Hortons Plains National Park

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Hortons Plains National Park

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Horton Plains, its surroundings forests and the adjoining peak Wilderness, constitute Sri Lanka’s most important catchment area of almost all major rivers. The plains are also of outstanding scenic beauty and conservation importance, containing most of the habitats and endemic plants and animals representatives of the country’s wet and montane zones. The western slopes support the most extensive area of montane cloud forest surviving in the country.

Location[edit]

Lies about 32Km south of Nuwara Eliya in the central High lands of central Province.

Access[edit]

Horton Plains can be reached by any of these all roads. - Via Nuwara Eliya, Ambewela and Pattipola (32 Km) - Via Haputhale or Welimada, Boralanda, Ohiya (38Km) - Nwara Eliya, Hakgala, Rendapola, Ambewela, Pattipola (38Km)

If you come by train (Kandy-Badulla or Colombo-Badulla Line) you can get off at Ohiya: The park-entrance is a 10km Tuktuk-ride away, cost 2000R (back and forth, not really negotiable)

Adventurous visitors can trek into the park along the Thalawakele – Agarapatana – Diyagama and Belihyoya – Nagarak trails.

Entrance fee[edit]

As of July 2015 the ticket officer wanted to charge a steep 5,800R for a single person. Discounts can be made if you are traveling in a group. But expect to pay a lot!

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