Adam's Peak (Sri pada)
Adam's Peak (Sri pada)
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This 7,300 foot tall mountain in the jungle of Sri Lanka is sacred to several different religions!
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  • Mr Happy Traveler
    Kandy, Sri Lanka32 contributions
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    Adam's peak
    Adam's Peak, site of the Sri Pada Adam’s Peak, mountain in southwestern Sri Lanka. It is 7,559 feet (2,304 metres) high and located 11 miles (18 km) northeast of Ratnapura, the capital of Sabaragamuwa province. It is well known for the Sri Pada (Sinhala for “Sacred Footprint”), a hollow that is 67 inches (170 cm) long and 18 inches (46 cm) wide and resembles the print of a human foot. The Sri Pada is venerated by Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, and Muslims. Many pilgrims of all faiths visit the peak every year.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Gayan T
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    Heaven
    Must go loacation in Sri Lanka. I call, you can experiance heaven in this world. Unmatch nature. It's difficult to climb but which give the uniqness of this place. I love to go at least one a year. Should try by eny mean.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 1, 2023
  • Explore Sri Lanka
    Galle, Sri Lanka103 contributions
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    Views were amazing!
    The views were amazing! There are three main routes to the peak, Erathna, Hatton, and Ratnapura. We went from Kuruwita via Erathna (known as Erathna Road) which was nearly 14 kilometers to the peak. You can park your vehicle in the Erathna area and several sweets and clothing shops are there. From Erathna, the walking journey began. No stairs at the beginning, but from Heramitipana junction, stairs began. We took nearly 06 hours to reach Heramitipana from Erathna. Heramitipana is the place where Ratnapura road joins Erathna road. Before Heramitipana, we took a shower from a river called 'Kuru Ganga' aka 'Seetha Gangula', which has clean and clear water.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 29, 2024
  • Birgit P
    Tallinn, Estonia120 contributions
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    Going to see the sunset is okay as well
    While i know everybody wants to see the sunrise, going to see the sunset was a much better decision. Starting in the afternoon, after uv index had gone down a bit, it tooks us 3,5 hours to reach the top. It was really exhausting, but on the way you have many toilets and can buy cold water. Not so many people. Never felt cold. Decent was in the dark, but the path is lighted.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 12, 2024
  • its_like_that
    75 contributions
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    The Stairmaster 3000
    Most westerner tourists want to do this hike at the same time - sunrise, but we didn’t bother and have no regrets. We started after 7am and returned before midday. What we learned: 1. Avoid weekends and full moons, the traffic levels are insane. 2. We heard many stories of sunrises being so crowded that people reached a standstill traffic jam, waited 1-2 hours, barely/never moving, before turning around and leaving. For people who did reach the top or close to it, fog/clouds often impacted seeing the sun rise. 3. It is a very tough hike with the last part of it being constant uphill stairs. Go at your own pace, take breaks when needed, drink plenty of water and an energy drink/coke or two. 4. There is no nice viewing platform at the top, it is a temple. Similarly unlike most hikes there are no nice quiet places to have a rest at. The stops that do exist are often filthy and full of rubbish and already occupied. 5. There are plenty of drink/food/snack vendors along the majority of the route, including some where you can have a sit down meal. Cold drinks are not always available, note if the fridge is actually on. 6. There are toilets available, you’ll often have to pay though it’s not much. 7. There is a swimming spot near the bend in the trail at Seetha Gangula Crossing (not the water you can hear falling right at the bend, but further south on the opposite side of the path to the public latrine complex). Treat yourself, relax your legs, swim with the locals. 8. There's an alternate (and far more friendly) route from Pine’s needle. It is not as crowded and is more of a slope as opposed to constant stairs. 9. Be prepared for the usual staring and whispering as you walk past locals, some will also find it amusing if you're a big sweater like me and throw out the occasional jibe. 10. Not all monks are nice, friendly people.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2024
  • Harshan Eranga
    Pelawatta, Sri Lanka45 contributions
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    Shorts way Hatton trail
    Try this 5.5-mile out-and-back trail near Maskeliya, Nuwara Eliya. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 4 h 56 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are January through May.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 21, 2024
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Jack K
Zurich, Switzerland92 contributions
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Mar 2022 • Couples
