World’s End, Horton Plains, Sri Lanka.

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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Horton Plains in January 2024

What is World’s End, Sri Lanka?

What is World's End, Sri Lanka?

What is 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 World’s End, a stunning escarpment that plunges 880m.

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 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 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 of 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 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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Explore Sri Lanka’s Hill Country

Exploring Sri Lanka's Hill Country.

Explore Sri Lanka’s Hill Country – the best places to visit whilst staying at GlenMyu Estate, Haputale, Beragala.

Guests really love staying at GlenMyu Estate and exploring the five acres of land.

A garden tour by Ru is very informative and we are amazed about how many guests love to find out more about where their food come from. 

Spending time at our Natural Spring Fed Infinity Swimming Pool, playing badminton on the lawn or board games in the lounge are some of the fun things to do. 

A free fish pedicure in the stream and if you are brave an able enough you can go on an adventure to the waterfall at the bottom of the land.

However, there are some wonderful places to explore in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country within an hours drive or so from the estate. Lots of guests like to stay outside the busy tourist town of Ella and have day trips to see Nine Arch Bridge, Ravana Waterfall or climb Little Adam’s Peak or Ella Rock.

We have listed the most popular things that our guests visit when they stay at GlenMyu Estate. They are not in any particular order however there is a reason why we have put Upper Diyaluma Waterfall and Horton Plains National Park at the top. We love visiting these places.

Please do not discard the other items lower on the list. Our guest have raved about seeing the sun rise at Lipton’s Seat. The Pekoe Trail is a new hiking route and there are only a few of our guests who have completed the stages so far.

Our Top places to explore in the Hill Country near to GlenMyu.

  • Upper Diyaluma Waterfall – the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka.
  • Horton Plains National Park (UNESCO), Lesser World’s End, Greater World’s End and Baker’s Falls.
  • Lipton’s’ Seat, Haputale.
  • Bambarakanda Waterfall – the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka.
  • Nine Arch Bridge, Ella.
  • Adisham Monastery, Haputale.
  • Stages 11,12,13,& 14 of the Pekoe Trail.
  • There are many more places to visit – we will write an extended list of places to see in the future.

Explore Sri Lanka's Hill Country: Upper Diyaluma Waterfall

One of our favourite spots close to GlenMyu Estate explore in Sri Lanka’s Hill country is Diyaluma Waterfall which is the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka.
It ranks 361st in the world and is 220m high (720 ft).

The falls are situated around 6 km from away from Koslanda in Badulla District on the Colombo Batticaloa Highway (A4).

It is a forty minute drive from GlenMyu Estate and we can arrange a Tuk Tuk and guide for you.

You can read our article about our day trip to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall with some guests from GlenMyu Estate.
We also have an article about the entry cost to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall.
Guest photos of their experience at the waterfall can be found here.

Horton Plains National Park - a UNESCO heritage site

Another favourite that we enjoy in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country is a hike around Horton Plains National Park.

You can read our article about our hike at Horton Plains in our article Hike around Horton Plains National Park.

We also have guest photos of their experience which you can look at here.

Lipton’s Seat is a place where lots of our guests enjoy and is around one hours drive from GlenMyu Estate.

Most of our guests combine a hike at Lipton’s Seat with a visit to Dambetenne Tea factory to see how the tea is processed

You can see our guest photos of their experience here.

Bambarakanda Waterfall is the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka and is less than one hours drive from GlenMyu Estate.

You can read our article about Bambarakanda Waterfall here.

Explore Sri Lanka's Hill Country near Ella.

Nine Arch Bridge is located just outside Ella Town and is one of the must see places to visit in Sri Lanka.  If you make it there when a train passes over the bridge it is really a memorable sight. 

We visited Nine Arch Bridge in early 2023 and you can read about our day trip here. 

Adisham Hall is one of the closest places to visit from GlenMyu Estate

You can read our article about our visit with our family to Adisham Hall and Monastery.

The Pekoe Trail is a 300-kilometre long distance walking trail through the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka

The 22 – stage walking trail takes you through some of the finest ecology and mountain terrain in the South of Asia. The trail begins in Kandy is routed through Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, Hatton and Ella.

