Nuwara Eliya

Hike along the Horton Plains to World’s End

Deep within the wilderness of the Horton Plains National Park, in the heart of Sri Lanka, you’ll find a sheer cliff face that has earned the dramatic title of “the World’s End”. The cliff face is one of the most popular places to visit in the par and in the greater Nuwara Eliya area in general. A hike through the park to reach the World’s End can be an eventful experience that’s sure to leave you with some lasting memories.

the Horton Plains National Park is where you’ll find the source of three of Sri Lanka’s major rivers – the Mahaweli, Kalani and Walawe. These waterways serve as the basis for a thriving ecosystem that is rich in biodiversity. Many different varieties of endemic fauna call the Horton Plain home and you’re sure to run into some of them on your way to the World’s End. One of the most common sightings in the plains are roving Sri Lankan sambar deer. The park supports large populations of these gentle herbivores and they serve as an ample food source for the resident top predator – the Sri Lankan leopard. The park is also home to a number of rare and endemic bird varieties whose melodic chorus fills the air every single dawn. One of the world’s most endangered primates -a subspecies of the red slender loris – is found only here and the surrounding highlands.

One of the key attractions you shouldn’t miss out on when hiking along the Horton Plains is Baker’s Fall. This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls you’ll find anywhere on the island and will make for some great photo opportunities when you come upon it.

Then, of course, there’s the cliffside itself. When you finally reach it, you’ll be treated to an unprecedented view of the plains and mountains that lie beyond, sometimes blanketed in thick fog and low hanging clouds. The drop itself is over 1200 metres and it can be quite exhilarating to peer into this seemingly endless abyss.