Adam's Peak

Last Updated On November 21, 2021

Adam's peak, one of the most prominent pilgrimage locations in the Indian subcontinent, holds the record of being Sri Lanka's fourth heights mountain, with elevations of 2244 meters. There is probably no mountain in the world more famous than Adam's peak. Buddhist believe the impression on the summit is the footprint of Lord Buddha himself, Hindus say it is Lord Shiva's, Muslims believe it is Adam's, and Christians believe it is St. Thomas, the Apostles. Due to this reason, Adam's Peak has no shortage of pilgrims from all major religions. Beside the shrine at the top, the views from the top are stunning. Especially in the morning, you can have the breathtaking sight of majestic sunrise over the eastern horizon(called in Sinhala Irasewaya) and the perfect shadow of the mountain spreading over the western backdrops. In addition, you can see an endless vista of forest, valleys, mountains, lakes, etc. There are six trails to the mountain peak consisting of more than 5000 steps, built-in cement or rough stones with handrails, and a lighting system. So you can also ascent Adam's peak in the night. There are also rest stops and wayside stalls that serve refreshments on both sides of the track.

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Best time to visit Adam's Peak

The climbing season is from December to April, when there is little to no precipitation, and the weather does not interfere with the challenging trek up the mountain. Ascent in midnight is the best option if you want to catch that fantastic sunrise view. If you want to snap pictures of stunning surrounding morning hours, it is best to approach the mountain around 1:30 to 2 AM, giving them plenty of time to reach the peak before daybreak.

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How to get to Adam's Peak

Most people take a train to Hatton and then a bus or tuk-tuk t0 Dalhousie.

1. Bus-it takes around 1.5hours  and costs 75 LKR (USD .60)

2.Tuk-tuk-it takes around 1 hour and costs 1,000-1,500 LKR ($7-11 USD)

The best way to get to Hatton is by train.

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Colombo to Hatton

Trains run five times a day between Colombo and Hatton. The earliest departure is at 05:55 AM, and the last departure from Colombo is at 20:00, which arrives in Hatton at 01:35 PM.

Price of tickets-US$15.87 to US$90.75

Kandy to Hatton

Trains run four times a day between Kandy and Hatton. The earliest departure is at 03:30 AM, and the last departure from Colombo is at 4:55 PM, which arrives in Hatton at 01:35.

Price of tickets-US$14.00 to US$19.00

travel guide to adam's peak, sri lanka

A water bottle, sweatshirt, torch, raincoat, and sunscreen are all recommended items to bring while walking, as it can be very sunny during the descent. Some people hike Adm's Peak in the off-season. It is very challenging as the heavy rainfall, and many refreshment kiosks are closed, but it is worth it.

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