Adam’s Peak is also known as Sri Pada. It is one of Sri Lanka’s most important religious pilgrimage sites for over a thousand years. It is known to Christians as the place where Adam first set foot on earth. To Buddhists, Sri Pada (Sacred Footprint) is the place where Buddha took his last step before reaching paradise. There is a huge footprint in the temple at the top of the mountain that is speculated to be that of St. Thomas or Lord Shiva, though no one knows for sure. One thing for sure, Adam’s peak should be part of your tour of Sri Lanka. A self challenge to climb the steep steps before you. A truly worthwhile experience making to the top for the sunrise. This shouldn’t be missed! If the weather is cloudy it’s still remarkable to imagine how long it must have took to build the temple at the top. You can even climb in low season. It’s still open apart from the footprint. The climb begins in Delhousie and is about 14km (9 miles) total up and back. The path is well lit up and lined with stalls selling food water, hats and souvenirs during the high season. You can still climb in low season but lights are not turned on. The weather can still be fine but even in high season the weather is in the hands of the Gods. Sadly due to poor regulations the path is starting to look bad due to people leaving their rubbish on the path. Please bring your rubbish back with you and we’ll be happy to discard it for you. Depending on what time you leave and how fit and strong you are we recommend getting to the peak around 5:45 am
At a slow pace it can take a climber over 3 to 3 1/2 hours At a medium it can take around 3 to 2 ½ hours At a fast pace it can take around 2 to 2 ½ hours. We’d be happy to make an assessment on your body and age the night before the climb! Once reaching the top you will see many local Sri Lankan people huddled together staying warm and patiently waiting for the sunrise. We STRONGLY suggest you plan your trip here during the week in the high season as many locals visit on weekends.