Horton Plains in Nuwara Eliya is the highest plateau in the island. The weather here can be quite fickle with chilly winds giving way to sudden bursts of warm sunshine only to change back again to the cold and unforgiving atmosphere not dissimilar to the moors mentioned in Wuthering Heights.
The mysterious landscape
This mysterious and silent piece of landscape provides a myriad of chances to explore the beautiful and raw wildness of nature; this includes hikes to conquer the country’s second and third highest mountains, namely ‘Kirigalpotta’ and ‘Totapola’ and a trek towards the ‘World’s End’ which is a drop of 880m.
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A trek across Horton Plains is a journey scattered with many unexpected sights, sounds and experiences. As you trudge along the winding path, you may hear the faint sound of an elusive leopard or a majestic sambar deer strolling slowly or spy a mischievous purple-faced langur. If you avoid the rainy season and set off on an early trek, the end of your meanderings can result in a breathtaking and panoramic sight; view the green valley below, where the tea plantation villagers carry on their work despite life’s many challenges.
The Broken Spectre
If you’re lucky, you may even get to witness the ‘broken spectre’, an optical illusion which allows a person’s shadow to be framed by a halo in the hues of a rainbow.
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