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Horton Plains

Cold and breezy destination in Sri Lanka, Horton Plains boasts of an array of ecosystems that has made it a popular tourist spot. Sprawling over 3,169 hectares, the place is full of evergreen forests, swampy lands, acres of rough grassland and aquatic ecosystem. A climb till 2,100 meters above sea level, will introduce you to a huge number of endemic flora and fauna species. Horton Plains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 30th July 2010, is a popular tourist attraction; that is surely not to be missed.

History of Horton Plains Thomas Farr in the early 19th century discovered the picturesque plains in Sri Lanka. It was named after Sir Robert Wilmot Horton, who served as the Governor of Ceylon between 1831-1837. Horton Plains became a nature reserve in 1969, and in 1988, it was declared a National Park.

Wildlife in Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains is the home of Sambar Deer. Other animals found here are Wild Boar, Toque Monkey, Strip-necked Mongoose, Bear Monkey and the Long-tailed Giant Squirrel Fishing cat among many others. Bird population includes Sri Lanka bush warbler, yellow-eared bulbul, Whistling Thrush, Spur and jungle fowl Kashmir Flycatcher and Pied Bushchat.

Things to Do in Horton Plains

Walk Till the World’s End

Footwork of 4 km will take you to the stunning escarpment that is known as the World’s End. Located between Horton Plains and Nuwara Eliya, the drop here is about 4000 feet and hence offers spellbinding natural beauty. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka and is also surrounded by a smaller cliff (Mini World’s End) of 1000 feet drop.

Visit the Horton Plains National Park

Various tour packages take you to the undulating plateaus of Horton Plains to traverse in the wild grasslands and thick forest patches. You will also come across the rocky outcrops, scintillating waterfalls and lakes surrounded with deep mist. The flora diversity matches perfectly with the wild residents like Sambar Deer, Bear Monkey, Mongoose, Giant Squirrel Wild Boar and Toque Monkey. Birdwatchers can spot Sri Lanka whistling thrush, yellow-eared bulbul, Wood Pigeon, Spot-winged Thrush, Scaly Thrush Dull-blue Flycatcher and many other known and unknown avifaunas.

Hiking in the Plains

The beautiful place offers some excellent hikes and climbs that can be done in Sri Lanka’s tallest mountains like Kirigalpotta (2395m) and Totapola (2357m).

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