Adam's peak in Sri Lanka

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Adam's peak (Adam's Peak) or Sri Pada (Sri Pada) or Zamanlarda (Samanala Kanda butterfly Mountain) is a peak height of 2243 meters on the West of the Central mountain part of Sri Lanka (see Adam's Peak on the map of Sri Lanka). Is one of the highest mountains of the island, and one of the most important tourist attractions of Sri Lanka and places of pilgrimage for the faithful of all religions. It is believed that there is a foot print left by God.

Buddhists believe that the trail itself left Gautam Buddha, Hindu God Shiva, Muslims are expelled from Paradise, Adam, and Christians of St. Thomas or the first man on earth Adam. The Sri Lankan residents in Sri rise-fall is considered mandatory at least once in your life. Every year there are thousands of pilgrims to touch the sacred imprint.

No less interesting is the Adam's Peak and tourists. Go here to see the sunrise, and of special interest to lovers of scenery causes the right pyramidal shadow of the peak at dawn. Visit Adam's Peak is free, access is open round the clock.

Пик Адама, Шри-Ланка Adam's Peak

When to go to Adam's Peak

The pilgrimage season lasts from December to may (or rather, since the full moon in December till the full moon in April), and at the same time is the best season for tourist visits. It was at this time most likely to catch at dawn or sunset, clear weather, which is very important. In addition, in the off-season pilgrimage access to the Shrine at the top can be completely closed, however, will not prevent to enjoy the views and watch the sunrise with good weather, of course.

The weather here changes very quickly, and began the climb in clear weather it is possible to go upstairs in the fog and rain, and Vice versa.

Weather at the Peak of Adam, and forecast

  • 02 Nov
    0:00
    +20°C
    1m/s
    RH. 90%
  • 02 Nov
    9:00
    +24°C
    0m/s
    RH. 85%
  • 02 Nov
    18:00
    +20°C
    1m/s
    RH. 96%
  • 03 Nov
    3:00
    +24°C
    1m/s
    RH. 78%
  • 03 Nov
    12:00
    +21°C
    1m/s
    RH. 95%
  • 03 Nov
    21:00
    19°C
    1m/s
    RH. 92%
  • 04 Nov
    6:00
    +26°C
    2m/s
    RH. 71%
  • 04 Nov
    15:00
    +20°C
    1m/s
    RH. 95%
  • 05 Nov
    0:00
    19°C
    1m/s
    RH. 94%
  • 05 Nov
    9:00
    +23°C
    2m/s
    RH. 86%
  • 05 Nov
    18:00
    +20°C
    0m/s
    RH. 97%
  • 06 Nov
    3:00
    +23°C
    1m/s
    RH. 77%

* forecast is based on the local time. Data received https://openweathermap.org. If the dates are outdated, please refresh the page using F5+Ctrl.

Note that in the period of the pilgrimage are allocated to special days. These are the days of full moon Poya Days, and at this time, believers find it necessary to visit the Shrine. At this time, pilgrims on the rise so much that the stairs formed human traffic, and on top it is simply impossible to get to the dawn or the sunset, unless you move out the way much in advance and will take place at the top. We would recommend to avoid lifting at this time. Here is the schedule Poya Days for the next few years:

  • 19 may 2019
  • 12 Dec 2019
  • 11 Jan 2020
  • 9 Feb 2020
  • March 9, 2020
  • April 8, 2020
  • 7 may 2020
  • 30 Dec 2020
  • January 29, 2012
  • Feb 27, 2012
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • APR 27, 2012
  • May 26, 2012
  • Dec 19, 2012

How to climb Adam's Peak

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 (but they are not required, it is easy to climb without them), or to receive instructions for the lift, and right away go on the route. To do in the village itself, Dalhousie absolutely nothing, this is only a transit base before climbing to the top. See a detailed guide to the village of Dalhousie here...

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The ascent is quite difficult, because the possible shortest route from Dalhousie will have to overcome a distance of about 5 km to a height of about 300 floors, almost 1000 meters, and at the time it may take 3-5 hours one way. 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 at 2 a.m. (if you are physically well prepared and will not be human traffic jams on the way up, then you can go at 3 in the morning ) to 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 (see calendar above), the rise is so loaded that even if you go out at midnight, there is a chance to get stuck in a traffic jam and just stand on the stairs until dawn.

The exact time of sunrise at the Peak of Adam today: 05:57
Пик Адама, Шри-Ланка Adam's peak by night

Lift completely runs on a wide well-equipped ladder, any bad sites there. Stairs and one up and down. All along the way to the top where temples and shrines, cafes, trays with food and drinks, toilets (paying 20 rupees), all have lighting. But not in the pilgrimage season (June to November) almost all the shops and cafes are closed, the light extinguished. This time be sure to take a headlamp to keep their hands free.

Пик Адама, Шри-Ланка Stairs

When you reach the top, you will need to take off their shoes, as it is a sacred place. Shoes can be left on the stairs, but if you're worried, take her bag and place in the backpack. After that on your feet is better to wear socks because the night is cold, the concrete floor is also very cold. Generally, the top is pretty cool and a warm sweater or jacket required, but the locals rise up in hats and gloves.

