Walk from Horton Plains to Ella with a villager
The journey starts from beautiful Nuwara Eliya, situated at a height of approximately 2000 meters above sea level also called “Little England” because it was a hill country retreat of the British colonialists. Your first lap of travel from Nuwara Eliya to Horton Plains (approximately 29 km) will be by vehicle. You will drive pass beautiful mountain views, tea plantations, mist-covered villages and quaint towns before approaching the narrow road leading to Horton Plains. Here you will experience a big change in climate, terrain and the vastly distinctive vegetation. The trek by foot commences from the Horton Plains entrance and proceeds towards world’s end, which is approximately 5 km away. Observe large plains of montane grasslands and cloud forests. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100-2,300 meters is a bio-diversity hot spot where species endemic to the region exist. Furthermore you can witness the sheer precipice of World’s End and if it’s a clear morning even the Indian Ocean as a silver streak in the distance. After which you take the forest road to Ohiya, a rather dense jungle, shrouded with fog and interspersed with scenic patches, wildlife and plenty of birdlife, trekking for about 5 km before reaching the rather basic accommodation for the night situated close to the Nonpareil Tea Estate. On arrival at this beautiful remote village you can explore the area, watch the tea pluckers at work, chat with them and end the day with dinner prepared and served by the locals. After breakfast hike to Haputale partly walking on the rail track and a short distance on an open rail truck (one that’s used for maintaining the railroad) travelling through two rail tunnels and some stunning mountain landscapes. Remember to have chitchat with the railway stationmaster and the employees who will willingly share interesting information about the location. On reaching Haputale trek through the Tangamale Bird Sanctuary to the Adhisham Monastery run by Benedictine Monks. After which you will be driven to Ella through a scenic mountainous route.
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