Sri Lanka - Horton Plains Worlds End
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Mar 10, 2013 7:44 AM Last Post By: LOJohansson
Feb 27, 2013 6:03 PM
We are a family of 3 going to Sri Lanka for 3 weeks in April. I was hoping to do Horton Plains/Worlds End but am now thinking I was being optimistic thinking my 7 year old daughter will walk for the 4-5 hours I have read it takes. Does anyone have any advice on how easy or hard the trail is? Also, if we were to decide to do some of the walks around Ella instead, how do they compare for scenery, or is Worlds End a 'must see'?
Would love some words of experience. Have also posted this on Kids to Go branch.
Feb 27, 2013 7:20 PM
Copy pasting from what I wrote somewhere else -
"The trail circuit goes in a loop for 8 Kms and can be done either clockwise or anti-clockwise (for the record more people do it clockwise as you want to be at World’s End before the clouds descend). A 500 meter sheer drop followed by another 300 meters at a slight gradient. All the other places are really not worth mentioning; Baker’s falls looked nice but was completely barricaded off."
The 8 KM walk (with small gradients at 3-4 places; 2 stretches on the path were steep and surrounded in shrubbery) might still be a little too much for a 7 year old. Honestly I can't say so for sure.
The descent/ascend to Baker's fall is tough though and I would recommend skipping it if you do go to Horton's.
World's End is good but I believe there is a Mini's World's End at Ella which offers similar views although not quite as spectacular.
In the end, considering the step park fees I would probably skip World's End.
Feb 27, 2013 8:53 PM
2You can find too many Indika’s who do the same job in Sri Lanka.
Feb 28, 2013 1:27 AM
3HI THERE I THINK HORTON PLAINS WAS MY FAV PLACE IN SRILANKA .. WHEN I WAS THERE FOR A YEAR... SERIOUSLY NOTHING BEATS LIKE H.P. ... I THINK ITS QUITE EASY THAN WHT IT MIGHT SOUND ... BUT STILL YOU HAVE A 7 YR OLD DAUGTHER N MAYBE SHE WON'T BE ALL EXCITED N HAPPY TO WALK UP N DOWN THE HILLS...... BUT SERIOUSLY ITS A MUST GO PLACE ....
ITS NOT JUST ABOUT WORLD'S ENDS THAT IS BREATHE TAKING BUT THE ENTIRE HORTON PLAIN IS BEAUTIFUL... I THINK ITS FLOWER SEASON SO ON THE WAY TO H.P THERE IS A SMALL TOWN CALLED NUWARA ELLIYA .. WHICH IS BEAUTIFUL DURING THE SEASON...... AND MANY TIMES WORLD'S END IS COVERED WITH FOG... IT U R LUCKY U MIGHT GET TO SEE THE VEIW .. BUT SAYIN THT H.P IS A MUST GO......
Feb 28, 2013 6:53 AM
4Hortons plain is about a 4 hour walk on a gentle gradient including lots of rests for photos/enjoying the scenery. It's not tough at all for an adult but it depends on how much your daughter likes walking. The scenery is nice but the entrance fees are overly expensive and you have to get up ridiculously early to enjoy the views. So overall not especially recommended.
If your time is limited the Little Adams Peak at Ella is more fun. It's also an easy walk with gentle gradient and the views are fantastic.
Or you could do the Liptons seat walk near Haputale. Its also very nice. Get a taxi up to the top and then just walk down enjoying the views.
Mar 4, 2013 1:18 AM
5i think u have got enough info abt horton plains. so i wont add any
Mar 7, 2013 2:39 AM
6Thanks to all for info, much appreciated. I think we will put Ella ahead in the itinerary and see how we go with the walks there. Hoping to do Uda Walawe also so it's probably too much to try and fit Horton Plains into our Hill Country time...too much travelling.
Mar 10, 2013 7:44 AM
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