Amidst the cooling mist and the glittering dew drops on grass, the hike through Horton Plains is simply breathtaking. Though visitors complain of the price being a little too high, serious explorers leave the park completely satisfied. Unlike other national parks in Sri Lanka where a jeep safari involves seeing herds of elephants, Horton Plains offers a completely unusual experience. Visitors can enjoy a 15km upward hike, passing through grassy plains, glistening streams and herds of deer. The elevation of the plateau makes the temperature pleasantly cool, though a light jacket is usually required during the morning time.
The major attraction is the World’s End, a world famous cliff where one can drink in the picturesque sight of mountains, mist and the Sri Lankan coastline far beyond. A little further is the Baker’s Falls, a beautiful little waterfall where thousands of birds and butterflies dwell. As for animal spotting, the Sambar Deer is a definite sight, along with monkeys, mongoose and giant squirrels. A large number of migratory birds visit the park, providing wonderful opportunities for bird watching. There is a well-defined circular path that leads visitors through the plains and right back to where they started; the hike is slightly strenuous and long, taking an average of 4 hours to be completed. For the enthusiasts, the trek among the hilly grasslands is a must do, as the pleasure of animal spotting, bird watching, and nature walking combine to provide an unforgettable experience.