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Trek to the Top of the Sacred Mountain in Sri-Lanka

About The Mountain

2018-04-17 70 People

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By talalshammary

2018-04-17 70 People

1st Day

Trek to the Top of the Sacred Mountain in Sri-Lanka

About The Mountain

Also known as Sri Paadaya, the mountain is 2,243 m (7,359 ft.) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well known for the "sacred footprint", a 1.8 m (5 ft. 11 in) rock formation near the summit, which in Buddhist tradition is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Islamic and Christian tradition that of Adam, or that of St. Thomas.

Secret Fact

Adam's Peak is important as a watershed. The districts to the south and the east of Adam's Peak yield precious stones—emeralds, rubies and sapphires, for which the island is very well acknowledged for.

Trekking

Access to the mountain is possible by 6 trails: Ratnapura-Palabaddala, Hatton-Nallathanni, Kuruwita-Erathna, Murraywatte, Mookuwatte and Malimboda.

The Nallathanni & Palabaddala routes are most favored by those undertaking the climb, while the Kuruwita-Erathna trail is used less often; these trails are linked to major cities or town by bus, accounting for their popular use.

The Murraywatte, Mookuwatte and Malimboda routes are hardly used, but do intersect with the Palabaddala road midway through the ascent.

The usual route taken by most pilgrims is ascent via Hatton and descent via Ratnapura; although the Hatton trail is the steepest, it is also shorter than any of the other trails by approximately five kilometers.

Ancient History and the Legends

For Buddhists, the footprint mark is the left foot of the Buddha, left behind when Buddha visited Sri Lanka, as a symbol for worship at the invitation of Buddhist God Saman.

Tamil Hindus consider it as the footprint of Lord Shiva. It is also fabled that the mountain is the legendary mount Trikuta the capital of Ravana during the Ramayana times from where he ruled Lanka.

Some Muslims and Christians in Sri Lanka ascribe it to where Adam, the first Ancestor, set foot as he was exiled from the Garden of Eden. The legends of Adam are connected to the idea that Sri Lanka was the original Eden and in the Muslim tradition that Adam was 30 ft. tall.

Why Adams’ Peak?

 Watch the spectacular sunrise from the Peak of Butterfly Mountain. In the early hours of the morning you will witness not only a spectacular sunrise but also a glimpse of a mysterious triangular shadow cast by the peak.

You are climbing the island’s fourth highest peak.

In the pilgrim season (December to May), you are in the company of pilgrims of four religions who each claim that the mountain’s sacred footprint or Sri Pada was created by one of their own faith. You will experience the peaceful prosperity that this dazzling spectacle brings.

Legend has it that the footprint indented in the rock at the summit of this verdant conical mountain was made by the Buddha, on his third and final visit to the island. Muslims believe it is the spot where Adam first set foot on earth after being banished from the Garden of Eden. Christians believe it belongs to St. Thomas the Apostle, whilst to Hindus the footprint belongs to Lord Shiva.

You will be led by an experienced naturalist guide.