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Adam's Peak

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Adam's Peak, or Sri Pada as known in Sri Lanka, is a mountain 2243m high in the south of the central highlands. The mountain features a rock formation that is considered as the footprint of Buddha for Buddhist, Shiva for Hindus and Adam for Muslims and Christians.

The mountain has a path to the top consisting of several thousands steps, many of different heights and uneven. The ascent takes on average 2-3.5 hours and is particularly steep towards the top, although is quite safe as there are hand rails to hold on. Many Sri Lankans make the climb several times in their lives; one can ring the temple bell at the top as many times as one has climbed. Next to this 'Mother Path' there are other, much longer, paths from the southwestern side of the mountains.

The 1400m ascent means a significant difference in temperature as you reach the top, and this is exacerbated by the wind. It is not a hard climb but especially on the way down, leg muscles will be overexerted.

The pilgrimage season period is a particularly busy time to climb; it runs from Full Moon December to Full Moon May. For the 'low' season check current regulations before travelling; for the 2017 season an official ban on night climbing was issued with police checking and issuing fines. At least the many stalls lining the path are not open during the 'low' season, and neither is there proper (neon) lightling along the path. So bringing food and especially water is important if you would climb then. Many people attempt the ascent in the early hours of the morning, with the goal of seeing the sunrise, others climb in the afternoon to see the sundown. In either cases, torches are needed to see at night in the low season, even with full moon. Travelling in groups is always advisable.

At the top the wind is very strong, but the scenery is breathtaking. Clouds lying 500m below hit the mountain and skim over the top, giving a spectacular sight.

Similar to other articles on the Central province, getting there is hard due to the bad state of the roads and the sinuous character of the trail. The scenery is beautiful and mostly unspoilt (2017), but hardly compensates for the hardship of travel.

There are several guest houses/hotels to spend the night, including "Slightly Chilled" that is very friendly towards climbers.

Get in[edit]

The area starting the trail is named the Delhouse bus stand (AKA Nallathanniya and Mulgama on google maps). Delhouse is 2 hours from Hatton.

  • Buses In peak season might be two direct buses from Kandy. Otherwise exists local bus from Hatton. You might be required to change bus in Maskeliya (after around 1.5 hours).
  • Train The nearest train station is Hatton. Then switch to bus, taxi, tuktuk.
  • Taxi. Depending on your negotiation skills, a taxi (7 seats) around LKR2000-3000.
  • TukTuk Depending on your negotiation skills. Around LKR600.

Get around[edit]

  • Walking is recommended as the village is not big.

Get out[edit]

Go back to Hatton. From there you might go:.

  • Nanu Oya - Train Station for Nuwara Eliya
  • Pattipola - Train Station for Horton Plains National from Nuwara Eliya side
  • Haputale - Gateway and Train Station for Horton Plains National; Worlds End
  • Kandy - big town in area
  • Ella

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