri Lanka and was opened in 2023.

The trail consists of 22 stages over 300 km with the route starting in Kandy and going through Hatton, Nuwara Eliya, Haputale and Ella.

Hiking between 9km and 22 km sets a challenge for some walkers. It is worth looking at the difficulty of the hike before deciding on what stage to tackle. 

Some of the trails are a work in progress however they have all been hiked since they were opened. Our guests hired a guide to trek part of stage 12 between Haputale and Idalgashinna.

Stages 11-14 of the Pekoe Trail are within reach of GlenMyu Estate.

2. Favourites at GlenMyu Estate - Upper Diyaluma Waterfall

Upper Diyaluma Waterfall is a superb experience to visit when you stay at GlenMyu Estate.

It’s only a short hike but it can be a little challenging if you are not fit enough. 

The beauty of this hike to the top of Sri Lanka’s second tallest waterfall are the stunning pools.

It’s becoming a favourite Instagram spot when you travel around this paradise island. 

Swimming in the cool pools looking out over the stunning landscape is a special experience.

The entry fee to Upper Diyaluma is quite cheap, so it makes it a budget experience you can have on your holiday.

At GlenMyu Estate, we normally send our guests off with a guide who knows that best route around Upper Diyaluma.

As we are located just 40 minutes from the waterfall, you can beat the tourists from Ella.

Therefore, you are likely to be one of the few people enjoying the pools before the crowds arrive.

3. In equal place - Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site.

The 3,169 hectares plains at an elevation of 2,100 meters above sea level is home to a unique environment.

There is an 11 kilometre circular trekking route which passes the spectacular viewpoints of Mini World’s End and World’s End.

You will also see the beautiful Baker’s Falls. 

Marvel at the unique flora and fauna that you will see as you walk one of our favourite trails.

The entrance fee to Horton Plains National Park makes it one of the more expensive places to visit when you are on holiday in Sri Lanka.

However, we still think that it is good value for what you experience.

4. Honorable mention - Lipton's Seat, Haputale

Visiting the viewpoint where Tea Baron, Sir Thomas Lipton, surveyed his vast tea empire is another great experience. 

If you visit the viewing point at sunrise it can be a magical time. Have a look at the photos that our Australian guests Matt and Millie were able to capture. They are amazing.

You can go later in the day however, you may not get a great view as the clouds may have come in.

Trekking down from the viewpoint and seeing the ladies plucking the tea is another great sight.