The trail to the World’s End
Horton’s National Park is located around 32 km from Nuwara Eliya, the beautiful hill station. Nuwara Eliya has a distinct colonial feel and is also known for its tea plantations. The National Park is actually a plateau with stretches of grassland interspersed with dense forest and rocky patches overlooking the valley. The park was named after Robert Wilmot-Horton, Governor of Ceylon (British-occupied Sri Lanka) in the mid-nineteenth century.
World’s End trail is a 9 km loop track through the forest and the wildlife area. From the entrance, it is a trail of 4 km to the escarpment, then it loops back to the Baker’s Fall for another 2 km and then continues back to the entrance for another 3 km. You have to reach there as early as possible, because World’s End is often filled with mist and you will not get any view from there.
From the entrance of the park, there is a rocky path that leads to the grassland. After about a kilometer, there is a fork in the road from where the loop begins. The trail is well marked and the entire loop has signposts so that there are seldom any chances of getting lost. On either side of the trail, you will see reddish coloured grass. After walking for sometime, you will encounter the first view point – mini World’s End. The view from this place is also quite spectacular. You will reach upto this point quite easily.