Located in the south of Sri Lanka’s emerald-green Hill Country, Adam’s Peak stands proud at 2,243 metres tall and has a history spanning back thousands of years.
This scenic landmark is celebrated for its ‘Sri Pada’ ("sacred footprint": a 1.8 metre rock formation near the summit), which draws pilgrims of multiple religions from far and wide throughout the dry season (between the months of December and May). In the Buddhist tradition the footprint is believed to belong to Buddha, in the Hindu tradition it is believed to belong to Shiva, and in Muslim and Christian traditions, it is believed to be that of Adam (hence its name).
The traditional way to climb the peak is by starting your ascent at 2am before dawn breaks. The climb takes approximately 4 hours, depending on your ability. Pass the twinkling lights of small stalls and tea shops on your way up to be rewarded by a spectacular sunrise over the mist-shrouded verdant rural surroundings once you have reached the tiny summit of the mountain. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the mystical ‘shadow of the peak’ in the form of a perfect triangle at this time of day! We recommend taking a breather up here and soaking in the mesmerising panoramic vista before beginning your descent down again as it is a relatively challenging hike (of roughly 5,000 steps).
We highly recommend staying at the beautiful Ceylon Tea Trails’ luxury hotel, in the Dunkeld Bungalow, to experience Adam’s Peak at its best. While staying here, you will be guaranteed the great service provided by Relais & Chateaux properties as well as phenomenal views from the altitude of 4,750 feet.
If you are after an adventurous activity within Sri Lanka's dramatic central highlands, then this holy mountain is definitely worth including into your tour of this wonderful country.
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- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
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