Moon Plains, also known as Sandathenna, is a 400-metre long, 40 metre deep valley in Ranhawadigama, about 6km from Nuwara Eliya. What was once part of a catchment area, Moon Plains is now a notable Agricultural and Environmental Tourism Zone since March 2014.
The green slopes and greying backdrop is something straight out of a portrait, with wild animals running about hither and thither. You can spot deer, buffalos and more at Moon Plains, along with dozens of bird species. In fact, Sri Lankan leopards have been spotted in this region, so you might want to keep your eyes peeled if you want to catch a glimpse of the elusive spotted predator!
Standing at a surface elevation of 6,200 ft, Moon Plains can get chilly and misty, so you need to watch your step! It also provides visitors with an amazing panoramic view of the countryside and peaks that surround it, but again, this depends on the visibility during the day. A key attraction at Moon Plains is the ‘Mini World’s End’, a peak with a sharp drop, offering you a stunning look at the landscape below.
The park is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding Poya days and other religious holidays, and the entrance fee is Rs. 400 per person, whereas a jeep can be hired for a 1-hour tour at about Rs. 2000, fitting in up to seven people. You could even take a bicycle up there as the terrain is perfect for cycling!