We forest is the provider of three main

We all have our days when we need to get away from the city chaos and find a place that’s all our own with some peace and quiet. The Horton Plains National Park is a well-known nature reserve which fits the bill in more ways than one. With its breathtaking hills, wet grasslands, surrounding forests and plains that contribute to habitats of plants and animals, it serves as the perfect distraction to open up your mind. It is located in the central province of Sri Lanka in the district of Nuwara Eliya.Clear, cool water flows throughout the plains, flowing into streams, waterfalls and lakes. Its montane forest is the provider of three main rivers including Mahaweli, Walawe and Kelani. The forest, the plain and its location on highland provide misty mornings, cold nights and windy days on a moist land often accompanied by a mysterious fog.Camping at Horton PlainsThe walk to a campsite from the Horton Plains Wildlife Centre takes less than 20 minutes covering only 500m to 700m. You have the option out of three promising campsites.  Each campsite has plenty of space to set up at least two tents and is accompanied with an outhouse.The campsites have to be pre-booked at least a month in advance through the Battaramulla Wildlife Department. It costs Rs.2500 a night for the accommodation of 10 people with a charge of Rs.280 for entrance parking.Half way down the path the the first campsite is can be seen further down the hill, right by a beautiful lake. The moment you set foot on the campground, you see the surrounding hills and bushes and a stream running along the side, flowing right into the lake. Not to mention, this is also the only campsite cut off from the public eye providing the perfect peaceful getaway.The second campsite is located by the Chimney Pool. However, it is in the vicinity of visitors passing by. Therefore, would not provide as much privacy.The third and final campsite is located between the first and second campsites. However, it is about a 100m walk away from a main water source. On the plus side, this campsite provides a breathtaking view at night, devoid of mountains obstructing it.While passing the time here it would be a good opportunity to take a dip in the water. The icy cold water will have you shivering all over in seconds. But that is part of the adventure!The nights spent at Horton Plains can get very chilly, so make sure you take plenty of warm clothing with you to get you through the night.WildlifeHorton Plains serves as shelter to many breeds of animals including deer and wild boar and is also covered in a variety of plant life. If you find yourself on a night camping out, you could be lucky enough to spot groups of Sambar deer (the most frequently spotted animal) wandering around. Other breeds include Monkeys, Mongoose, Fishing cats and Otters.It is also known to be inhabited by a range of bird species including the Jungle Fowl, Dull-Blue Flycatcher, Black Eagle etc.It only heightens the adventure to spot any of these species in this Natural ReserveMain AttractionsHorton Plains is home to many famous attractions including Baker’s Falls and World’s End among others. The trails leading to all these spots are surrounded by beautiful views of mountains and valleys. The whole park can be explored through a 10km loop that covers all its attractionsWorld’s EndThe main attraction of Horton Plains is World’s End. It is an abyss of a 4000 ft height. It can be reached after a hike of 4km from the trailhead to the southern border of the park. When not entirely covered in mist, the view from here runs all the way to the southern coast of the Island. You can find small World’s End about 1 km from here as well.Baker’s FallsBaker’s Falls is the famous shimmering waterfall sourced from Belihul Oya, situated 3km from the trail head. It is fascinatingly named after its discoverer Sir Samuel Baker known to be an explorer and hunter. The trail passes through a cool dense forest, before revealing the magnificent Baker’s falls.This waterfall is a stunning sight of glistening cascading waters (though not suitable for bathing) at a height of 20m.Chimney PoolThe Chimney Pool is a mini lake situated close to baker’s falls. It is a beautiful sight, with water flowing from an elevated base of granite. It provides cool air to its surroundings and a freshness to the wind blowing across it.Camping at Horton PlainsHorton Plains has three campsites, each of which is only 500m – 750m from the Horton Plains Wildlife Centre.  Each campsite has plenty of space to set up at least two tents and is accompanied with an outhouse.The campsites have to be pre-booked at least a month in advance via the Battaramulla Wildlife Department. It costs Rs.2500 a night for the accommodation of 10 people with a charge of Rs.280 for entrance parking.The first campsite is right by a mini lake with a stream running by the side. It is also surrounded by a peaceful scenery that is very relaxing. Not to mention, it is also the only campsite cut off from the public eye providing a peaceful getaway to its campers.The second campsite is located by the Chimney Pool. However, it is in the vicinity of visitors passing by. Therefore, would not provide as much privacy.The third and final campsite is located between the first and second campsites. However, it is about a 100m walk away from a main water source. On the plus side, this campsite provides a breathtaking view at night, devoid of mountains obstructing it.Rules and RegulationsHorton Plains only has a couple rules and have only been set in place to reserve and safeguard the nature and wildlife within the park.The Park only allows eco-friendly material to be taken inside. This includes polythene, cigarettes and flammables. Plastic bottles are allowed on the condition that they are brought back.Campfires are not encouraged at the park, though may be negotiated.