Hiking, trekking, strolling… whichever you prefer, do it here. On this stretch of mountain plains over 2,000ft above sea level, mist shadows parade its panoramic foothills. But you can get to the Horton Plains before the mists. Between 6am and 10am is your best bet for catching up with the astonishing views surrounding a magical, almost infinite plummet at a plateau known as ‘World’s End’. Sights of tea plantations, villages dotting the landscape, and farther south up to the coast are all incredible to discover.
Wildlife on the Horton Plains is diverse. Sambhur deer, leopard, wild buffalo and even the rare slender Loris live harmoniously in the cool climate. The Plains are also home to a varied species of plant life, in particular wild berries, strawberries and raspberries.
Tundra, thick forest and rocky expanses are all part of the assorted demographics which make for a thrilling all round trekking experience.
Horton Plains can be accessed from Colombo through Avissawella, and Nuwara Eliya and Bandarawela towns. Recommended best times for visits is from January to March.