Adam's Peak (Dalhousie) Sri Lanka
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Adam’s Peak is also known as Sri Pada. It is one of Sri Lanka’s most important religious pilgrimage sites for over a thousand years. It is known to Christians as the place where Adam first set foot on earth.
To Buddhists, Sri Pada (Sacred Footprint) is the place where Buddha took his last step before reaching paradise. There is a huge footprint in the temple at the top of the mountain that is speculated to be that of St. Thomas or Lord Shiva, though no one knows for sure. One thing for sure, Adam’s peak should be part of your tour of Sri Lanka. A self challenge to climb the steep steps before you ,and a truly worthwhile experience making to the top for the sunrise. This shouldn’t be missed!
The climb begins in Dalhousie and is about 14 km (9 miles) total up and back. The path is well lit up and lined with stalls selling food water, hats and souvenirs.
Depending on what time you leave and how fit and strong you are we recommend getting to the peak around 5:45 am
At a slow pace it can take a climber over 3 to 3 1/2 hours
At a medium pace it can take around 3 to 2 ½ hours
At a fast pace it can take around 2 to 2 ½ hours.
Once reaching the top you will see many local Sri Lankan people huddled together staying warm and patiently waiting for the sunrise.
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