The Yala National park and Horton plains
Yala National park is located in the south – eastern of the island. It is a good spot to watch herds of elephants, tigers, reptiles and birds. The park was originally a hunting area, and in 1938 it was declared a national park. It is divided into five main areas; the one we are going to investigate is the West Yala. The latter is home to 35 tigers that are a species endemic to Sri Lanka, and to 135 species of birds. Many of them escaped the harsh European winter for the island of prevailing eternal summer. Landscape is similar to the African Savannah, with lakes and rocky areas.
The Reserve in Horton plains is located on the midway of south of the island, but not far from the chilly Nuwara Eliya the Tea kingdom (only 32 km away). It is a plateau, 2000 feet high above sea, and it contains one of world’s ancient forests that seems to have emerged from legends. The whole walking route area is separated on different levels of difficulty and used for mountain bikes, horses and other modes as well. It has two mountains side by side on view which are the second and third highest peaks of Sri Lanka.and the plain is above 2100 plus feet from the sea level.
This plateau is more commonly known as the World’s End for so it is at the cliff dropping many feet with almost unrecognizable bottom. And on a misty day one can bewilder as for the vague open before. The temperature could be between 27C on a warm day and 5C in the night on a cold evening. It is preserved as a national park by the government and environment authorities because of many indigenous and exotic fauna and flora in it. Trekking thorough this wild will also lead you the popular Baker’s fall with a scenic view.