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“We were expecting more”

Horton Plains National Park
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US$82.00*
and up
Private Guided Trek to the Devil's Staircase
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Ohiya
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Along with plenty of wildlife, a cliff known as World's End is a top attraction at this park.
Reviewed 2 May 2014 via mobile

After reading all the great reviews on Tripadvisor we were very excited to visit Horton Plains but we were quite disappointed.

World's End was covered with mist and the trekking from one view-point to the next was non-eventful. There were a lot of large groups of disrespectful locals who were continually noisy throughout our walk, and we spotted so much waste along the paths like empty water bottles, which was extremely unpleasant.

We would have much rather spent our time hiking through the natural forests and tea plantations.

2  Thank DonPackett
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

I visited Horton Plains on the 14th of April, 2014. The drive to Horton Plains is lovely. Some great stops for photo opps along the way.

However, once you get there, be prepared for a long trek through some totally rough terrain. If you happen to like hiking and enjoy traversing some tough trails, then you will definitely enjoy it.

If not, make sure you take the 9km trek in stages. The entire route is one big loop. There's a clear signboard after the first half kilometre (where the path forks off), indicating the various stops and how far away it is from that point. Map out your route accordingly.

Good, sturdy walking shoes are a must. Take plenty of water and stay hydrated. Don't forget your camera! The sceneray is great and the bio diversity is stunning. The best time to start your trek would be at around 6.30 a.m. That way your beat the heat and your fresh for your hike through the plains. The sunrise is supposed to be spectacular!
If you're lucky, you might see some wildlife as well !

There are some pretty tricky patches to manoeuver along the way, where you're practically climbing over small boulders and loose rock. I would personally not reccommend this hike to seniors. During our trek we came across certain elderly individuals who were having some difficulty and were contemplating turning back.

Cell phones do not work here as there is no steady signal.

Issuing of tickets to enter the park ends at 3 p.m. Make sure to get there before that to avoid disappointment. The rough estimation of the entire hike (the complete loop) is supposed to be four hours. Hence the cut-off time of 3 p.m.

Food and drink is available at the car park, but NOT along the hiking route. However, there are toilet stops at certain intervals.

It's a definite MUST SEE attraction for those coming up to the hill country. The plains are beautiful as are the stops such as World's End and Baker's Falls along the route. However, make sure you are well prepared to handle a tiring, but rewarding trek through beautiful, unforgettable Horton Plains!

2  Thank Sushara L
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

We stayed at Hill Safari eco lodge only 25 minutes from the entrance. So we got to the entrance around 6.30am to start the circuit walk. Saw Sambuk deer at the entrance and saw the World's End views without the clouds and mist. If you come later than 10am all you could see would be clouds in the valleys. We are in our 60's and made the 9km walk in 3 1/2 hours. In some places it is quite difficult and you need good walking shoes or trainers. You are not allowed to take any loose plastic into the Park, plastic bottles are Ok, take off the labels if you can. Take pictures, remember a spare camera battery and a large enough card.

Thank rbcorpe-travellers
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Breathtaking views! Just as we were about to arrive at the car park, the scenery right before my eyes completely blew me away. The vast grasslands with the peeking morning sunlight (plus the chilly weather) felt so surreal. Throughout the 9km hike, I went trigger-happy and tried my best to capture good shots worthy of the beauty of this national park. I loved the diversity of flora and fauna that this place offers. I loved the cool chilly weather that accompanied us for the initial part of the hike till the sun was up.

This certainly isn't an easy peasy walk in the park but it definitely is very manageable.
Tips: 1) Wearing good appropriate footwear (sports shoes would suffice) and attire would make your walk a pleasant one. 2) Start early in the morning! i.e. before 7.30 a.m. There's a segment of the walk where you will find yourself in an area which does not provide any cover - the heat from the scorching sun is no joke. Would be advisable to slap on some sunscreen too.

Waking up at 3+ a.m. to make our way from Ramboda to the Horton Plains National Park was well worth every bit of effort. :)

Thank shuangz
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

We really enjoyed our walk in the Horton Plains. It is truly a beautiful place but we found the place expensive and we couldn't pay with our visa (see pictures of the rates April 2014). We would recommend to wear good shoes and bring something to drink for the 3 hours walk to get to the world's end.

1  Thank Mimi J
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