Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka for Climbing Adam's Peak

Adam’s peak, a mountain in Sri Lanka, is considered to be a holy site – the very top is has a foot-like imprint, that is claimed to be Buddha’s, Lord Shiva’s and Adam’s – depending on which religion you belong to, I guess.

We started our climb of about 5,000+ steps at night time, so we could watch the sunrise from the top, alongside many pilgrims. The walk itself starts easy, but get steeper and more demanding the higher you climb, not to mention that the temperature goes down quite a bit, especially at night time. The surrounding are just beautiful, vast tea plantations that stretch like blankets over Sri Lankan soil. The trail was dotted with various tea vendors who provided much needed relief in form of hot tea during our hike. Once we reached the top, it was absolutely stunning and serene, while the view was truly one of the best ones I have ever witnessed. After we watched the sunrise, we went into the temple located on the top, after which we started to head back – feeling happy and accomplished. Would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Sri Lanka.

Where I stayed / started

Deer Park Ratnapura

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