Adam's Peak

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A popular pilgrim site that is accessible via Hatton and Ratnapura.

Adam’s Peak or commonly known as the Siri Pada is one of the most popular pilgrim sites in Sri Lanka. Its popularity extends to all communities regardless of religion and is also well-known for its scenic topography. The mountain towers over a height of 2,423 metres and has the shape of a footprint at the zenith, whose significance has touched the lore of almost all religions practiced in the country. Even if you aren't a believer, the journey and the awe inspiring view upon reaching the top, especially the sun rise, is something that should not be missed. There are six routes in total, though only three are used, from which a trekker or pilgrim can reach the Adam’s Peak. The Hatton route is the most preferred and said to be the easiest. Another route that is commonly used is the Ratnapura-Palabaddala road, known as the Raja Mawatha, the king’s road, which is believed to have been used since the ages of the kings. However, if one loves a challenge: the Kuruwitta-Erathna road, which is hardly used will provide a sufficient trial. 

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Venue name: Adam's Peak
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Hatton
Nuwara Eliya
22000

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Manningalive
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What an experience!  I would recommend this to anyone, irrespective of fitness level.  Set off at 2.30am to arrive before sunrise (it took us 2.5 hours and I’m no Bear Grylls).  You don’t want to get there too early as it gets very cold sitting around.  I was hoping for a moment of quiet reflection at the top but beware during high season there are a lot of tourists competing for prime Instagram location.  For me the most impressive part was not the sunrise itself but the shadow cast by the mountain at sunrise creating a perfect triangle.  Take your time going down, my legs seized up and gave out half way.  A stick will be your best friend.