My wife and I decided to climb the adam's peak at the end of our trip to Sri Lanka. We had quite high expectations since many travelers posted great pictures and feedback about the climb.
Now our personal experience was the following, we woke up at 2am to try to summit by 6am at the latest. The trip began with a short walk in the village of dalhousie until we finally reached the beginning of the path (Hatton path).
The amount of trash there was just insane, it really looks like a junkyard, people are irrespectful of the nature. We didn't bring any water/food since we were told that everything was available for purchase there (which is true) however the level of hygiene in these shacks is really questionable.
Many locals climbed at the same time than us and while most of them just stare at you, some of the people there were quite scary, my wife fell particularly unsafe when some guys (a group of 10/12 young adults) were circling us, staring at her and yelling at us (we failed to decipher what they said but I doubt that it was any friendly).
Now when you finally reach the summit (after waiting in a queue that can last after 1 or 2 hours), the crowd prevents from seeing anything, unless you spend the night there camping like some of the locals. Even though, the weather is quite misty there so you're unlikely to see this breathtaking view that is advertised everywhere.
That being said, sport-wise it is a good challenge, it is very hard to make it to the top (some people will tell you that 80 years old people make it, it is true however they climb in 8/10 hours, not 2/3 like you will)
Also worth mentioning that we've met fantastic people everywhere else in Sri Lanka and never felt unsafe anywhere else.
Written March 10, 2022
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
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Jan 2020
One of the three pilgrimage sites for Sri Lankan Buddhists, the climb was a very tough slog. We left at 0200, the group making it to the top before sunrise after 0600. There are roughly 5,700 steps, the biggest and most challenging ones naturally near the summit. There is sufficient lighting for the ascent in the dark. It was about 9C in the cold of the night. Some shops were open heading up, many more when coming down, the descent taking 2.25 hours. At the top there was a chance for a quick look at Buddha’s footprint, suggesting a deity of gigantic, rather than human, dimensions. People waited for the sunrise, the cold secondary at that stage. An unusual feature was the shadow of Adam’s Peak reflected on the western side of the mountain top. You will feel the climb in your quads and calves for several days later. This is one of those climbs where there are as many (or more) devotees as tourists so be respectful.
Written February 8, 2020
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Neil perera
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka25 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Business
It is beautiful place in nuwara eliya.and also 74 km far from nuwara eliya.you can go via hatton and rathnapura. You have to climb around 6km. Best time to start climb is around 11 pm. May be it take 3-4 hours depend your speed of walk. When you go at night spend some hours you can see the sun rice in the morning it is very beautiful.
Written January 3, 2020
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nir0sh
Colombo, Sri Lanka953 contributions
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Sep 2020
Sri Pada (Inappropriately mentioned as Adam's peak) is the most sacred peak in the world. Thousand of devotees climb this mountain to worship Lord Buddha's foot print. The season last from December full moon poya day to May full moon poya day.
Officially the gates of foot print (Uda maluwa) are closed in off season but hike in off season carries a great experience.
My latest off season experience occurred in September 2020 amid of Corona threat. We did a night hike along the easiest route-Hatton Sri Pada route. (There are six routes to hike Sri Pada and ultimately only two routes bring devotees to the foot print). We two were the only human existence at that time. There were no lights along the path like season. No shops were open. We slept at an Ambalama and reached Uda Maluwa in early morning with hope of Sun rise. But it was mist and gloomy weather. In off season you can expect torrent rain and thick mist. But the environment is fresh and you can enjoy some waterfalls as well.
Written October 31, 2020
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Birgit P
Tallinn, Estonia120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
While i know everybody wants to see the sunrise, going to see the sunset was a much better decision. Starting in the afternoon, after uv index had gone down a bit, it tooks us 3,5 hours to reach the top. It was really exhausting, but on the way you have many toilets and can buy cold water. Not so many people. Never felt cold. Decent was in the dark, but the path is lighted.
Written March 12, 2024
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its_like_that
75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Most westerner tourists want to do this hike at the same time - sunrise, but we didn’t bother and have no regrets. We started after 7am and returned before midday. What we learned:

