Adam’s Peak is an isolated cone-shaped mountain that measures 2243 meters and is surrounded by forests. Its fame derives from the rock placed on top that bears the imprint of a sacred foot. For Buddhists it is the Buddha’s imprint. For Hindus, that of Shiva. Muslims believe that it is the proof of the passage of Adam and the Christians attribute it to St. Thomas, the first apostle of India.
This peak has been a place of pilgrimage for a millennium. In the era of the Polonnaruwa kings they built rest breaks, the ambalamas, which continue to exist, which currently perform the same function.
The climb must start on early night, to be able to watch from the summit the wonderful sunrise in time.
Yes, it’s a bit of a challenge to climb up 5,000 stairs, but it’s well worth it.