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.
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.
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.
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.