Sri Pada (Adams Peak) is a 2,243 meters (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well-known for the Sri Pada – “sacred footprint”, a 1.8 m rock formation near the summit, in Buddhist tradition held to be the footprint of Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Muslim tradition that of Adam.
The mountain is located in the southern reaches of the Central Highlands, in the Ratnapura district of the Sabaragamuwa Province – lying about 20 km northeast of the city of Ratnapura. The surrounding region is largely forested hills, with no mountain of comparable size nearby.
Climbing at night can be a remarkable experience, with the lights of the path leading up and into the stars overhead. There are rest stops along the way.
The pilgrims season to Sri Pada traditionally starts on the full moon of December and ends on the full moon of April. Leave from Jetwing St. Andrew’s after dinner for Adam’s peak via Nanu Oya, Hatton and Maskeliya up to Nallatanniya. Cross the river and start to climb the summit in the night. Rest on the way and walk to the summit to be there early morning. See the beautiful sunrise, the shadow of the mountain of the surrounding area. Return for lunch to the hotel.