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Trail Difficulty: Easy | Moderate | Strenuous | Tough
Trail Head: 400m from Pattipola Entrance ofHortonPlainsNational Park on Pattipola – Ohiya road.
Nearest Town: Pattipola Nearest City: Nanu-Oya
Route to Pattipola Entrance ofHortonPlainsNational Park
Route 1 – From Colombo
Colombo -> Awissawella [58km on A4] -> Ginigathhena [53km on A7] -> Hatton [13km on A7] -> Thalawakele [17km on A7] -> Nanu-Oya [17km on A7] -> Black Pool [4km on A7] -> Ambewela [10km] -> Pattipola [6km] -> Pattipola Entrance [5km]
Total Distance fromColombois 185km
Route 2 – From Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya -> Black Pool [6km on A5 & A7] -> Ambewela [10km] -> Pattipola [6km] -> Pattipola Entrance [5km]
Total Distance from Nuwara Eliya is 27km
Route 3 – From Bandarawela
Bandarawela -> Boralanda (Via Hputale or Diyathalawa) -> Ohiya [13km] -> Ohiya Entrance [5km] -> Horton Plains National Park Visitor Center [5km] -> Pattipola Entrance [5km]
Total Distance from Bandarawela is approximately 40 – 45km depending on the route taken to Boralanda
Pattipola Entrance of HortonPlains National Park is accessible by any kind of a vehicle which is not very long (because of hairpin bends).
Trail End: Thotupola Kanda Peak Total Length: 1.3 km
Elevation Gain: 200m (Elevation at Trail Head: 2170m | Elevation at Trail End: 2361m)
Approximate time: 1 hour
Hiking Season: Best months are February to April. July to September is also fairly dry. Avoid monsoon months.
Permit Required: YES. Permit can be obtained from the Pattipola Entrance –HortonPlainsNational Park
Trail to Thotupola kanda will let you experience the unique montane forest ecosystem of Horton plains with minimum difficulty. On a clear day, you will be able to enjoy the breath-taking view of the surrounding savanna and forest patches of Horton Plains from the summit.
Even though Thotupola kanda is the third highest peak inSri Lanka, this trail is easy to tackle since the elevation gain from trail head to the peak is quite small.
The trail head is located on Pattipola – Ohiya road. Walk 400m from the Pattipola entrance of Horton plain National park towards Ohiya. Then turn left on to the trail from the waypoint TP01.
0 to 400m: Enter the trail from the main road climbing few cement steps. As you proceed, the first 150m of the trail will be fairly flat. The trail goes through a fairly dense forest with thick under growth. At around 180m from the trail head a less prominent trail can be seen merging from your right (waypoint: TP02). Do not turn; continue along the left branch which is the more prominent trail.
At around 200m from the trail head, you will experience a slight ascend. After the climb the trail will again become flat. The trails then goes through a slight descend, and at around 400m from the trail head, you will reach an important point where the trail makes a 90 degree right turn (way point: TP03).
400m to 1.3km: As you walk along the trail after making the sharp right turn, you will experience a section with moderate ascend at around 600m from the trail head (waypoint: TP04). You will experience a change in the vegetation pattern as well. The larger trees will disappear and you will be surrounded by smaller bushes and scrubs. This change may be due to very strong winds present in the area.
At around 800m from the trail head, you will reach a point which is somewhat like a small peak (waypoint: TP05). The surrounding will be clear with no trees or large bushes present.
From the small peak mentioned above, the trail climbs down a bit and enters a forest patch. There after the trail become pretty much flat.
At around 1km from the trail head, you will again hit an open area (waypoint: TP06). From this point onwards the climb will be somewhat steep for about 250m. After the climb again an open area will be reached (waypoint: TP07). After this point the trail will be flat until you reach the peak (waypoint: TP08). There is a small radio transmission antenna erected at the summit point.
Tips, Notes & special remarks:
- No water sources are available once you are on the trail. Make sure that you carry enough water with you.
- Fairly strong winds may be experienced at the summit as well as in the sections of the trail which is open without forest cover.
- Some sections of the trail go through thick undergrowth and therefore wearing shorts may not be a very good idea.
|N: dd° mm.mmm’||E: dd° mm.mmm’||Elevation|
|Pattipola Entrace||6° 50.347||80 48.715||2170 m|
|TP01 (Trail Head)||6° 50.121′||80° 48.634′||2193 m|
|TP02||6° 50.129′||80° 48.732′||2209 m|
|TP03||6° 50.169′||80° 48.864′||2246 m|
|TP04||6° 50.101′||80° 48.920′||2264 m|
|TP05||6° 50.050′||80° 48.992′||2313 m|
|TP06||6° 50.002′||80° 49.047′||2300 m|
|TP07||6° 49.984′||80° 49.184′||2359 m|
|TP08 (Summit)||6° 49.982′||80° 49.211′||2361 m|