World’s End Sri Lanka makes the top of pretty much every Sri Lanka itinerary. And for good reason. The view from the top of the 880-metre drop is incredible. And on a clear day, you can see all the way to Udawalewe National Park. Horton Plains National Park where World’s End is situated in one of the most popular National Parks in Sri Lanka and the only one where you can get out and walk. This is because there are no elephants. Unfortunately, they were hunted out in colonial times. Mainly by one guy who killed 1,400. And then got struck by lightning. Nature’s revenge hey? Anyway enough with the trivia.
I recently visited Horton Plains National Park Sri Lanka and hiked Word’s End. And from what it costs, to how to get there here’s everything you need to know before you go. Including some top insider tips.
Where To Stay To Visit World’s End Sri Lanka
Horton Plains Sri Lanka is 32 km away from popular tourist spot Nuwara Eliya (also known as little England). So most people visit the park from here. Us included. It’s a nice place to stay for a couple of days, including your half day trip to hike World’s End. There is also a great range of accommodation from budget hostels to up-market hotels. We chose to stay at the Mount Mary Inn. A cute little homestay style hotel located really close to the centre of town with great WIFI and really comfortable beds. (You can check the latest rates and availability here.) If you’re on the hunt for accommodation in Nuwara Eliya here are some more suggestions.
UYOU Ceylon Guest House
Cottage San Francesco
Singha Sanasa Luxury Homestay
How To Get To The World’s End Horton Plains
The only way to get to Horton Plains is to hire a driver. If there are two of you it’s possible to take a tuk-tuk. The 1 – 1.5-hour journey should set you back around 3,000 rupees ($20 USD). Be warned though, it’s pretty cold up there so a tuk-tuk may not be the most comfortable choice. If there are more than two of you (or you can find some mates to tag along with) a van is the best option. Prices seem to be around 4,000 – 4,500 rupees. The 1 – 1.4 hours journey should set you back about $4,000 – 4,500 (around $30 USD). Your driver will wait for you in the car park while you’re hiking and take you back to Nuwara Eliya or on to somewhere else.
How Much Does It Cost To Visit World’s End Sri Lanka?
As the World’s End Hike is part of a National Park you do need to buy a Horton Plains National Park ticket to enter. The fees are actually pretty confusing as they calculate the size of the transport, the number of people and service and tax. For three of us, our Horton Plains Entrance fee cost 11,000 rupees (around $25 USD per person). As it’s so complex your driver will just work it out for you and then go and purchase your ticket. They probably add their own service fee here too. But I guess that’s the price of convenience…
What To Expect
My best advice would be to head off early. We left Nuwara Eliya around 5 am and were one of the first groups into the park. The windy uphill drive will take about an hour until you reach the entrance of the park. Once here your driver will park and go buy your Horton Plains National Park entrance fee for you. You’ll be sitting waiting and about 50 other vans will all park around you. But don’t worry, you’re not boxed in. They seem to have some sort of system, and as soon as your driver has purchased your ticket you’ll be off. Then it’s another 15-minute drive to the start of the hike.
Which Path To Take?
Once parked, your driver will probably walk you to the entrance, hand over your entry ticket and then you can set off on your hike. After about 10 minutes of walking, you’ll reach a fork in the road. The left path is most commonly taken and gets you to World’s End faster. The right path takes you to Baker’s Falls first and is probably as an easier option as you take the steeper part of the hike at a decline. Which path you take really depends on when you get there and your fitness level. If you’re there super early like we were (literally the 2nd group on the path) take the left route as World’s End won’t be as busy when you arrive. If you get there a little later and want to take it easy take the right path.
Getting To World’s End Sri Lanka Via The Left Path
We took the left path so I’ll talk you through taking that route. Once you take the left turn off you’ll walk for about half an hour through grassy hills and then head into the thick jungle. We saw a few monkeys and one huge squirrel that must have eaten some sort of radioactive waste ‘coz it was bloody gigantic! After this you’ll reach a clearing which is Little World’s End Sri Lanka. The view here is pretty beautiful. As we were early the sun was rising over the mountains and the clouds were swirling in the valley below. The hill also continues further up and you can climb it for a better view. However, we stopped for a few pics here but continued on quickly on down the path on the right as I was determined to be the first to reach the real World’s End.
The next 20 minutes of walking take you on a bit of a decline through a rocky extinct river bed. Nothing too hard though. And then you’ll finally reach World’s End Nuwara Eliya! And as a little bonus for our early morning, we were the first there! Which meant unlimited selfie taking opportunities.
The Loop Back & Baker’s Falls
Now that all the excitement is over it’s time to start the somewhat anti-climactic trip back to the entrance. The loop back via Baker’s Falls can be a little difficult and steep at times and you’ll start bumping into a few more people. It will take you another 30-minutes walk till you reach the path down to Baker’s Falls. The Falls are nice. But nothing to write home about. And then from there you walk along grassy hilltops all the way back to the park entrance. The entire loop took us about 2.5 hours.
- Go early. We left town at 5 am and we were the first to the End of the World which was perfect.
- Once you get to the World’s End Sri Lanka if you continue up the rocks there is actually another platform. I don’t think many people actually realise it’s there.
- There’s a cute little museum on the way out that is worth a poke around. It’s got facts about the park’s history and a few really badly taxidermy animals. It’s a bit of a laugh and quite interesting.
Is Hiking World’s End Worth It?
Whether visiting World’s End Horton Plains is worth it really depends on your prior experience. If you’ve just been hiking in Patagonia you’ve probably seen a tonne of views better than this and at a cheaper price (albeit they were probably much harder hikes). But I visited with my parents who don’t do much hiking and had never really seen a view like this before. So from their point of view the $40 USD cost p/p was worth it. It’s also a relatively easy hike. So great for beginners or people a little longer in the tooth.
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