Horton Plains National Park - Trekking Camp (ETNP 003)

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ETNP 003 Horton Plains National Park (Maha Eliya) Trekking Camp
 

Horton Plains National Park is undoubtedly one of the world's best nature reserves. It is characterised by a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, covered in upper montane forest and wet patana grassland. In general, the forests are seen on the hilltops or upper slopes, and the grasslands in the valleys and lower slopes, eventually giving way to wetland habitats. Spanning approximately 10,000 hectares the park is also home to a wide variety of flora (57 species, 29 endemic to Sri Lanka) and 24 species of mammals such as elk, deer, giant squirrel, wild boar, wild hare, porcupine and leopard. For bird enthusiasts, there are 87 species (14 of which are endemic), including many migratory birds. The Plains also feature many interesting attractions such as Baker's Falls', Chimmini Pool and the famous World's End (a 3700 ft sheer drop that offers fabulous views of the tea estates below and all the way out to the distant southern coastline).

 
Schedule
 

Day One: Arrival at the gate entrance to the Horton Plains around 7.30am for trekking to various points of interest (see above). Experience a typical Sri Lankan lunch at the camp. Evening trek to Thotupalakanda, Sri Lanka's third highest mountain (2,359m). Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day Two: Leaving to your next destination after breakfast at the camp.

 
Trekking Camp
 
Since vehicles are not allowed into the park, Horton Plains is a participatory camping location, giving guests the opportunity of getting involved in the whole process of setting up the camp, and even assisting in the cooking! Although park regulations prohibit the lighting of campfires, we can still create a magical setting with lanterns, wonderful surrounding views of the Plains themselves and the diverse flora and fauna present (especially watch out for leopards!) N.B. Due to the altitude of the park, be prepared for sometimes cold and windy weather.
 
Activities
 
Bird Watching, Participatory Camping, Special Study Tours for Flora and Fauna, (Just outside the park: Cycling and Mountain Biking, Off-the-road 4WD Jeep Adventures).
 
Nearby Locations Suggestions for Ongoing Itineraries
 
Nuwara Eliya, Bandarawala, Haputale, Belihuloya, Balangoda, Hatton
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