End Lodge: Centre of execursions
Out of many destinations, adventure places,
exotic locations or even beaches, Horton Plains is the most outstanding
and unique place in Sri Lanka.
Though it is situated in one of the most beautiful
and enthralling heights, Sri Lanka is not marketing it in a proper
|Front view of the Lodge
Apart from the sanctuary and the popular World's
End, Department of Wildlife, has no proper place of lodging to hundreds
of guests visiting the venue daily.
'World's End Lodge', which has 4500 elevation,
is located in Lower Ohiya, the Southern drop of the Plains.
'World's End Lodge' is one of the oldest places
in the region, dating back to 1986. The Lodge is situated on the
original road leading to World's End in Horton Plains overlooking
the misty edges of the Plains.
'World's End Lodge' is just four and half hours
drive from Colombo on Badulla Road. The turn off is at 177th km
post, just before Haldumulla Town.
This short four km narrow winding road is one
of the original roads towards Horton Plains, a remote wild windswept
plateau, the highest in Sri Lanka first discovered by Sir Thomas
Farr, an English Planter in 1890.
'Once this had been a good road used by horse
carts but now reduced to only a foot path after a bridge has been
washed away in the 1940s. Follow the telephone posts as the path
wriggles along some breathtaking scenery with a steady accent and
you will come to a virtual stop after about 1.5kms' said Angelo
Dias Wanigasekera, the Resident Manager of the 'World's End Lodge'.
|Resident Manager Angelo Dias Wanigasekera
The Lodge has 16 rooms in three different structures.
The original Bungalow has four rooms and World's End Lodge, which
was built later, has seven well appointed rooms. The latest addition
is five roomed 'Eagle's Nest'.
'This is our new wing, which is just eight months
old. This has separate dinging area, roof top balcony, and lobby
with TV and bar area' he added.
All rooms are in perfect harmony with elegant furnishing,
design and style with English type bathrooms. The private verandah
has a bird's eye view of Southern Sri Lanka.
On a clear day guests can see Kirinde light house,
Chandrika Weva, Uda walawe, Dondra and Deniyaya too' 'Nearly 40
pax including children can be accommodated in the hotel. And our
cuisine includes wide array of eastern and western dishes prepared
by our master chef Indika' Wanigasekera said.
|The WEL Team
'If you are tired of having your meals inside why
not inquire about having a private B.B.Q. with a bon fire by the
poolside, weather permitting' he added.
The garden fresh vegetables comes to the kitchen
from the hotel vegetation. Apart from the food and the location,
the attraction is the spring water swimming pool.
'World's End Lodge' is popular as a central point
for excursions, trekking and adventure activities.
Horton Plains is the popular trek, which is a whole
one day affair from the hotel. 'Even if you go half way you will
be rewarded with a magnificent view perhaps one that is even better
than the one from World's End cliff edge' he added.
There are numerous paths inside hotel's 140-acre
private jungle land to walk along. All these nature walks are absolutely
safe and very interesting. In all the streams the water is safe
'You can also climb the mountain right behind the
Lodge. Unless you are a good mountaineer do not go beyond where
the path ends. On a clear day if you climb up early morning you'll
be able to view the sunrise from the East Coast of Sri Lanka' said
Bambarakande Falls (790), the highest in Sri Lanka;
accessible by road is also an interesting trek for the energetic.
For a day's outing the hill country resort towns
of Nuwara-Eliya and Bandarawela are only a few hours drive.
'Diyaluma, Dunhinda and Ravana
falls are also interesting places to visit. If you pass Haputale
do not forget to visit Adisham, a Benedictine monastery once a Castle
in England now rebuilt here'
The World’s End Lodge is own by businessman