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Adam's Peak - Sri Pada in Sri Lanka

Adam’s Peak, also known as Sri Pada, is a 2,243m (7,359 ft) mountain in the central highland region of Sri Lanka. Popular for Sri Lankans and tourists alike. The typical climb is started in the middle of the night so you can reach the peak for a breathtaking sunrise.

For Sri Lankans, Sri Pada is an important pilgrimage site. However, The religious significance of Adam’s Peak greatly depends on who you’re talking to...

Buddhists – Footprint mark is the left foot of Buddha
Hindus – Footprint to belong to Lord Shiva
Muslims & Christians – believe it’s Adam’s first step after being exiled from the Garden of Eden.

Whatever your beliefs, waking up in the middle of the night to trek was worthwhile and the sunrise is nothing short of spectacular.


Closest city: Dalhousie
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate 
Elevation: 2,243m (7,359 ft) at the peak. Gain nearly 1,000 meters (3,280ft)
Time Commitment: 5-7 hours
Cost: None

How to reach Dalhousie:

Most people take a train to Hatton and then a bus or tuk-tuk t0 Dalhousie. Hatton can be reached by train or bus from Colombo, Kandy, Ella, etc.