Adam’s Peak or Sri Pada is one of the highest peaks in Sri Lanka, with its 2, 243m. For Sri Lankans this is a holy place and an important pilgrimage site. According to the Sri Lankan legend Buddha visited Sri Lanka in 550 BC putting his right foot in the northern royal city Anuradhapura and his left foot on the top of Sri Pada mountain. The first man who arrived on the top of Sri Pada was the king Vijayabahu with his troops in the 11th century. This place has religious significance for Hindu people who consider that footprint belongs to Lord Shiva but for Christians as well, who claim that the footprint is Adam’s first step after having been exiled from the Garden of Eden.
This is a spiritual place that has religious significance for many world religions. The piece is its second name and it truly is a unique experience.
Visitors should be well aware that there are approx. 5000 to 6000 steps of climbing till they reach the peak. The climb should start in the middle of the night, around 1am, so that visitors can reach the peak for a breathtaking sunrise. It takes 2-4 hours to arrive to the peak, depending on an individual’s physical fitness.
(!) It is also important to mention that there are bathrooms at every half an hour during the track.
(!) You will be well advised to avoid climbing during national holidays and Christmas time in order to avoid the hosts of tourists flocking to see the sights.
(!) It is also important that visitors bring some warm clothes as it is rather cold on the top. Even if it is not strictly required it would be good to wear long trousers as Adam’s Peak is a holy place.
(!) Visitors should also bring water with them and small amounts of fruit. It is recommendable to make short breaks along the way.