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Must-Know 5 Tips When You Travel to Horton Plains – An Adventure of a Lifetime

If you are spending some time amid the lush tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya, why not make a day trip to explore the mysteries in Horton Plains? The wind-swept destination offers a peek into a thriving ecosystem of flora and fauna. Here are some tips to know when travelling to Horton Plains.


Start Your Hike Early

For a full-blown adventure among these windy plains, make sure you wake up before dawn. The ideal time to show up at the gate would be around 6 in the morning when the plains can be accessed by the public. So, if you're planning to explore Horton Plains during your stay at one of the top hotels in Nuwara Eliya the likes of Galway Heights, you should at least leave it one and a half hours before, in order to reach the entrance by 6 am. The drive from Nuwara Eliya is an adventure in itself, with dynamic landscapes offering something new each time you visit. Nuwara Eliya is seated approximately 1800 metres above sea level, and Horton Plains 200 metres more than that – you will be driving straight up to reach the entrance to Horton Plains. Await breathtaking views as the sun graces these magnificent grounds.


Dress Appropriately

Arriving at the entrance by 6 in the morning means that it would also be extremely cold – after all, you'll be standing further up above sea level minus sunshine, so this is to be expected. Keep in mind, or better yet, place a reminder on your smart device, so that you wouldn't leave your sweater or jersey back at your room in your hotel. Nevertheless, as the sun slowly rises above the plains, you will feel warm and wouldn't need the extra layers after all. Although the hike in Horton Plains isn't much of a challenge, it is advisable to wear comfortable hiking boots, or even your sneakers – just don't wear flip flops! Bring your hat and sunscreen to avoid getting a sunburn by noon.


Relish in the Incredible Views at World's End

The major highlight of this early escape from the comforts of your hotel room is to get to the World's End – a sheer drop of almost 900 metres! The views may be incredible but if you're faint at heart, you may feel a bit squeamish as you look down at the bottom. Since there's no safety rail in World's End, it is in your hands to ensure your safety. On clear days, you may even be able to see the ocean from up here.


Be Conscious of the Surroundings

While being on a UNESCO World Heritage Site such as Horton Plains National Park, you should take additional precautions and effort to help safeguard its myriad of plant and animal species. Do leave your plastic wraps and other non-biodegradable containers at your home when you're planning to go exploring in these magnificent landscapes. If you have to bring a bottle of water, make sure that you take it back with you and dispose of it using proper methods.


Be Mindful of Direction

Consisting of a 10-kilometre loop, the Horton Plains will offer you various routes leading you to the most spectacular of places. After about walking 5 minutes from the entrance, you'll be faced with the choice of either walking towards the Baker's falls or the Mini World's End. The first portion of the hike is known to offer tantalising views for the hikers and it is best enjoyed before the sun hits its peak. Plan to reach World's End before 10 am to be rewarded with views that would quietly take your breath away.