Blog Series: UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites
Sri Lanka have 2 UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites, Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve since 1988 and the Central Highlands since 2010. The Central Highlands consists of Horton Plains National Park, Peak Wilderness Protected Area and Knuckles Conservation Forest.
If you are interested in nature, wildlife, hiking and animals, or just want to see picturesque and beautiful places, you should definitely come visit. All these sites are easily accessed by car and you will not regret your visit here. Many people are interested in visit these sites, and we have therefore put together a blog series for you with information about each place. Making it easy for you to explore the natural wonders of Sri Lanka.
Read More: Part 1 Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve
Part 2: Horton Plains National Park
In Horton Plains National Park you can visit the popular sites Baker’s fall, mini World’s End and World’s End. It´s a very special place in Sri Lanka, with diverse landscapes, rich wildlife and excellent hiking opportunities. The Horton Plains National Park is situated in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and was designated a protected National park in 1988 and a UNESCO world heritage site in 2010, as part of the Central Highlands area.
Hiking in the National Park you will discover a diverse landscape, with wild grasslands, cloud forest, rocks, beautiful waterfalls and misty lakes, as well as a wide variety of wildlife. The Plateau is at an altitude of 2,100 – 2,300 meters making it a special place. Horton Plains is simply one of the best nature reserves and Eco Tourism venues in the world.
Horton Plains National Park is a Biodiversity Hotspot in Sri Lanka. You can see more than half of Sri Lanka’s vertebrates, more than half of the endemic flowering plants of the island, as well as may endemic trees and shrubs. You can also spot Sri Lankan Sambar Deer in large herds, and it´s also a very important area for Birds, with many endemic species for Sri Lanka and even for the area. Purple-faced langur, Sri Lankan Leopard, Stripe-Necked Mongoose, Toque Macaque and other mammals can be spotted in the National Park as well. Even a subspecies of the endangered Red Slender Loris can be found in Horton Plains National Park.
Visiting the site World’s End and you can see how the plateau comes to a sudden end and the cliff drops some 880 meters. Standing on the edge is indeed a very special experience. For you to be able to enjoy the extraordinary view of tea plantation villages in the valley and the view towards the southern coast, you should be here in the early morning before the mist rolls in. Don't miss to visit this magical place when you are in Sri Lanka. The National Park is easily accessed from for example Nuwara Eliya by car, and on the way you can stop along the way up to the National Park and enjoy the extraordinary view as the sun rises. Simply a magical start of your day.
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More information about Horton Plains National Park: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1203
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