Adam's peak in Sri Lanka

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Adam's peak (Adam's Peak, Adam's Peak) or Sri pada (Sri Pada, the Sacred footprint) or Zamanlarda (Samanala Kanda butterfly Mountain) is a mountain peak with a height of 2243 m., lying on the West-Central part of Sri Lanka (see Adam's Peak on the map of Sri Lanka). Is one of the highest peaks of the island and one of the most important tourist attractions of Sri Lanka. Notable for the fact that in the period lasting from the full moon in December till the full moon in April brings together believers of all world religions. At this time performed a pilgrimage to the mountain to see the foot print left by the legend the God. Buddhists believe that the trail itself left Gautam Buddha, Hindu God Shiva, Muslims are expelled from Paradise, Adam, and Christians of St. Thomas. The Sri Lankan residents in Sri rise-fall is considered mandatory, with enough once in my life. Whatever it was, but every year there are thousands of people to touch their lips to the sacred imprint. The peak of pilgrimage is in January and February months. Tourists are also of great interest to see the sunrise on the Peak of Adam. Of special interest to lovers of scenery causes the right pyramidal shadow of the peak at dawn. But to see the sunrise and view from the top breathtaking views in all its glory, you need to be here during good weather, otherwise it will be hidden by haze and clouds.

Weather at the Peak of Adam, and forecast

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How to climb Adam's Peak

Climb to the top of the mountain is quite heavy, it will have to overcome a distance of about 8.5 km to a height of about 300 storeys or almost 1,000 metres, and by the time it could take 3-5 hours at the bottom side. If you go from Ratnapura, you will have to climb at all at 1800 meters. However, as practice shows, anything is possible, and here rise even elderly pilgrims. Want to see the dawn rise on the top you have to start in 1-2 hours in the morning (if you are physically well prepared and will not be traffic jams on the way up, then you can go on an hour late) for the 6:00 or 6:30 to be in place and not to miss the sunrise. But in the period of pilgrimage, especially at the weekend or in the days of the full moon, the rise is so busy, even at night, on the road to the top may take twice the time.

The exact time of sunrise at the Peak of Adam today: 06:07

For the convenience of climbing stairs exists with the constraints on the edges, along the way you can find rest areas, cafes, traders, different food. At the top of Adam's Peak is pretty cool, so we recommend to bring warm clothes (sweaters, socks, hats).

No need to worry about the accessibility lift at night during the pilgrimage season (December to April), because at this time, the stairs are well lit, is also a point of catering, and the people, by the way, not much less than a day. The rest of the time on the mountain at night almost no one is raised and, accordingly, the benefits of civilization is forgotten, and during the rainy season the climb can be even dangerous. When climbing at night in the off-season pilgrimage must take a lantern, and even better, and the conductor to get to at least the beginning of recovery. Once you get to the beginning of the ascent, marked with gates, getting lost on almost impossible, because the staircase goes all the way up and forward.

Just on the top there are five ascents from various places. The most popular and a tourist route to the mountain starts from the village of Dalhousie (Dalhousie, also Delhouse also Nallatanniya), where there are hotels and all you need for one night stay. In any hotel Dalhousie you can find a guide or get instructions for lifting, and from here go to the route. To do in the village itself, Dalhousie absolutely nothing, this is only a transit base before climbing to the top.

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How to get to Adam's peak

To climb Adam's Peak the best from the village of Dalhousie (Dalhousie). The closest major tourist city to Dalhousie is Nuwara Eliya, but also relatively close to the city of Kandy and Ella. In the pilgrimage season (December to April) to Dalhousie there are direct buses from Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. In the off-season will have to get there with transfers via Hatton (Hatton).

The nearest railway station is at Hatton, which can be reached by direct train from Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Badulla. Every day here comes (goes) at least five trains. The schedule and cost here:, Further to Dalhatu can be reached by bus or tuk-tuk directly (75 rupees), or with a change in Mascali (Maskeliya).


For those who moved to a rented transport, a Parking.

Another popular route runs from the town of Ratnapura (Ratnapura), but it is much harder. It is believed that it can climb only the true believers, the pilgrims, after all, have to overcome 2000 metres in height and 8 and a half miles along the route. On the rise necessary to take 8-12 hours, which means that if you want to see the sunrise, you need to start lifting hours in 18 of the previous day. What is good on this route – very few people, i.e. you don't have all the time for someone to overtake or pass, both from Dalhousie.

The climb starts directly from Ratnapura, and from the village Siripuram (Siripagama). Before it, in turn, from Ratnapura can be reached by tuk tuk or local bus for 2 and a half hours.

🕐 Time of work: round the clock

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free

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Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 30 November, 2017
The site presents guides to Central cities and sites of Sri Lanka:
The cultural triangle
Adam's Peak
Forest Sinharaja
Nuwara Eliya
The guides will be supplemented.
In this topic you can ask questions and discuss travelling to these places. Changes to the guides are appreciated :SUPER ...
Competent 5 January, 2018
Correct though Pinnawella at Pinnawala. In English, too. ...
admin 5 January, 2018

Thanks for noticing. As it turns out, the first time for you to remember and pronounce then. It was also with Polonnaruwa-Polonnaruwa for a long time myself retrained. ...
AMN Oct 10, 2018
Assalamu Alaikum.
I would like to ask. can I find in Sri Lanka Halal food
thank you.
and sorry for the mistakes ...
admin October, 10, 2018

Hello! Yes, I can, but this kitchen is not very widespread. Looking for Muslim hotels, if they operate such restaurants. ...
Павел112244466 11 November, 2018
Here you write "you can still get from Matara to Bandarawela" what kind of bus? What's the number? As he goes ?? If you write a guide, write all the information or just certain. ...
helka November 19, 2018
Good day, tell me whether in Polonnaruwa storage or where to leave bags if you arrive there in the morning, walk around the Ancient city, and then go by bus to Kandy. ...
admin 19 November, 2018

Not sure what injury is there. Rather rather sure that they are not, because there is the entrance and ticket control on-street storage no. Maybe there is something in the office selling tickets, but it is unlikely that the Sri Lankans before this would have thought of. If you really look for a place where to leave things, it is best to railway station so should be storage, as on all other stations. Well, in case you can try to negotiate for a nominal amount of staff offices for the sale of tickets or to go into the first hotel and the clerk to negotiate. The last version working and tested 100%.
And generally I on your place would think if you can master this route without lodging. I can understand if it's a tour or car with driver. But to come in a new strange city, to find a place where to leave your Luggage, find the cashier, to get to the entrance, navigate through the vast territory... besides, you need something to get around distances. Will have to find a tuk-tuk for the whole day. IMHO, knowing how difficult travel in hot countries, I would come in the evening, slept, and bright and early the next day I began to explore the Park. ...
helka December 2, 2018
Thank you very much for the reply. The fact that we were coming and so in the morning, so will spend the night in Dambulla, and was planning to rent a tuk tuk for the whole day.
About things have already booked a cheap guest house, where they leave it at that. )) And I hope the night will be in Kandy, because if you come to Polonnaruwa in 10 hours then to 16 hours the time I think that would be enough to see the most important thing, especially on a tuk tuk. ...
admin December 2, 2018

Well, in principle Yes, 6 hours on a tuk-tuk. Determine for yourself the most important thing to look at. I hope our guide to Polonnaruwa read. ...

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