1. Avoid weekends and full moons, the traffic levels are insane.

2. We heard many stories of sunrises being so crowded that people reached a standstill traffic jam, waited 1-2 hours, barely/never moving, before turning around and leaving. For people who did reach the top or close to it, fog/clouds often impacted seeing the sun rise.

3. It is a very tough hike with the last part of it being constant uphill stairs. Go at your own pace, take breaks when needed, drink plenty of water and an energy drink/coke or two.

4. There is no nice viewing platform at the top, it is a temple. Similarly unlike most hikes there are no nice quiet places to have a rest at. The stops that do exist are often filthy and full of rubbish and already occupied.

5. There are plenty of drink/food/snack vendors along the majority of the route, including some where you can have a sit down meal. Cold drinks are not always available, note if the fridge is actually on.

6. There are toilets available, you’ll often have to pay though it’s not much.

7. There is a swimming spot near the bend in the trail at Seetha Gangula Crossing (not the water you can hear falling right at the bend, but further south on the opposite side of the path to the public latrine complex). Treat yourself, relax your legs, swim with the locals.

8. There's an alternate (and far more friendly) route from Pine’s needle. It is not as crowded and is more of a slope as opposed to constant stairs.

9. Be prepared for the usual staring and whispering as you walk past locals, some will also find it amusing if you're a big sweater like me and throw out the occasional jibe.

10. Not all monks are nice, friendly people.
Written April 1, 2024
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Jirka Kotek
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
We didn't go for the sunrise and instead started our climb around 11am. We would be able to get to the top in 90minutes, but traffic jam in last section slowed us a lot.
The climb is quite hard. 5200 steps and over 1km of elevation. You really walk on concrete steps all the way, with railings and plenty of kiosks where you can rest, buy refreshments or use toilet.
Views are magnificent although in our day it rained a lot and valley was often not visible.
At the top you must remove your shoes, so count with it.
Written February 14, 2022
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Danushka Geeth D Wijerathne
Kurunegala, Sri Lanka175 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Family
Sripadaya or Adam's peak is place of worship for not only Buddhist for many other religious people from deferent beliefs. The mountain is an amazing place to climb the hike up will take roughly about 4 hours to 5 hours, however on Public holidays or on weekends the hike may take over 12 hours due to crowd's of thousands of worshipers.
Ideally select a day in the middle of the week and up at the top the maximum capacity is not over 50 to 100 people. Night temperature will be low as 8 degrees so be Prepared and take enough water but not to heavy back packs.
Written March 5, 2020
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Nimasha vithanage
Yatiyantota, Sri Lanka10 contributions
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Dec 2021 • Family
My family and i have recently started the pilgrimage to sri pada in the cold December at the end of the year 2021 with great devotion. When we doing sri paada karuna the most beautiful sight that caught my eye when we were doing grace was that spectacutar view of the mountain rising from the sun and looking down. " very beautiful " i was told at the time.
Another thing i saw on this trip was definitely worth mentioning. A group of teenagers are collecting rubbisg left by people on the way back to siripa. In fact, it is a virtuous act. This is the same filth that people who worship siripa throw awat. Why do people who come to performa righteous deed collect evil spirits from such deeds? Somehow the faith in the hearts of those young people could be seen in action. After went to courtyard placing the pasaga on the sri paada paadama of the buddha and placing my head on the sales of my feet and worshiping it three times, I then offered the flower lamp and went to one side of the courtyard and saw a very beautiful view. There are so many words to say. The emotional relief felt is high. I wondered hiw lucky we were to be able to worship siri paada from so far away.
Written January 20, 2022
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Themanontheclaphambus
Sydney, Australia23 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
Every time we walked down stairs for the next 3 days we were reminded of Adam’s Peak. We set out a 2am but in the end it only took us 2 hours to get to the top. Whilst that may sound like good news it meant we were huddled on the top in the cold. At 2am it’s definitely shorts and t shirt weather, at 3 am when you are half way up you are sweating but when it’s 5am and you are sitting you may as well be hanging out with Tenzing Norgay. Be like the locals and pack a blanket. The views are nice but it’s more about the experience and the free lactic acid.
Written January 13, 2020
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