World’s End is a 1200m cliff located in Horton Plains National Park. It’s a popular trip from Nuwara Eliya, but visitors are often left disappointed when the impressive view is completely covered in fog. So, is it worth visiting World’s End?
Due to the rainforest below and the changing air temperatures, most of the time the spectacular view from World’s End is completely covered in a thick blanket of mist. This means there is a high chance of visiting and seeing nothing but a white wall of fog. This is exactly what happened to us when we visited.
One of the major factors to take into consideration when deciding if World’s End is worth a visit is the cost. There is a hefty entrance fee of 3800 rs and it will cost around 2500rs for return transport in a tuk tuk to the park from Nuwara Eliya. That’s a lot of money to see some clouds!
When to Go
To maximise your chances of seeing a clear view (which is apparently breathtakingly beautiful) it’s best to get there as early as possible. This means leaving Nuwara Eliya at about 5:30am in order to get to the park as soon as it opens. This is especially important during the rainy season (April – September) when cloud coverage is particularly bad.
What to See:
Luckily, even if the view is covered, there are other things to do in the park as well. The 9.5km circuit takes you through the National Park where there are plenty of animals, a mini World’s End and Bakers Falls.
Before you Go:
If you do decide to visit World’s End, make sure you pack some warm clothes as it can be quite chilly early in the morning. We packed a blanket from our hotel which made the tuk tuk ride much more bearable! Another thing to consider is asking your hotel or guesthouse to prepare you a packed breakfast. Be sure not to bring anything wrapped in plastic though because this will be confiscated before entry into the park.
There are no safety railings at World’s End, and there have been a few incidences where people have fallen to their deaths. This might not be the place for young children or the extremely clumsy!
So, is it worth visiting World’s End? In my opinion, if you’re on a tight budget or only have a short amount of time in Sri Lanka, then no. There are so many beautiful (and free!) hikes in Sri Lanka (like Adam’s Peak) that it would be a shame to waste a morning viewing a wall of clouds. If money isn’t an issue and time is at your leisure, it may be worth visiting because when clear, the view is meant to be spectacular!