Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. Horton Plains spreads across over 3,169 hectares of the highest tableland of the island.The great plains of the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka was discovered by the planter Thomas Farr in the early 19th century. In 1834 it was named Horton Plains in honor of then Governor of Ceylon (1831-1837) Sir Robert Wilmot Horton. In the year 1969, Horton Plains was declared a nature reserve.In 1988, the reserve was elevated to the status of a National Park.
The average annual temperature of 14-16? Centigrade while the humidity is relatively low at 65%. Though annual rainfall of the highlands is about 2500mm-5000mm.
In view of the large number of endemic flora and fauna species, Horton Plains was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.
Best time of year to visit: November to March
Horton Plains is 110 Km from kandy and 30 Km from Nuwara Eliya.