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Adams Peak

The mountain Sri Pada, which has pilgrims from the Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, and Hindu faiths, is located deep within the island’s hill country. Each group of visitors has a different story to share about the sacred footprint that once stood atop the mountain. The peak months of the season, which lasts from December to May, are when the majority of pilgrims ascend: January and February. Don’t forget a torch if you intend to climb in the off-season because the most popular Hatton trail is not lit at that time.

Starting from the village of Nalatanye, the Hatton route is the quickest and most frequent way to reach the mountain. Erroneously, a lot of websites, particularly German ones, recommend starting at Dalhousie, which is not well-known among locals. The traditional route to the summit begins in Ratnapura and requires a longer, seven-hour ascent. In order to see the rising sun on the 2240 m-high summit, the majority of pilgrims begin their ascent of the mountain in the shape of a sugar loaf late at night. The impressive view can be reached after more than 5000 steps of varying heights. Given that the climb will take 4 to 6 hours, we advise leaving Hatton/Nalatanye at around 1:30 am. Numerous tea shops offering a variety of snacks are located all the way to the top. Take a look at Sri Lankan grandma and papa carrying their babies up barefoot or wearing only flip flops instead of sturdy shoes if you need to push your motivation due to exhaustion. A breathtaking view of the hill country facing the rising sun awaits you at the summit.

Make sure you packed sweaters and windcheaters because it can get very cold and windy on the mountaintop. You are required to remove your shoes for a short while before viewing the famous footprint carved into a stone slab. After walking barefoot on the chilly stone floor, I was relieved to put my socks and shoes back on.

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