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Horton Plains

N 647.842', E 8048.13'
2012-02-01
Our rating: 7.80
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Horton Plains is a steppe at an altitude of more than 2 km. We started our trip from Nuwara Eliya at 5 am, as nature looks amazing here early in the morning. Note that by 10 am there will be mist on the plains. Of course it's cold in the morning, so be sure to get dressed. The plan is the following: you come by car to the local museum and buy tickets on your way. The ecotrail starts from the museum.

Morning landscape on Horton Plains
Morning landscape on Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak


Morning dew on Horton Plains
Morning dew on Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak


Morning dew on Horton Plains
Morning dew on Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak

The length of the ecotrail is about 10 km. We went clockwise and passed it in 4 hours. In some places the path was quite difficult.

Horton Plains map
Horton Plains map Yuriy Buriak


Difficult trail on Horton Plains
Difficult trail on Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak

There are animals on the plains, even predators. But they keep the distance, so binoculars would be useful here. On the trail you will see two viewing platforms - Small and Big Wolrd's End. In these places, the rocks break off vertically for 330 and 1,20 meters!

View from the World's End
View from the World's End Yuriy Buriak


View from the World's End
View from the World's End Yuriy Buriak


View from the World's End
View from the World's End Yuriy Buriak


View from the World's End
View from the World's End Yuriy Buriak


View from the World's End
View from the World's End Yuriy Buriak


View from Horton Plains
View from Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak


View from Horton Plains
View from Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak

Near the river you can go down to the Baker Falls waterfall. It looks very picturesque, but the descent is not much easy.

Baker Falls
Baker Falls Yuriy Buriak

There's a lot of different interesting plants and flowers on the plains, we made pictures almost every minute.

Horton Plains
Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak


Plants on Horton Plains
Plants on Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak


Plants on Horton Plains
Plants on Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak


Flowers on Horton Plains
Flowers on Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak


Flowers on Horton Plains
Flowers on Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak


Flowers on Horton Plains
Flowers on Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak


Flowers on Horton Plains
Flowers on Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak


Ecotrail on Horton Plains
Ecotrail on Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak


Eco toilet on Horton Plains
Eco toilet on Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak


Horton Plains
Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak


Horton Plains
Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak


Horton Plains
Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak


Horton Plains
Horton Plains Yuriy Buriak


Suddenly, a deer
Suddenly, a deer Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: You can get there by taxi from the Ohiya train station in 40 minutes (~$10). The station is located on the road from Haputale, the trip from there will take 1.5 hours (~$20). From Nuwara Eliya also 1.5 hours (~$20). The entrance fee is about $12-15.

Tags, Sri Lanka: ecological trail, height, observation deck

Tags, all countries: ecological trail, height, observation deck
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