Trekking the Horton Plains in Sri Lanka

An area of outstanding natural beauty and of major conservation importance, Horton Plains in Sri Lanka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a superb place to explore on foot, including the famous Worlds End escarpment.

Comprising of grasslands, evergreen forests, marshes and water systems, Horton Plains was declared a World Heritage Site in 2010 in light of its precious ecosystem and large number of endemic flora and fauna species.

Horton Plains sits at an altitude of over two kilometres above sea level and stretches over three thousand hectares. The plains can be enjoyed by visitors who take the main nine kilometre trekking route that encircles the plains and typically takes three to four hours to complete.

Worlds End in Horton Plains

A highlight of trekking the Horton Plains is visiting the famous “World End” – a sheer escarpment that falls nearly one kilometre from the plains above!

The panoramic views from Worlds End are stunning. You’ll spot the tea planation villages in the below valley and unspoilt views towards the Sri Lankan coast.

We would strongly advise trekking to Worlds End in the morning to get the best views. Past 9am the mist starts to develop which massively hamper the views, especially in the wet months of May to July.

Trek the Horton Plains during your next Sri Lanka tour

We visit and trek the Horton Plains during a number of our tours, including our Discover Sri Lankan Tour and Sri Lanka off the Beaten Track Tour. If you’re looking for a truly unique tour of Sri Lanka we can also incorporate a trek of Horton Plains and Worlds End in your very own Custom Sri Lanka Holiday!


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