Adam's Peak is 2,243 m tall mountain at the south-western corner of the central highlands. Due to its conical shape it is the most spectacular mountain of the island. The Sinhalese name is “Siri Pada”, meaning “holy foot”. Buddhist believe a giant footprint on the very top was left by the Buddha when he visited the island for the third time. So it became one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Sri Lanka, but not only for Buddhists. Hindus believe the footprint is of Shiva. And local Muslims think that it was left by Adam, when he had to leave paradise his first step was on top of this mountain. So this is the place on earth closest to paradise. And whenever you enjoy the panorama you will agree. If you have good luck concerning weather conditions, you will be able to see the triangle shaped shadow of the mountain after sunrise.
Sinharaja rain forest
Kanneliya small rain forest
Pinnawela elephant orphanage
Dry zone south
Yala NP camping-safari
Bundala NP bird watching
Kumana NP birds and wildlife
Okanda village life and beach
Rufus Kulam remote lake
Lahugala NP with heritage site
Gal Oya NP lakeside wildlife
Udawalawe NP wild elephants
Ussangoda serpentine rock
Dry zone north
Minneriya NP elephant gathering
Kaudulla NP elephant gathering
Habarana oxcart excursions
Nelumpure authentic village life
Mihintale ancient sanctuary
Namal Uyana ironwood sanctuary
Rasvehera monastery and wildlife
Tabbowe lake near Wilpattu NP
Horton Plains trekking hotspot
Bambarakanda 240 m waterfall
Adam's Peak pilgrim mountain
Hakgala Botanical Garden
Kitulgala white water and birds
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Meemure village life and trekking
Knuckles Range trekking highlight
Randenigala NP alternative camp
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destination: Adam's Peak
Most tourists climb Adam's Peak from the highland side near Hatton, the so-called Nallathani route. In this case the starting point will be the village of Dalhousie, where simple accommodation is available. The stairway is said to have 4800 steps. You should start climbing about 2.00 or 3.00 am in the morning. Fast sportsmen will manage to reach the top within two hours. But normally guests need 3 or 4 hours, depending on how many breaks they take. There are tea shops all along the stairway till close to the top, they even serve softdrinks that have to be carried to this height. Medical service is available, too.
You should reach the top about 6.00 am to be able to take part in the sunrise ceremonies. Be aware, weather is usually cloudy in this area. Chances to enjoy the full panorama may be 50 %. Chances to see the triangle shadow are less than 20%.
There are five more routes to the top from the Ratnapura lowland side, they are longer and of even larger height differences. The Palabadalla route from Ratnapura is the classical pilgrimage route since antiquity. The four other routes join the same stairway as the Palabadalla route and meet the Nallathani stairway at the top. So altogether you could have a trekking tour from the lowlands to the higlands via Adam's Peak. Don't miss the correct stairway when starting to climb down, be aware there are two stairways leading to completely different parts of the country not connected directly by any roads!
Anyway, climbing Adam's Peak is strenuous and an experience you will never forget.
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