The Hill Country of Sri Lanka is my favourite part of the country. With a climate that’s considerably cooler than the rest of the country, fresh mountain air and a lush green landscape, it’s perfect for hiking long trails. After having spent the night at a quaint little town called Nuwara Eliya, we set off on an early morning trek to World’s End located in the Hortons Plains Nature Reserve. The 90 minute drive from the town to the reserve on the winding mountain roads is a long one and I couldn’t help but doze off, having started well before sunrise. As we went higher, the air became much cooler, with the wind furiously slapping our faces by the time we stood shivering in the queue to buy tickets to the park.
We started the hike just as the sun was rising, like we’d planned. The complete loop through Mini World’s End, World’s End and Baker’s Falls is 9.5km and takes 3-4 hours. We hiked through some diverse vegetation, dry grasslands, dense & dark cloud forests and slippery terrain close to the waterfall. It was funny how often the climate changed inside the reserve, with us having to remove and wear our layers every 30 minutes or so. Although a little misty, the view from World’s End over the green valleys below was truly rewarding.
The trail is well marked and can be easily navigated with the help of maps available at the entrance. All along the trail, information about the different species of flora and fauna is available. Sturdy waterproof hiking shoes are recommended as the trail can get quite slippery at times. If you’re lucky you’ll even spot a Sambar deer, just like we did at the end of our hike!