• Cuurate - Horton plains

HORTAIN PLAINS

High grassland plateau is home to the local sambar deer and the 700-metre drop
known as World’s End, which plunges down to the valley floor.
Horton Plains are the headwaters of three major Sri Lankan rivers, the Mahaweli,
Kelani and Walawe rivers and is surrounded by rich biodiversity of flora and
fauna and is the only national park that allows hiking.
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/ SAMBAR DEER /

High grassland plateau is home to the local sambar deer. The Sri Lankan subspecies
of sambar are the largest of the genus with the largest antlers both in
size and in body proportions.

The sambar prefers the dense cover of deciduous shrubs and grasses, although the
exact nature of this varies enormously with the environment, because of their wide
range across southern Asia.

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/ FLORA AND FAUNA /

With nearly 750 species of plants belonging to 20 families distributed amongst
montane grasslands and montane evergreen forests, the plains is a protected area
with over 21 bird species which inhabits only in Sri Lanka. One of the world’s most
endangered primates the ‘Horton Plains slender loris’ is conserved amongst this
region.

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/ WORLDS END /

A sheer cliff with a drop of about 4,000 feet is situated within the national park while
on a clear day the Indian Ocean, which is 81 km away to the south, may be seen.

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