At the top is the Shrine with the imprint of the stupa of the Buddha, which could see anyone, but the pictures of the thumbprint is strictly prohibited. The Shrine is located on a small fenced area.

Пик Адама, Шри-Ланка The area with the Shrine

After you view it, you need to leave the area to take place to meet the sunset, because it wait for the dawn denied. Best to determine in advance the place and take it, because people, even in the off-season of pilgrimage arrives quite a lot. The most convenient places are immediately to the left of the entrance is the Shrine to the left on the long steps.

Пик Адама, Шри-Ланка The most convenient place to meet the dawn

After you greet the dawn, move to the other side of the court to look at the beautiful pyramidal shadow of Adam's Peak.

Пик Адама, Шри-Ланка The shadow of Adam's Peak

How to get to Adam's peak

To climb Adam's Peak the best from the village of Dalhousie (Dalhousie), reachable only by bus or taxi. 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 may) to Dalhousie can run direct buses from Colombo, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya, in another case, will have to get a transfer bus or tuk-tuk in Hatton (Hatton).

To get with the comfort and direct, you can order ready-made tourist Shuttle service (taxi) from the airport to Colombo or other places of Sri Lanka by using the search box from Kiwitaxi:

How does a transfer bookingDetails >
Поиск трансфераFind the right route
Бронирование онлайнBooking a transfer online
Встреча водителемThe driver meets you at the airport or at the station

All buses in Dalhousie arrive and depart from the bus station (the station on the map). This conditional bus station, in fact just stop for local buses. In the daytime it always expect buses to Dalhousie and Maskali. From it to anywhere in the village within easy walking distance.

Деревня Далхаузи, Шри-Ланка Bus station in Dalhousie

And now more about each of the ways to get in Dalhousie:

  • By train

    The nearest railway station is in the town of Hutton. It is on the railway line running from Colombo through the hill country to Badulla, accordingly, the direct train you can reach from Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Haputale, Badulla and other mountain towns. From other parts of the country will have to go by train with a stopover in Colombo.

    However, note that the trains in the mountain of Sri Lanka is very slow, and it is better to leave on the earliest flight. Check the timetables on the official website of the Railways of Sri Lanka https://eservices.railway.gov.lk

    On arrival at Hatton with the railway station will need to finally get to Dalhousie. Here is constantly on duty tuk-tuk drivers who offer a ride from 2500 rupees (approximately 874.98 RUB, refer to the currency of Sri Lanka) for the entire tuk-tuk in the pilgrimage season and in low season you can bargain even for 1200 rupees.

    Much cheaper and can be reached by local public direct bus to Dalhousie. These buses depart after each arrival of the train right from the exit from the railway station to the left, there are 84 rupees (2019), about one and a half hours. If this bus during the low season will not appear, then you can walk 10 minutes or take a tuk-tuk for 100 rupees to the bus station to Hatton, and then catch a local bus to Maskeli where to take the bus to Dalhousie. Buses on these routes often go in the day time, so you can be reached in 2 hours.

  • By bus

    Unfortunately, direct buses to Dalhousie from major cities and resorts of Sri Lanka is almost there. In the pilgrimage season at Adam's Peak there is one bus a day from Colombo (departing 08:45 from Colombo and in the opposite direction), and sometimes run direct flights from Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. In other cases, you need to go to Hatton or Mascali where you will need to take a tuk tuk or bus to Dalhousie.

    Hutton is a major transport hub with a large bus station, and here during the day frequent buses from Nuwara Eliya (RS 95, on the road for 2 hours, depart every 15-30 minutes), Colombo (from 380 rupees, in the way of 5-6 hours, go approximately every 30 minutes ), Kandy, Negombo. There are flights from other cities, but the exact schedule of departure is unknown to us.

    With resorts of the South and West coast (Hikkaduwa, Bentota, Mirissa, etc.) to Hatton fastest you can get on the Express bus on the new highway to Matara has Kaduwela (Kaduwela), which during the day often go from Matara and Galle (buses cost from 460 rupees, very fast). In Kaduwela on the bus will have to change to direct passing or a bus from Colombo to Hatton.

    Upon arrival at the bus station in Hatton to Dalhousie can be reached by tuk-tuk for RS 2500 in the pilgrimage season and in low season you can bargain for 1200 rupees. Cheaper can be reached by local public direct bus to Dalhousie. These buses depart after each arrival of the train/railway station Hutton and pass through the bus station, there are 84 rupees (2019), about one and a half hours. But I want to wait for the direct bus there, and often faster to get on the bus with a transfer in Mascali. Buses to Mascali and later in Dalhousie are frequent in the daytime, so you can be reached in 2 hours.

Another popular route of ascent is 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.

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admin 30 November, 2017
The site presents guides to Central cities and sites of Sri Lanka:
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Pidurangala
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Adam's Peak
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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. ...