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At an altitude of 2,100 m above sea level, the visual delight that is Horton Plains is the highest tableland on the island. Due to its rich variety of endemic flora and fauna species, Horton Plains has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The primary trek to World’s End and back is around 9km and can be accomplished within 3 hours. The Horton Plains plateau comes to a sudden end at World’s End, where a stunning escarpment falls a sheer 900 meters down. On a clear morning, World’s End affords views up to the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The panorama is often obscured by the mist post 10am, so it is advisable to get an early start. Baker’s Falls are one of the highlights of the park. The trail offers you expansive views of flora, grasslands, densely wooded forest and spice groves, with pepper, cinnamon and cardamom plants. The park is also home to a wide variety of flora and 24 species of mammal such as elk, deer, giant squirrel, wild boar, wild hare, porcupine and leopard. For bird enthusiasts, there are close to 90 species, including many migratory birds.
Situated at around 2000m above sea level and surrounded by lush tea plantations, Nuwara Eliya is the ‘city of light’, located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. The city was created by Samuel Baker, the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846. Once a pleasure retreat of the European planters because of its cool climate, Nuwara-Eliya, was called Little England and was the salubrious retreat for British colonialists. It was their playground for hunting…