A destination closer to heaven than it is to earth, Adams Peak Sri Lanka is the ultimate prayer of the soul. Aside from all the heart-melting views you’ll see through sun-dappled mists, Sri Pada is cherished for its deep roots in religious history.
There are several fanciful legends woven around this beautiful hilltop attraction. And you’ll hear quite a few versions on the go. You see, Buddhists believe that the footprint here was left by the Buddha several hundred years ago. Meanwhile, Muslims and Christians rock the notion that the footprint belongs to Adam after he was cast out of sweet paradise. And any Hindus you’ll see will vehemently tell you that the footprint was embedded here by Lord Shiva.
Different beliefs nonetheless, everyone agrees on one point; Adams Peak Sri Lanka is definitely a journey you should make at least once in your lifetime.
Sri Pada is a popular hit among both locals and tourists. You’ll find this hill in the island’s central highland regions. The climb is not too difficult; don’t rule out the possibility of sore limbs though! Up and down the hill, you’ll be spending just around 6 hours on the go. But not to worry- there are several places where you can sit down and take a break.
The main highlight of a trip to Adams Peak Sri Lanka is definitely the spectacular sunrise. A vision to dazzle your senses, the color-streaked skies melting away the morning mists is just too perfect. That’s why you’ll have to take a torturously early start in the morning and make it to the top in time to see it.
Try and plan your trip here somewhere between mid-January and May (before the Vesak holidays). This way, you can avoid the endless crowds and enjoy the absorbing experience you’re craving for. Poya holidays and weekends see a lot of buzz, so visit on a weekday if possible. Climbing during the Sri Lankan New Year in April is an absolute no-go, since this is when you can expect half the islands population to come worshiping.
You’ll need to get to the little town of Dalhousie and start climbing from there. If you’re in Colombo, just hop on a train or bus to Hatton, and then take a tuk-tuk to Dalhousie. We promise, the views on the way are absolutely beautiful.
As we said before, you’ll have to get a torturously early start if you want to see the sunrise at Sri Pada. Plan to start sometime after midnight, so you have lots of time to get up there at a healthy pace. There’s no point in wearing yourself out before you even get there. A fair number of people start their journey to Sri Pada at this time, so you have no worries on your way up. You’ll likely see people from all around the planet and you’re to make new friends by the time you reach the top.
Even in the early hours of the morning, it’s not too challenging a trip to manage. You’ll have thousands of crumbling stone steps, a steady protest in your limbs and smiling faces all around to help you get there. Be sure to rest yourself at a few of the available rest points so you have energy for the trek downhill.
You’ll be ravenously hungry with all the enticing mountain air and the climbing you’re doing. There are a few places where you can get snacks and water, but we suggest you pack your own. The food just gets pricier the closer you are to the top. You can buy these from town before you start climbing Adams Peak Sri Lanka.
You might also need to have a scarf or sweater handy while waiting for the sunrise, because it can get really chilly up there. Wear sensible shoes that you’ll be comfortable in. The way down is a bit difficult and even tiring, and we’d prefer if our readers reached the bottom with all limbs intact! Once you’ve seen the glorious sunrise, try to make your way down before the sun begins its routine scorching. You’ll find a sprinkling of several nice hotels in the area where you can stay a couple days if you want to explore around town.
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