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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Gayan T
    4 contributions
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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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 December 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 January 2024
  • Birgit P
    Tallinn, Estonia95 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 March 2024
  • its_like_that
    75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2024
  • Harshan Eranga
    Pelawatta, Sri Lanka3 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 May 2024
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Harshan Eranga
Pelawatta, Sri Lanka3 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Friends
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.
Written 21 May 2024
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Shan Ragulan
Jaffna, Sri Lanka18 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Family
It gets very busy at the top of the climb and it is hard to get through the crowds to see the sunrise! Definitely worth getting there earlier than sunrise to get a good spot
Written 5 May 2024
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Kell
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Apr 2024 • Couples
Not sure of it was due to the day or date, Tuesday 16th of April. Maybe something to do with post New Years Celebrations. But as we reached 30 minutes to summit, we barely moved due to traffic jam. For around an hour, to the point that we decided it was best to go back down. We left at 2am but there was no chance of us making it up by sunrise, nor did we see any possibility of there being space for the sheer amount of people. We luckily made it down quick enough to watch the sunrise from the roof of our hotel 🤷‍♀️
Written 16 April 2024
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sanjeewa kulamina
Colombo, Sri Lanka19 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Friends
The Sri Pada is a pilgrimage site which has been held sacred by the devotees of four religions namely Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Islamists. Historians agree that this site, even prior to the introduction of Buddhism to the Island, had been a sacred site where the primitive people worshipped the Sun god.

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Written 13 April 2024
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kelum
Kandy District, Sri Lanka1,417 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Friends
Two options- the day time hike and the other more popular one, the night time climb.
Day timer
Leave earliest -7AM the best .There's a time zone between 6am to around 11 am when the cloud ceiling stay way up and above the sky so the scenary and photography would be ideal during the time frame. 7AM start means you can be at the summit by 11am without the need to make it a physical exercise. This is just before the ceiling starts to descend. Better to begin return from the summit by around 12 to be safely back to Nallathanni by 3pm. This could be before the skies open up for afternoon rain. Take water- 2 lilters. Best not to buy water from the shops as we too would be aiding the plastic pollution by supporting the very source of that problem- the sale of PET bottles along the route.

Nighter..
Ideal time to leave Nallathanni would be 12pm, giving you sufficient head way to reach the summit by 4am. The gallery where the much famed sunrise could be viewed AND photographed[ photography is not allowed at the upper tier] is quite small and has room for not more than 100. This place is packed to capacity by 5am. So better not be too smart at starting late. The payment of course is one might need to bear the chill at dawn which could easily be in single digits. But to secure a decent vantage point on that little gallery you need to be seated there by 4am the least. Payback for the pains of the biting cold added by 10kmph winds could be that 45 minute absolute fascination of the sunrise - the finest on earth, so they say. Make sure to move away from the gallery just after the sun reveals itself in full. Head back towards the other side of the summit to see an even more spectacular sight -that of the perfect triangle shaped shadow of Adams Peak- spread over the thin film of morning mist for more than 40 km.
Written 11 April 2024
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Sarah B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I was dreading this due to temperamental
knees but didn't regret it for a second! I have a good level of fitness, a 39 year old gym goer 3-5 times a week so when I say this is easy please bear this in mind.

My heart rate stayed pretty steady throughout (120) with a slight increase on the steeper spots.

Some tips from me;

1. DIFFICULTY: I'm not silly enough to think this would not be tough for some people and I definitely saw people struggling but if you go slow you will be fine. The first half is pretty wide steps, quite a nice walk and then yes lots of steep steps.

