Adam’s peak / Sri Pada

May 6, 2014 at 8:45 am

at the bottom

The view of Adam’s peak from the nearest town, Dalhousie. 

Adam’s Peak, also known as Sri Pada, is a 2,243m-high mountain and a holy site for Buddhists, Christians, Muslims and Hindus. Most pilgrims climb the 5000-plus steps in the month of April, when the weather is at its best. It’s far from an easy ascent, especially as most climb in the dark in order to see the sun rise and catch a glimpse of the mountain’s surprisingly triangular shadow cast on the surrounding hills. 

Despite the 1:30am alarm and the 5000 steps that followed (as well as having no religious motivation what-so-ever), I enjoyed the experience. The numerous shelters on the way selling tea and providing shelter from the cold winds – it was genuinely cold at times – were a blessing, and seeing old women and men, some weak, some overweight, tackle the steps, meant giving up was just not an option.  

At the top, it was busy, too busy for my liking. And this was on a week-day. Climbing on a full-moon / Poya day must be a nightmare and take for ever. I wasn’t up for fighting for a clear shot of yet another sunrise so I wandered round, taking in what I could.


It’s busy at the top and everyone wants a prime spot to get a clear view of the sunrise. 

Waiting for the sunrise at the top of Adam's Peak / Sri Pada

A young boy yawns, waiting for the sun to rise. 

shoot the sunrise

May it with their cheap smart phones or their expensive DSLRs, many visitors can’t resist to record the sunrise. 

Sun's up - Sri Pada

A pilgrim takes in the view of the sun rising over the Sri Lankan hill country.

messy view

The rooftop of the basic, overnight shelter for pilgrims. 


Very early views over a large water tank and the rolling hills. 

Adam Peak's shadow

The staggeringly-triangular shadow of Adam’s Peak is cast over the hills for a brief 30mins or so. 

at the top

Most people head down before 8am in order to avoid the heat.