Adams Peak


This is one of the holiest of the holy mountains of the world. Buddhists the world over believe that the foot print on the peak is that of Lord Buddha. The Hindus say it’s that of Lord Siva. To the Muslims it’s the foot print of Adam. The Christians too agree that it belongs to Adam while some say it’s that of St. Thomas the early apostle of India. Whichever way you look at it it’s a unique mountain. For thousands of years pilgrims have scaled up to the peak for prayer and worship. Due to the adverse climatic conditions surrounding this mountain the trekking season begins at the end of December and continues up to April when the north-east monsoon breaks over the island. To get to the mountain the train from Colombo takes you up to Hatton and from there is a distance of 33kms to the south-west by bus to the small town known as Dalhousie which is the starting point of the climb. There is another route from Ratnapura via Kuruwita which is a tougher climb which some devotees prefer. Most pilgrims trek up the mountain in the night as they consider it less tiresome. As the paths are lit up and the steps renovated the whole exercise is not difficult. Many who climb up to perform their religious observances wait for the first rise of dawn to witness the Golden Sunrise. John Still, the great English writer, said, “the peak is the most venerated and the most reverenced cathedral of the Human race”.

The Sacred character of this mountain-peak of 7,360ft and its legends has brought many a visitor from many lands like Alexander the Great, Marco Polo, Ibn Battua, on pilgrimage here. The trails and traditions along these routes are as old as time itself, with legends so hoary that history has no knowledge of them. History of Adam’s peak runs back to 2100 years to the reign of King Valagambahu (104 – 76 BC) who made the discovery of the sacred foot print during his exile in the mountain wilderness.d
The primeval forest which surrounds the peak is known as the peak wilderness, the grandeur of its ruggedness and its rushing waters falling from dizzying heights to form stunning waterfalls. Off season climbing of Adam’s Peak is more rewarding as you will not have any human contact but is considered extremely hazardous during the monsoon season from May to August. December to May is considered the season of Adam’s Peak.


The Adams peak trail except in certain place is an intense and continuous climb. The trail follows through forests and abandoned Tea fields therefore its broader though note that except in most difficult of places steps aren’t available. Passing “waranagala” one could see the Waranagala falls which best seen during off season, across the bridge and trail along the right side of the forest which brings you to the rocky bed of the water fall and several inviting water pools.
As you walk along you’ll pass the “Ambalama” or the resting place at “seethagangula” meaning icy-river a great place to chill but mind you the water is VERY chilly! From here the forest thickens till you get to the Medahinna Temple a Buddhist shrine. Around 09km or so from the starting point you’ll find the next resting point known as “Idikatupana” a great place to witness the sunset. Further on you’ll join up with another trail leading from Ratnapura town at “Galwangediya” resting point.
From here the trail joins up with the Hatton-Maskeliya route and proceeds to the summit together.


Approach is via Ginigathhena- Hatton road, this being the most popular trail, it is well paved for the most of the way and where the trail climbs up are always aided with well laid cement steps.
As you raise yourself along this trail you will be treated to glimpses of beauty of the surrounding mountains and the valleys, enjoy the views and tackle this section slow and carefully. You are at the final stretch and climb gets intense from here onwards, and at this point you’ll distinguish Adams peak from the rest of the mountains. After tackling some difficult terrain you get to the steepest section yet called “Mahagiridambe” meaning the the great boulder or rock after about another 01km you are at the summit at 1890m MSL.



Adams Peak, SriLanka

Adams Peak, SriLanka