Horton Plains National Park
Horton Plains park was designated in 1988 and it's in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. It's famous for montane grassland and cloud forest which is located at an elevation of two ,100–2,300 m (6,900–7,500 ft). Most of the species found here are endemic to Sri Lanka and it's rich in biodiversity. The Horton Plains are the headwaters of three major Sri Lankan rivers, the Mahaweli, Kelani, and Walawe.
The climate at the Horton Plains shifts extensively over the span of the day with temperatures as high as 27 degrees centigrade during the day and plunging as low as 5 degrees centigrade in the night. Secret to Horton plains greenery is the regular rainfall it gets throughout the year.
Magnificence of Horton Plains is its delightful, pleasant setting. The plains with its cold misty breeze, wonderful mountains, tall green trees, completely clear streams and bright sprouts spread around, also the 'World's End' – a 700m vertical drop that gives a glorious perspective on the valley beneath and the excellent falls of the Baker's falls makes it a safe house for trekking and winged creature viewing.
Wildlife in Horton Plains
Sambar Deer are the most frequent site of wildlife at Horton Plains. Most generally observed animals apart from Sambar deer (with a populace near 2000) others are Sri Lankan Leopard, Red slender loris,Toque macaques, Kelaart’s long-clawed shrews, Purple faced langur, Wild boa; Strip necked mongoose, Spotted chevrotain, Giant squirrels, Fishing cat.
Although most elusive Sri Lankan leopard is taking the top spot of the attraction recently by its number of frequent sightings around the park.