The following stages are within reach of GlenMyu Estate: 
Stage 11 – Horton Plains to Udaweriya
Stage 12 – Udaweriya to Haputale
Stage 13 – Haputale to St. Catherine
Stage 14 – St. Catherine to Makulella
Stage 15 – Makulella to Ella
Stage 16 – Ella to Demodara.

Ru always says to guests that if it is your first time in Sri Lanka’s Hill country you should visit a tea estate and see how your tea is made. If you have not done a tea tour in Nuwara Eliya then we would suggest doing a tour at Dambetenne Tea Factory after visiting Lipton’s Seat.

How do I find out more about GlenMyu Estate?

If you are travelling to the Sri Lankan Hill Country and do not want to be located in a busy tourist town GlenMyu Estate may be the place for you. 

You can find out more about GlenMyu Estate on our website and also subscribe to our social media platforms so you can see some more pictures and videos of the property and land.

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Let's yell Yopp like in Horton hears a Who!

Horton hears a Who!

Horton Hears a Who! and Horton Plains - any connection?

Unfortunately I am a little older so I was the wrong generation for Sr Seuss and his book “Horton hears a Who!”. I have nieces and nephews who are keen Dr Seuss fans and I have bought his books for Christmas and Birthday present (or on demand!).

GlenMyu Estate is near to Horton Plains National Park (UNESCO) which is one of our favourite hikes. The trek is 11 kilometres long and takes in Lesser World’s End, Greater World’s End and Baker’s Falls. These three stopping points withe amazing views are the stars of the hike however, for us, the real highlights are the flora and fauna and completing the hike itself. Maybe this is a reflection of our age!

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park is high on our list of places we recommend our guest to visit. To date, we have always had guests that have been delighted with our recommendation and understand why we love it. Lots of our guests have come back to GlenMyu Estate with photos of a clearer view of landscape than we have. I remember just seeing a clearest view at Lesser World’s End on our first hike and being covered in clouds at World’s End. It is called a Montane Cloud Forest for a very good reason.

From experience, we always recommend our guests to leave early from GlenMyu Estate, to give them the best opportunity to see a view at both Lesser World’s End and Greater World’s End. Fortunately Baker’s Falls is a decent down some stair within the National Park so you will always see a great view of the beautiful waterfall. 

However, I have heard some locals saying they were disappointed that there wasn’t much water at a particular time of year. i suppose living in the country and being able to visit this wonder often makes you picky about what you see. 

For me however, I was very happy with the flow of water and the beauty before my eyes. I always look at the rocks within the waterfall and think of the constant erosion resulting in an ever-changing natural phenomena. Travellers are looking for unique experiences and little do they realise that there is constant erosion of the rocks. What they see will not be seen by another tourist as the water flow and the water path is constantly changing.

Horton Hears a Who! and Horton Plains National Park

As I didn’t know anything of substance about Dr Suess, his books and the origin of the name of Horton Plains National Park, I thought I should do some “googling’

Lets Yell Yopp

Spoiler alert! If you have not read the book and don’t want the plot revealed, please do not read on.

“Horton Hears a Who!” is a children’s book which was written by Theodor Seuss Geisel under his pen name Dr. Seuss. 

The book was published in 1954 which surprised me. I would have thought I would have come across the book being a child of the mid 1960’s.

Horton is an Elephant and the story tells his adventures of saving a tiny planet on a speck of dust called Whoville. The animals in the Jungle of Nool want to destroy Whoville and try to steal the speck of dust and burn it. 

Horton hears a voice from the speck of dust and discovers that it is the home to a tiny planet hosting a community called Whoville where the Whos live.
The Mayor of Whoville asks Horton to protect them from harm. 

This story has a strong moral message.
The Whos represent the innocent and Horton the Elephant endures mocking and harassment in order to save the planet. 

The significant phrase throughout the book is “a person is a person no matter how small”.

In order to save the planet from the unbelieving animals Horton ask the community in Whoville to make as much noise as they can.
Unfortunately the noise cannot be heard.

