Adam’s Peak is a religious icon worshiped by people from all walks of life. With the height of 2,244m, this mountain is regarded as one of the tallest mountains in Sri Lanka. This mountain also gives birth to four major rivers in Sri Lanka too.
There are 6 routes mainly identified to gain access to the summit of this mountain. Among them, the majority of people choose Rathapura – Palabadda route which runs along 8.5Km and Hatton- Nallathanni route which is 5 Km long. These two routes become one route in the middle of the journey to the summit.
There are various names assigned to the mountain in line with different religious beliefs. This mountain is widely known as Sri Pada by Buddhists based on the belief that the footprint of Lord Buddha is imprinted on the summit of this mountain. Christians believe that it is the footprint of Adam, thus giving it the name “Adam’s Peak”. Butterflies could be seen in and around the mountain in plenty and thus, it is known as Samanala Kanda (Mountain of butterflies). The name Rathnagira, which means the mountain of gems, is assigned to the mountain over the fact that this mountain is abundant with precious stones.
Usually, people make pilgrims to this mountain from December to May every year. The trekking during off season is a herculean effort owing to the strong gushes of the wind, heavy rains and thick mist as Buddhist journals mention this period is reserved for Gods to worship this mountain. Adams peak is renowned as a place where miracles happen every now and then. Such instances are vividly written in the annals of history.
When you climb this mountain for the first time in your life, it is believed that God Saman is taking care of you. Therefore, you will have to receive blessings from the temple at the foot of the mountain before you start your journey over the clouds. Most of the pilgrims try to reach the summit of the mountain before the dawn to witness the fascinating view of sunrise. The significance of this phenomenon is that you will see as if the sun goes up and down thrice before shedding its light all over the sky. This view which has made tourists spellbound is called Ira Sewaya (paying respect to the Sun).
The trek is easier if you follow the route from Hatton.