2. DURATION: We went at a pretty slow pace, left at 02:30 and was at the summit for 05:00, we stopped off a few times for 5-10 mins and it felt like a nice walk. (remember to add any walking time from the hotel on to this time) it took us about 2 hours to get back down. So with stopping at the top (1hr) we did it in 6 hours. Again remember we did this relatively slow, you could do it faster if you wished 🙂

3. COLD: It is cold at the top, I'm an English girl I had shorts on but did have to put a hoodie on, if I stayed any longer than the 10-15 mins I was up there I would have needed to layer up more

4. SLEEP BEFORE: There were so many people sleeping on stairs on the way down, clearly they had stayed up the night before, this could be due to the challenge they set themselves for their pilgrimage but if you don't have stay awake don't! We went to sleep at 20:00
The night before waking up at 01:00 and we felt very fresh

5. WATER: Drink a litre before you go it will help with your breathing loads, I drank approx 2 litres from a water bladder whilst walking. I saw so many people struggling with water bottles whilst walking - if you can take a bladder do!

5. ATTIRE: Until about the last 30 mins I had some gym shorts and a crop top, I wore hiking shoes too (God send), towards the end it was cold and I wore a hoodies as mentioned above. I have dicky knees so wore knee straps the entire duration and didn't get any serious pain throughout.

6. WHEN TO GO: We went on the 9 April just before the children broke up for the new year which was also a weekday it was absolutely fine, no real problems. I have heard there are lots of crowds weekends and holidays!

7: THE SUMMIT: If you are religious great I think you will like the top, for me I'll be honest, I wasn't going to stay for more than 10 mins, photos are prohibited and it was rapidly building up with people. Just you reach the summit you will need to remove your shoes, I have heard they can go missing so we put ours in our bag.

I was also asked asked to cover shoulders/knees to enter the shrine that is there. I couldn't see where I could have taken a photo when sunrise did come so we rang the bell and quickly started to descend before sunrise.

8: SUNRISE: We walked down a flight or two of stairs and sheltered in a cafe until sunrise (the cafe was the first one we came too on our descent down) we bought a couple of bars of chocolate and they let us sit in their tent which had windows so we could see when the sun started to rise. When the sun started to come up we started to walk down the stairs and there were many places we could stop on the way to take photos. I have no idea why anyone would freeze at the top (unless for religious reasons) when there didn't appear to even be a viewing platform to see the sunrise.

9. MONEY: Food and drink is cheap. Although we had nothing other than packaged or bottled due to being warned away as food is cooked in river water. A bottle of coke was a £1 a chocolate bar 80p. HAVE TO PAY FOR TOILETS Rs50 (about 13p) so don't forget to take some small notes 🙂

In summary yes it could be tough if fitness level is low, take your time, avoid peak times but enjoy! Lots to see especially on the way down, stunning views and a real
accomplishment! ❤️
Written 9 April 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 1 April 2024
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Birgit P
Tallinn, Estonia95 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 12 March 2024
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Gila E
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Business
We did the shortest trail from Dalhousie on a "normal" night (no weekend, no holidays) from Sunday to Monday in February. The crowd was still horrific! Our host from the guesthouse told us, the night before 500 000 (!) people did the climbing. And already there is enough information about the steep steps and the countless trash everywhere along the way.
But I want to share the insider tip of an alternative (and a little easier) route we got from our host. With this knowledge we could make it up to the top to see the sunrise. So at the "point of needles" you need to turn right (the red line in the picture) - away from the crowd - instead of going straight ahead (the purple line). You'll find an unpaved way with soil and larger stones - this is the right one, just follow it. It's about 20 minutes longer than the usual one, but less exhausting. And don't forget to take a torch with you, because there isn't any light.
Written 19 February 2024
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Katarina O
Dubai, United Arab Emirates67 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Disappointing experience climbing Adam's Peak. Despite starting our ascent at 1 am, earlier than recommended, we spent 3 hours stuck in a crowd that barely moved. After 7 hours of climbing and still not reaching the top, we had to give up due to freezing temperatures and exhaustion. While the physical challenge was expected, the lack of progress and unbearable cold made it unbearable. Avoid weekends to avoid the crowds
Written 12 February 2024
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