Set in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, Horton Plains is unlike any other place in the country and is often compared to the Scottish highlands, for its windswept landscape and cool, wet climate. It is named after Sir Robert Wilmot Horton the British governor of Ceylon from 1831to 1837. Formerly a wildlife sanctuary, the area was declared a national park in 1988. At an elevation of more than 2,000 m (6,562 ft.), the park is situated on the highest plateau in Sri Lanka, with its terrain characterized by undulating grasslands interspersed with dense cloud forests, rocky outcrops and waterfalls. Home to a wild variety of wildlife, Horton Plains also boasts a large number of bird species. However, the key attraction in the park is World' End, a sheer precipice offering panoramic views across the southern part of the island.