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Hiking in Horton Plains Borders via Rail Tracks (Private Day Hike)

Ohiya, Sri Lanka
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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Follow Sri Lanka’s highlands railroads and jungle paths to the Horton Plains National Park on a private 9.5-hour hike from Pattipola. With a guide, follow the trackside path from Pattipola station and traverse Sri Lanka’s third-longest railway tunnel, entering in the dry region and exiting in the misty wet region. Then, enjoy panoramic mountain-and-valley views as you climb through the jungle to the Horton Plains’ borders. Medium-difficulty trek with lunch, refreshments, and backup vehicle included.
  • Private full-day guided hike to the edges of Horton Plains National Park
  • Hike by the railtracks of Pattipola surrounded by highland views
  • Medium-difficulty trek with picnic lunch, refreshment stops, and back-up vehicle included
  • Recommended from January to March, and also available from June to August
Greet your guide at Pattipola railway station and after an introduction, set off alongside the railroad. Wear comfortable shoes and bring clothes for warm, windy, or rainy conditions.

At 6,240 feet (1,891 meters), Pattipola station is Sri Lanka's highest, so the tracks afford fabulous views. Take refreshment stops, and after a 1.9-mile (3-kilometer) walk, reach Tunnel 18, the island's highest and third-longest at 1,079 feet (329 meters), and its darkest for narrowing at one end.

The tunnel is also unusual for bridging Sri Lanka’s dry and wet regions. The entrance enjoys comparatively dry and clear weather while the other end lies in the highlands, and is often cloaked in mist and rain.

Admire the spectacular highland views at both tunnel mouths and after exiting, continue to Ohiya station. Refuel here with a picnic lunch of pasta, boiled egg, sausages and fruit before trekking on to Horton Plains National Park.

Climb a steep-yet-beautiful jungle path for 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) before hiking through the lush Ohiya region, taking photos and enjoying awesome mountain and valley views on route.

Your 8.6-mile (14-kilometer) hike then finishes at about 5pm at the edges of Horton Plains.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Horton Plains National Park
You will be starting your Railroad Hike at 7:30am from the Pattipola Railway Station. The station itself is special in that it is the highest railway station in Sri Lanka, lying 1891m above sea level. Your hiking guide will be giving you a brief description of the hike and route. He will explain the safety procedures as well. You will be leaving for your hike at 7:45am. The entire hike will be 14km long. You will be stopping for breaks every 1.5km to refresh yourselves with energy bars and water. You will have a qualified hiking guide and first aid professional in your team. There will also be an emergency transport vehicle following you. After hiking 3km along the railroads, you will be coming upon the ‘tunnel of importance’, Tunnel 18. Tunnel 18 is the third longest railway tunnel in Sri Lanka at 321.95 m. It is also highest from sea level, and the darkest as one end is quite narrow. However the special feature about the tunnel and its secret lies in its location. Tunnel 18 is perfectly placed to bridge the border between the wet zone and dry zone of Sri Lanka. This means that you enter the tunnel during comparatively dry and clear weather and exit the tunnel into mist and rain. In Sri Lanka, the only place this magical experience occurs is at Tunnel 18. The views from the tunnel mouths are also spectacular. After passing through Tunnel 18 you will be walking a few kilometers further along the railroad before reaching the Ohiya Railway Station. You will be getting there by approximately 1:00pm and will be having a picnic lunch at the station. Lunch will consist of spaghetti or macaroni, a boiled egg, fried sausages and tropical fruits. After lunch you will start your trek to Horton Plains National Park. You will be first climbing through the jungle for the first 2km. This part of the hike will be somewhat strenuous. After exiting the jungle you will be hiking through Ohiya area which lies next to Horton Plains National Park. The area sports some of the best scenic views in Sri Lanka. You will be stopping along the way for some evening refreshments, such as chocolate slabs, dates and etc. After the break and possibly a few photographs, you will be continuing on to Horton Plains National Park borders. You will reach your final destination at 5:00pm, completing your hike. SKU: LK60070500
Duration: 10 hours 
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