Adam's Peak, Sri Lanka: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

Adam’s Peak is a tall, conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is 2,243 high and it is well known for the Sri Pada which is ‘sacred footprint’, a 1.8 rock formation near the summit. In Buddhist tradition, it is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Islamic and Christian tradition that of Adam, or that of St. Thomas.  It is located in the Nuwara Eliya district. There are 6 trails to access the mountain which are Ratnapura-Palabaddala, Hatton-Nallathanni, Kuruwita, Erathna, Murraywatte, Mookuwatte & Malimboda. The Mahawamsa tells how the sacred footprint was imprinted by the departing Buddha on his third visit to Sri Lanka. The site did not become an object of regular Buddhist pilgrimage until the Polonnaruwa period. In addition, the Muslim tradition of a footprint of Adam, first of the prophets, goes back to gnostic sources as early as the Mahawamsa itself. Many Sri Lankans make the climb to Adam’s Peak several times in their lives. The busiest time to climb is from January to March. There is less traffic during the other months. Many stalls lining the path are also not open during the low season. Travelling in groups is always recommended.

Getting There

The village starting the trail is called Dalhousie. It is located three hours from Hatton. There are two direct buses from Kandy to Adam’s Peak in high season. There is also local bus from Hatton. There is a possibility of changing buses in Maskeliya after around 1.5 hours. Travellers can use the train to ge to Hatton and then switch to bus, taxi or tuk tuk. In addition, a taxi from Hatton to Dalhousie costs around Rs 2500 and a tuk tuk costs around Rs 2000.