Located approximately 30 km from the Matale town, when travelling on Matale – Girandurukotte road, rather windy with quite a few hairpins turns but in good condition, offers great views all around with a mini worlds end, lot less travelled by main stream tourists. Climatic conditions here are very similar to Horton plains with the addition of having two great waterfalls “Sera Ella” and “Bambarakiri Ella”, both of which are a site for sore eyes, don’t forget to relax on the rock seats of “Sera Ella” relishing the cold misty spray of water on your face and Thelgamu Oya offers a great site for a dip in crystal clear but chilly water.
Travelling further upstream on this very scenic stream will no doubt will make you feel refreshed and rejuvenated. We recommend that you plan a trekking trip (02.5km) to the mist clad Riverston peak via Pittawala pathana, as it offers some of the greatest views of the central hills across the mini worlds end which ends in a sheer drop of 300 meters offering a great vista especially of the “Knuckles range”, and the Thelgamu valley below with its terraced paddy field method unique to the central hills of Sri Lanka.
Explore Horton Plain National park
The Horton Plains are located on Sri Lanka ‘s highest plateau, between altitudes of 2,000 and 2, 300m. The landscape typically consists of undulating lands covered in a tropical cloud of forests or verdant montane savannah grasslands, locally known as patannahs. Visiting Horton Plains or ‘Mahaeliya’ as it is traditionally named is quite popular amongst locals, who mostly come to admire the views from the park’s thrilling escarpments such as World’s End at weekends . For this reason we recommend that you try to organise your visit during a weekday as this ensures that you will experience the Plain’s isolated serenity.
Visitors to the park can follow a 10km loop that incorporates all of the spectacular features, enabling them to enjoy them while adhering to the strict rules for environment protection and nature conservation. The best time to visit is early in the morning as this is when the air is likely to be clearest so that you can enjoy the best of the views. In the afternoons, clouds tend to descend and the area becomes submerged in mist. This is equally enthralling though and provides evidence for the evolution of this forest type. Allowing a half-day should give you plenty of time to enjoy it all at a leisurely pace.
The Plains are actually named after Sir Robert Wilmot Horton, a rather selfish and bloody-minded Brit (no surprise there then) who was singularly responsible for the slaying of all of the elephants in the area between 1831 to 1837. Although there is little hope of elephants ever returning, you can at least walk around in comparative safety admiring the many other interesting creatures around and about. Of these perhaps the most worthy of a mention are the Samber Deer, a common sight at dusk and in the early hours of the morning.
Explore Sinharaja Rain Forest
The legend has it that the Sinhala people originated from a union between a princess and a lion king who once lived in the forest. One of the oldest forest reserves in Sri Lanka and named by UNESCO as a Biosphere reserve and a world heritage site, a national heritage wilderness area, and preserved for future generations as one of the pristine rain forests in the word.
Categorized as a virgin tropical evergreen rain forest saved from commercial logging mostly due to its inaccessibility, is an ideal place to observe a bird watching phenomenon commonly found in rain forests of mixed species of birds foraging for food, most of the birds endemic to Sri Lanka can be observed here in their natural habitat, a famous endemic species to look out for is the Sri Lankan Blue Magpie. Best time to visit Sinharaja Forest is early morning, covers your ankles and exposed skin to avoid leeches detergent will help. Records show that there are 03 elephants, no one has sited them for the last 15 years, and 15 leopards however are seldom seen due to the thick undergrowth of the jungle. a heaven for butterflies and insects observers, one might be able to spot many endemic species here while on trek. Contact one of our travel experts to plan your trip here allowing yourself adequate time to marvel at this awesome sight of nature’s olive green cathedral and enjoy its splendour and magnificence whether you are a photographer, artist, scientist or simply a nature lover.