The place which surprised me most was Horton Plains National Park. We have planned to visit the place but without knowing much about it. We went in without much expectation, but was blown away by the beauty of the plains. Take a look at the Wikipedia article here for the history of the place: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horton_Plains_National_Park
It is located in Ohiya and it has been announced as a natural world heritage site by UNESCO in 2010.
Basically the main attraction is the World’s End cliff from which you can have a breathtaking view. The only issue is that sometimes it will be very foggy and the visitors may not be able to see the view. During the time we went it was foggy too, thus we could not see the view fully. Below is the picture from Wikipedia on how it will look like.
To get to the World’s End, we need to trek about 7-9 km. The path is rocky and is not smooth sailing. But it was worth it as on the way, we could catch many beautiful views of the plains. We went in with no expectations and came out with maximum satisfaction. As shown in the picture below, kill only time and leave only footprints.
We spoke to one of the forest officer there and found out that apparently there are some leopards in the plains but they will usually come only at night (Luckily we never come across any!!).
In short if you like to be close to nature and experience the beauty, Horton Plains should be on your top of the list if you visit Sri Lanka!
It took us the whole day to cover Horton Plains. We went back to our rooms in Banderawela tired but satisfied. We have no plans for next day. Well we thought being impromptu will give the best experiences.