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Horton Plains National Park - World's End & Kirigalpoththa Mountain Trail
The World's End
The fort railway station was the place where we started our journey. Even though there were big crowd waiting till the train comes, all of us were able to get a seat fortunately.
We had little chats, singing songs in the first two three hours of our journey and got into sleep. It was 04:30 in the morning, when we get off from Pattipola train station. There were very thick mist at surrounding in the area, we can't see even 5-10 meters distance away from us clearly. Since there is no way to get to the Horton Plains Park at that time, we wait till 05:30 inside the train station. There is waiting room. Then we took a van and went to the park. We have already booked the Maha Eliya Bungalow from the Wildlife department.
World's End Trail
We first went to the bungalow and put our luggage their. Then we went to the park office and show our credentials to confirm the booking. Then we start our journey through Mini World's End, Great World's End, Baker's Falls and came back again to our bungalow at about 15:30. The day was very clear without any mist or rain at the day time. We were able to see the World's end very clearly. There is guardian person for the bungalow and he will make your meals for you after providing the rice, spices and vegetable as you desire. So, after he made our food all ate like they haven't ate for few days. We couldn't go out at the evening since there was a stormy rain. In the same day, one of our office mates came with another group, for camping. We felt sorry for him by seeing the weather conditions which is not good for camping at all. :-)
Next day, we started our journey at about 08:00 in the morning. Our mission was to climb the Kirigalpoththa Mountain. Without much difficulty we were able to climb the top of the mountain. At the beginning there is very clear foot path but with the going you'll have to find your way through the forest. At the last part of this climb, you must go through a very small trail. Both side of this part is a steep and bit dangerous with the thrust of wind. Since there is a very strong wind, we've passed this part very carefully. It was a great feeling when climbed the top of the mountain. You can see the clouds (thick mist) underneath of your stage and time to time the wind carries it and clear the ground area. So take your time at the top and wait till wind clear your vision. With enough sun light you can have nice views at top.
View - Top of the Kirigalpoththa
It took us nearly 11 hours to complete the climb. It was nearly 19:00 when we return to our bungalow. We met our bungalow guardian while on our return. Since we are late, he was going to report that we are missing, to the office. :-) He is such a responsible guy. After we had a wash and the dinner, we all went to sleep.
In the morning, we took two three-wheelers from the bungalow and came to 'Ohiya' railway station. The road is a very beautiful. We took the train from there and came to Colombo at about 18:00. The End.