SriLanka 2013 : Horton plains

As the clouds began to wrap themselves around us; we made our way down from World’s End into the plains. The temperature was rising as the summer sun had started to blaze down on us through the gaps in the clouds.

The path aka the Baker’s Falls road was even though easy to walk on but had also partially turned into a small stream that would eventually flow into the Belihul Oya.

The grasslands were full of insects. You could hear them but it was impossible to spot them especially since they’d go quiet as soon as you approached the general area they were buzzing from.

This post is all about the sweeping panorama shots of the plains. The grassland with the green hills in the background with those clouds creeping over made it look stunning. You just couldn’t get enough of the scenery.

It would have been pretty awesome to walk through the grasslands but firstly you’re not allowed plus there are snakes. Not sure if they’re poisonous but why take the risk. Here’s a panorama with the wife in it for scale.

The Belihul Oya snaking it’s way through the plains towards the forest section and the Baker’s Fall. We unfortunately skipped the Baker’s falls because the path that forked towards it was extremely tricky and slippery. We didn’t want to risk it. (>.<)

The Leg of Mutton pool got its name due to its shape. Well that’s the only logical reason I can think of since I couldn’t find anything about it online.

Chimney pool also gets its name from its shape though I couldn’t perceive the connection. The third pool (not pictured) called the Governer’s pool seemed to be the only one with a normal name. Evident from the picture, the clouds/mist had caught up with us which was a huge relief because it was getting relatively hot and we were running short on liquids. Possibly my favorite shot of the plains.

The steps that took us back to the fork where you pick the route of choice. By now we were glad we’d picked the forest to make our way up to World’s end cause the thought of descending through rocks with tired legs seemed like a scary prospect. These steps even though boring was so much more easier on the tired legs.

The Horton national park trek/walk is supposedly on the easier side. Even the sign board propped up at the start states that. I would surely not call it difficult since at no moment of time was it dangerous unless you’re a stupid kid who moves too fast, trips over lose rock and gets saved by a stranger (me). But it’s not easy either as a bit of rainfall does make the place a little more difficult to maneuver through. I’m guessing it would be a lot more challenging if it were raining. So I’d check the weather report before heading out and go prepared accordingly. In the end, these were possibly the best 3-4 hours of our hill country part of the trip. We’d do it again especially if we had more time on hand so that we could just sit there and absorb the tranquility.

Wind towers, cows and milk. Ambewela farms on the way back to Nuwara Eliya from the park is a nice stop over to grab some refreshments. You can also be a complete tourist and take a tour of the farm (we didn’t). Oh and just a warning; the fences around the farm where you can see the cattle are electric.


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