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Horton Plains National Park

The highest plateau in Sri Lanka is 32km2 in size and is made up of highland forest and wet grassland. The plateau is located between 2000 and 2100 meters above sea level. The park’s most renowned and breathtaking feature is the World’s End, a 1200m straight vertical plunge that is mostly shrouded in mist.

Nearly 700 plant species have been identified, with 27 of them being indigenous to Sri Lanka. The habitats of indigenous birds, animals, butterflies, reptiles, and fish may be found in Horton Plains National Park. Samber is a regular sight at twilight and early in the morning. Leopards live in the park but are rarely seen.

Horton Plains was recognized as a wildlife sanctuary in 1969, a national park in 1988, and a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in 2010.

Horton Plains has been the site of the discovery of prehistoric stone tools dating back 14000 years. Researchers have also uncovered food particles such as barley, oats, and other cereal pollen dating back four millennia, as well as indications of forest removal and grazing.

Almost all significant rivers in Sri Lanka flow through this area, making it the country’s most important catchment basin.

Horton Plains is the only national park on the island that can explore by foot. The whole length of the track is around 14 kilometers.

Additional information

Nearby Attractions

The most popular nearby attraction

  • Nuwara Eliya Town (26km)


Accommodation (within 10km)

  • Star Classified hotels- Yes
  • International Chain Hotels- No
  • Boutique Hotels- Yes
  • Resorts- No
  • Ayurvedic Hotels- No
  • Inns/Guest Houses- Yes
  • Hostels- Yes
  • Homestays- Yes
  • Eco Hotels- Yes

* You might still find preferred accommodation in nearby cities.


Distance from (estimate)

  • CMB Airport- 176km (travel time: 5hrs 20min)
  • Colombo City- 179km (travel time: 5hrs 30min)
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress- 205km (travel time: 6hrs)
  • Anuradhapura Ancient City- 253km (travel time: 6hrs 40min)
  • Polonnaruwa Ancient City- 209km (travel time: 5hrs 15min)
  • Kandy City- 120km (travel time: 3hrs 50min)
  • Galle Dutch Fort- 89km (travel time: 2hrs 40min)

* The time and distance are only given to give you an idea. There are stopovers between the two locations. The cities listed above are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

Best Time


  • January to April

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