Worlds End and Bakers Falls in Sri Lanka’s Horton Plains National Park are popular for short treks in spectacular landscape, without the need for a guide. Here’s everything you need to know about this Sri Lankan trek.

How to Get There From Ella

Horton Plains National Park has a ticketing office 8km past Ohiya where you will need to purchase a ticket for 3400rs per person. From the office take a short drive up the single road to the information house, which also has a small museum, maps available (though Worlds End and Bakers Fall are well marked) a free toilet, and a car park.
From the information house and car park the track is very clearly sign . There is no need for a guide as one of the best things about Horton Plains National Park is that guides are not compulsory.

Drive/Train/Tuk-Tuk

The roads are very narrow, windy, and poorly paved however we rented a car from Colombo for the entire Sri Lanka trip, including driving from Ella to Worlds End, and found it to be perfectly fine. No safety issues, and the joy of absolutely remarkable scenery as we drove through woodlands, high up a mountain offering views of the plains, parkland, and some local houses.

Driving from Ella takes more than 2 hours each way. One the way to the park we ended up having to backtrack due to some un-road worthy roads and dead ends, so here is the Ella to Worlds End route we suggest following the main roads that goes through the following places: Ella > Bandarawela > Haputale > Boralanda > Ohiya > car park.

Ohiya train station
If you prefer to train, there is a very cute station in Ohiya and people offering to take you in their Tuk-Tuk to the trek entrance. Based on the road conditions, we would expect a Tuk-Tuk from anywhere outside the park, to the entrance, to take a very long and uncomfortable amount of time to Worlds End trek.

The trek takes around 2.5 hours, is well sign posted, and loops around to the car park, including A very slight (almost not worthy of mention) detour to Bakers Falls. Be sure to trek in clockwise direction as this will ensure you see mini Worlds End before the proper one, and avoid unnecessary up hills. The terrain is a combination of rocky, muddy, and undulating, but is far from intense or complex. We trekked in simple Nike running shoes and were completely fine.

Worlds End has a viewing platform overlooking the plains national park. It’s a spectacular view of lush green nature, with a tea plantation low in the valley, river network in the distance, and on a clear day view through to the ocean. The name comes from the sheer 870 metre drop that is neither fenced or barricaded in anyway: it is completely possible to be the end of your world if you step too close to the edge.

We began the walk at 8:30am and had a great view with no mist, and not many people intruding on photo opportunities. A great time to walk. Despite many recommendations to avoid Sunday trekking at Worlds End due to the local pilgrimage, we found Sunday to be a delight: locals we friendly, chatty, and a pleasure to walk alongside. It wasn’t overly crowded either.

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Climate

We trekked at Horton plains national park during December and felt a sun hat, Sun screen, and light weight sweater over a t-shirt, were fine. We are from New Zealand too, so don’t have some sort of super human climate shield covering our skins.

For hardcore Trekkers who need a rush of intensity in their hiking life, Worlds End might disappoint, however if you want to experience some of Sri Lanka’s best nature and a spectacular view, definitely include this trek into your Sri Lankan holiday.