Horton Plains

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As soon as you reach the plateau heading up from Nuwara Eliya which is about a 1.5 hours drive, one can see breathtaking views of the Knuckles Mountain RangeHorton Plains looks like you have just stepped onto an uninhabited planet.  Not much happens here and it is always peaceful.  The last time I was here was in 1991 when I went on a field trip from my high school.  Please visit my memoir Beautiful Eye to hear more about this story.

As we drove to the trail head where you can hike to see World’s End and Baker’s Falls, I noticed Farr Inn which was a guesthouse my family and I stayed in about 3 times.  It is now a museum and research facility.  A friendly deer came out to welcome us.

You must start the World’s End, Baker’s Fall’s Loop Trail by 8am or you risk getting stuck in the fog.  The entire loop takes about 4 hour.  The trail is well paved and well-marked in some places, but in others, it is possible to get lost and the erosion can twist an ankle if you are not careful.  Make sure you bring water, snacks, warm clothes, and hiking boots.  Never hike alone.  This is also the only national park in Sri Lanka where you are allowed to walk around on your own.

At World's End

At World’s End

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Bakers Falls

At Baker’s Falls

The Welcome Deer

The Welcome Deer

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A Wild Deer

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Map of the Loop Trail

Map of the Loop Trail

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