Located in the southern part of the hill country, this peak has inspired devotees of several religions who hike up in the season of Adam’s Peak with their beliefs for more than 1000 years. Some call it Adam’s Peak – believing it the first place Adam set foot on earth after cast out of heaven, while some name it Sri Paada – believing the sacred footprint of the Lord Buddha is kept here as he headed to Sri Lanka. And there is a much poetic name for the peak as well – Samanala Kanda or the Butterfly Mountain where the butterflies arrive to die.
There is another belief that the huge footprint is of St. Thomas, the early apostle of India or maybe Lord Shiva. So, stories are much that you have various stories to listen of different devotees saying about their holy mountain.
The season begins on the Poya Day of December and runs until Vesak festival in the month of May. January and February are peak months for the hike and between May and October the peak is hidden among the clouds. No matter you are a pilgrim nor a tourist you can choose the time of travel thinking of the hardships and perks.
If it is an off-season that you picked better take all cold-fight equipment a good torch as there is no light at all. Many pilgrims take the 7 hour path from Rathnapura via the Carney Estate which brings them more enthusiasm and devotion as well. The breathtaking views from the Adams peak is kept for the dawn where the sun casts a perfect shadow of the peak onto the clouds around. And as the sun rises high everything changes eventually disappearing the shadow pasting it to the mountain.