Eventually the Mayor carries JoJo to the top of Eiffelberg Tower and he shouts a large “Yopp” which creates enough noise for the kangaroos and the monkeys to hear the Whos. 

Although this is not based upon Sri Lanka it’s funny how there are lots of elements that could relate to this island. We have elephants, jungles and an 870 metre precipice at Horton Plains called Greater World’s End. Maybe I’m just trying to engineer a connection!

Television and a Movie as well

The book was adapted for television in 1970 (I would have been a little too young to have seen this). 

It turns out that, “Horton Hears a Who!” was also an animated movie which was released in 2008 and has Jim Carrey, Steve Carrell, Carol Burnett, Seth Rogan, Will Arnet, Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill and many other stars voicing the characters. Now I wish I’d seen the movie, but at my age, it’s probably a little too late! It scored 7/10 and 80% of the reviews were positive on Rotten Tomatoes so maybe I should have a look despite my age!

Horton Plains National Park

It turns out that Horton Plains National Park was actually named after Sir Robert Wilmot Horton (1831-1837) in honour of him being the Governor of Ceylon (the former colonial name for Sri Lanka).

Alas there is no connection between Dr Suess and Horton Plains National Park

Sadly there is no connection between the book and the national park. 

However, maybe we could generate our own connection!

Maybe we could replace the Eiffelberg Tower with Greater World’s End and tourist who know the book could yell “Yopp”, like JoJo when they are standing at the side of the 870 metre prepice to let the outside world know they are there!

Let's yell Yopp like in Horton hears a Who!

GlenMyu Estate - a day trip to Horton Plains National Park.

Lots of our guests at GlenMyu Estate leave early in the morning, with a fabulous packed breakfast prepared by Ruwanthi, to visit Horton Plains.

We are around one hour fifteen minutes drive from the entrance and it takes around three hours to complete the eleven kilometre hike. (off course it’s not a race and you can take longer if you want!)

We love the hike, and this is why it’s joint first with Upper Diyaluma Waterfall  as recommendations to our guests to experience whilst on holiday at GlenMyu Estate.

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Mike at Worlds End, Horton Plains National Park.

Photos of Horton Plains National Park

Photos of Horton Plains National Park

We love a day trip to Horton Plains National Park from GlenMyu Estate and wanted to share photos of our experience there. Our guests at GlenMyu Estate also love the experience and have also kindly shared their photos with us.

As we make other trips to hike around Horton Plains National Park and see Greater World’s End, Lesser World’s End and Baker’s Falls we will continue to update this article.

We want to thank our guests for permitting us to share their photos of their experience of Horton Plains National Park so that you can get a glimpse of what you will discover on your hike.

Mike and Ru's Photos of Horton Plains National Park

We will start with our own photos that we have taken on our hikes at Horton Plains National Park.

Quentine and Marine's Photos of Horton Plains

Ridhi and Janhavi's Photos of Horton Plains

GlenMyu Estate, Beragala, Sri Lanka.

GlenMyu Estate is around one hour fifteen minutes drive from the entrance at Horton Plains National Park.

We normally send our guests off around 6.30 a.m. with a sumptuous packed breakfast and flasks of ginger tea so that they can eat something on arrival. The remaining part of the breakfast is taken with the guests and enjoyed at either Lesser World’s End of Greater World’s End.

The drive to Horton Plains National Park is via Haputale and Ohiya. We can arrange a car and driver to take you on your trip so that you can relax and enjoy the views on your journey to the park.

What will I experience at GlenMyu Estate?

Three luxurious bedrooms with a stunning view.
Five acres to explore.
Two lounges to relax and enjoy the scenery.
Our Natural Spring Fed Infinity Swimming Pool. Delicious meals creafted by Ru.
A climate that doesn’t require any air conditioning.
We make you feel at home whilst on holiday in Sri Lanka.

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Airbnb and Booking.com. However, please contact us directly by WhatsApp for our direct booking rates.

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The Samba Deer at Horton Plains National Park.

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park

A three hour hike in the beautiful scenery of Horton Plains National Park.

