Adam's Peak

Situated in the center of Sri Lanka, Adam’s Peak is also known locally as Sri Pada. This is one of Sri Lanka’s natural landmarks that has attracted a lot of attention for decades. The peak is surrounded by untamed wilderness; gushing waterfalls gives the most astonishing views. Adam’s peak has been in the spotlight for having the depression that resembles a footprint at the summit. This has been claimed to be the footprint of Lord Buddha by the Buddhists and of Lord Shiva’s by the Hindus, while Muslims believe it to be of Prophet Adams. Hence Adam’s Peak holds many religious values and has brought many people on pilgrimage.

Groups of people can be seen crowding to climb Adam’s peak during its season as it is not advisable to climb the mountain trails during the monsoon season due to its hazardous nature. The journey to ascend the peak usually starts late at night, so that you can reach the peak by dawn just in time to get the magnificent view of the sky.

There are six trail routes to Adam’s peak; Ratnapura-Palabaddala, Hatton-Nallathanni, Kuruwita-Erathna, Murraywatte, Mookuwatte, and Malimboda.


This is the most common and comparatively short route used to start trekking. People often take this route during the season, even though it is the steepest. The trail is aided and well paved. You can get an incredible view of the mountains and valleys along this trail, but the course gets intense closer to the peak.

It is a seldom-used intense trail but with the best sight to see. Part of the trail is through the forest, and abandoned tea beds make it much more adventurous as well. You do find resting places with a river chilling as the ice. Along with this trail, you do meet the Ratnapura- Palabaddala trail and eventually join the Hatton- Nallathanni trail.


This is the trail frequently used to descend Adam’s Peak. It does intersect with the other trails at a point. The trail is less steep and makes it quite easier to come down. Murraywatte, Mookuwatte, and Malimboda trails are very rarely used, and they intersect with the Ratnapura trail.

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