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,

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