Highlights include Lesser Worlds End, Worlds End and Bakers Falls.

A variety of flora, fauna and fantastic views await.

What places can I visit when I am on holiday at GlenMyu Estate, Haputale?

If you are interested in hiking and getting closer to nature, a visit to Horton Plains National Park would well be worthwhile. 

On the 11 kilometre hike you will visit Mini Worlds End, Worlds End and the beautiful Bakers Falls Waterfall. 

You will also see lots of different flora and fauna on your walk.

Horton Plains National Park.

On your holiday at GlenMyu Estate, Haputale, Sri Lanka you can take a tour to visit Horton Plains National Park. 

The park is in the Central Highlands and was designated as a National Park in 1988. It is located at an elevation of 2,100 to 2,300m and is a montane grassland and cloud forest.

It is rich in biodiversity and it hosts several species which are endemic to the region in Sri Lanka. 

Where is Horton Plains National Park located?

The park is around 8 kilometres from Ohio and is a popular tourist destination for both foreign tourists and local Sri Lankan holidaymakers.

Horton Plains National Park is located 43 kilometres from Glenmyu Estate and will take you around one and a half hours to get there. We would recommend that you get up early and arrive when the gates open and we can supply you with a takeaway breakfast that you can eat when you arrive at the park.

Horton Plains are the headwaters to three major Sri Lankan rivers including the Mahaweli, Kelani and Walawe. 

Along your hike you will see beautiful valleys, forests, wild flowers and a variety of hills and streams.

The plains’ vegetation is grasslands which re interspersed with montane forests and many endemic woody plants.

The park is host to a variety of birds which you will see and hear on your hike. There is also herds of Samba Deer roaming the park and often a large antlered deer can be seen near the entrance.

The Samba Deer at Horton Plains National Park.

What's the main Event at Horton Plains National Park?

There are three main tourist attractions at Horton Plains National Park in addition to just enjoying the hike, beautiful scenery along with the flora and fauna.

The most popular attraction is Worlds End which is a sheer precipice with an 870 metre drop.

Horton Plains National Park.
Horton Plains National Park.
Horton Plains National Park.

You will also come across Lesser Worlds End (mini Worlds End) during your hike  at Horton Plains National Park.
This has a drop of 270 metres however also has a spectacular view on a clear day. 

Get there early!

As both Worlds End and Mini Worlds End regularly get encompassed in mist which blocks the view we recommend getting there early to have a chance of getting a clear view of the drop. We have not been successful on our trips to have clear views from both so you have been warned!

And Bakers Falls

One of the most beautiful sights, the beautiful Baker’s Falls. The falls were named after Sir Samuel Baker who was a British Explorer and Big Game Hunter.

The falls are a tributary of the Belihul Oya and the falls are a height of 20 metres (66 ft). It is a spectacular sight when the water is flowing well and here is a picture that we took when we did one of our trips there.

Am I fit enough to hike at Horton Plains National Park.!

We have found that the hike around Horton Plains National Park takes around three hours. However we took our time as we are not used to hiking on a regular basis.

There are some strenuous parts of the walk so we would recommend that you take some water with you and rest often. That being said we did one leisurely hike with a friends 74 year old mother! So perhaps we are just not as fit and able as we should be!

The effort is worth it just for the magnificent views and landscapes you experience on the way.

For more information, rates and availability for GlenMyu Resort, Haputale, Sri Lanka please visit our website and contact us either by telephone, Whatsapp or by email.

Where is GlenMyu Resort Hotel and B & B located?

What's the cost?

The Entrance fee is 5,000 rupees per person.

Unfortunately they do not have credit card facilities at the Park so you have to bring cash to gain entry.

Our Guests love it there also!

Lot’s of our guests at GlenMyu Estate house to go for a hike around Horton Plains National Park.

To date we have had good feedback from the guests that have completed the trek.

We have asked our guests to provide some photos of their hike so that we can show other guests what they might expect.

Of course, we can’t guarantee that the weather will provide opportunities for the fantastic photographs they have provided – but that’s nature!

Photos from Quentin and Marine

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