Well, this could have been spectacular.
Despite the rainy, overcast conditions, we decided to try our luck and visit World’s End. With a name like that, how could we not at least try?
World’s End is in Horton Plains National Park, at the edge of the hill country in Nuwara Eliya. It’s where the Horton Plains plateau comes to an abrupt end and the mountain drops for one kilometer to the lowlands. Apparently, from the vantage point, you can see views all the way across the island to the coast.
The best chance of getting a glimpse before the heavy clouds roll in are from 6-10am from April to September. In order to arrive in time, we woke up in the middle of the night and got a ride from the hotel van.
The forecast was bleak, but we had a tight schedule and no leeway to visit a different time. We hoped the fog would blow over or maybe it would stop drizzling.
Neither of those happened.
But you have to hike a few kilometers to confirm the view is obscured. I’m sure all the locals and most tourists know what’s going to happen (staring into a sea of dense mist), but once you’re there, you might as well enjoy a walk.
The main trail is pretty flat, with a few patches of tight, rocky climbs.
The round-trip trail is about 9.5 kilometers. It took about three hours, including the few minutes stop to look into the white void where our view was supposed to be. It’s not very far, but some trails are narrow and the going is slow. Everyone is required to stay on the paths.
Even though we were disappointed with the lack of view, it was a nice walk.Tweet