This 3,160 hectare Horton Plains National Park is located within Sri Lanka’s serene, cool highlands and stands at 2,000 meters above sea level. It is easily reached by driving about 1 ½ hours from the beautiful garden-city Nuwara Eliya. The famous World’s End 4,000 foot (1,200 meter) vertical drop found at the southern end of the beautiful plains and the 20 meter-high Baker’s Falls (named after the famous hunter-explorer Samuel Baker) are both attractions here. Adorned with mixed highland and wet grassland forests, there are many hill country birds that can be observed at the plains, making it an ideal bird watching destination.
Some of the species that can be seen here are:
Ceylon Wood Pigeon, Ceylon Blue Magpie, Ceylon Hill White eye, Ceylon Warbler, Ceylon Rufus Babbler, Ceylon Whistling Thrush, Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Scaly Thrush, Spotted-winged Thrush, Pied Bush Chat, Kashmir Red-Breasted Flycatcher, Common Buzzard, Yellow-eared Bulbul, Black-Winged Kite, Black Eagle, Mountain Hawk eagle and many other hill country bird species.
This beautiful park and sanctuary could be reached from the lovely garden city of Nuwara Eliya if you’re staying there, or from Colombo direct, via Avissawella, Hatton, Nanu Oya, Ambewela, Pattipola and Horton Plains.