Adam’s Peak, otherwise known as Sri Pada (Sacred Footprint, left by the Buddha as he headed towards paradise) or perhaps most poetically as Samanalakande (Butterfly Mountain) is located in a beautiful area of the Southern Hill Country. Even though it is not the highest mountain in Sri Lanka, this striking pyramid of Adam’s Peak is 7,360 ft high. Adam’s Peak saves its most breathtaking moment for just after dawn. The sun casts a perfect shadow of the peak onto the misty clouds down towards the coast. This is certainly one of the most remarkable places of Sri Lanka.
Most visitors climb the mountain during the pilgrimage season. The pilgrimage season begins on Duruthu pay day in December and runs until the Vesak festival in May. During the season the weather on the mountain is at its best and also January and February are the busiest. During the pilgrimage season pilgrims and tourists alike make the climb up the countless steps to the top.