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Challenge yourself, climb Adam’s Peak!

Awesome view from adams peak sri lanka

Traveling has been an eye opener when it comes to knowing my strengths and abilities. This was obvious to me once again when I decided to climb Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka. The idea came to me as I met more mountain climbing enthusiasts. They spoke of its beauty and the joy it brings to reach the top. This was more than tempting for me. This was not my first mountain climb but certainly one of the most challenging ones I have ever done in my life.

Adam’s peak is 2243 m high, and it’s a tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka, 7 kilometers away from the Dalhousie village. The climb consists of rising stairs, and you have to climb 5,000 (wow!) of them in order to reach the peak.

The top of the mountain has a huge a “footprint”-like hollow. The Buddhist residents say it’s the footprint of Buddha’s left foot. The Hindus claimed that the footprint belonged to The Lord Shiva. The Muslims and the Christians believed that it was Adam’s first step after being kicked out of the Garden of Eden by God. This made it all the more exciting for me!

There are several routes that can be used by pilgrims when climbing the peak, including the Ratnapura route, the Hatton route and the Kuruwita route.

Along the challenging route I encountered vendors and tea shops, which was a welcome relief because it was quite chilly that day. The vendors operate round the clock, and they sell hats and mittens. Of course, I did not think in advance that it will be so cold up there before the sunrise, so I had to buy a hoody from those vendors. Helped me so much and it still does when I travel! 🙂

I stayed in a town called Dalhouse, which is situated literally just before the climb starts.

Dalhousie adams peak climb

Me and me Italian friend (I met her in Sri Lanka during the trip) went to sleep at around 9 p.m. so that we could be able to wake up at 2 a.m. It was hard, and I was shivering (it is freezing at night!), but we did it. The road is well lit creating quite a spectacle. You do not need a special light to climb Adam’s Peak, except for the times when it is off-season which is….

As we began our climb, we found temples along our route, which provided us with a chance to pause for a moment. At the beginning it was quite okay, and I was thinking –

“Ah, so they think this is hard? Huh!”.

But then the stairs got so steep that I had to hold onto the rails tight to help my tired legs climb up. It is not easy, but I saw some old Thai women and kids climbing in flip-flops, so I just had to do it!

I will be honest – it is not a very easy hike.

Adams peak stairs sri lanka piligrim

I know that there are people starting the hike at 11 p.m. so that they can finish it before 5 30 a.m. when there is a sunrise. I know that some people turn back when it gets way too steep and they understand they cannot do it anymore. Thus, think very well in advance if you are up for the challenge.

Nevertheless, we did it, we reached the top! After that I had this strong feeling of accomplishment. We were waiting together with all the pilgrims. As sunrise approached, we discovered that we were on top of the clouds, and the view from there is spectacular!

We also found a huge bell that every pilgrim rings depending on the amount of times he/she climbed the Adam’s peak.

adams peak sunrise

There were many people that day (Sat. to Sun. night), and most of them were going into the temple at the peak to receive blessings. Once we were out of the temple, the sun lit the sky with a golden glow, and we sat down to celebrate with everyone around us.

I went to Adam’ peak to challenge myself and have an exciting adventure and i can say that the climb was everything I expected and hoped for!

Though tired and out of breath, my pilgrimage had been accomplished.

sri lanka adams peak clouds


Beware – there are leeches  (there were none when I was there, but locals say it is a big problem during off-season), so take care to by some cream beforehand!

Also, if you do not want to meet many piligrims, avoid climbing the peak Saturdays and Sundays. That is when the majority of locals go.

Is it hard?

Depends on you physical level, but i would say “Yes”.

The best thing about the ordeal is that the path has steps. Though they seemed endless to me, it was quite an experience.

If you are looking for an easier hike where the view is also gorgeous, you can try Sigiriya or the World’s End

Where to stay near Adams Peak

There are many hotels in Dalhouse. Prices varies from 800 rupees (guesthouses) to 1500 per 2 people. No need to book anything in advance, the village lives from tourists, there is always going to be somebody ready to give you a room.

If you still want to make sure you have a place and book it from before, here are my suggestions. Click the links to see the rates for your dates:

Deer Park Ratnapura – very simple hotel will have everything needed for you to rest before (after) the long climb.

If you are searching for a luxury experience, here is a great recommendation – a 4* Mandira Strathdon Bungalow colonial-style décor and views of surrounding greenery


Absolutely free

How to get

First you might want to go to Hatton (there is a train station there). From there you can either take a local bus (60 rupees) or go by minivan/tuk-tuk.

Either way the road is amazing, it goes along a lake and endless tea plantations. In fact, it is some of the most spectacular roads I have ever taken!

stairs-climb-adams-peak2I don’t want to organize anything, can I take an organized tour?

If you do not want to worry about the transportation to the place, the accommodation and to have a certified guide with you – I highly recommend taking this tour. Note – you will be picked up and dropped off after the tour on anywhere in Sri Lanka (about 5 hours scenic ride if you go from Colombo). See the full description and rates here.


Hiking to Adam’s peak is quite challenging, so consider your physical shape before. It is a 2-3 hours climb minimum and the stairs are very steep sometimes. Make sure to bring warm clothes as it is very cold on the top. If you can try to go on weekdays.

Adam’s peak is great, I really recommend doing it!! The peak was a breathtaking view and experience wrapped in one.

view from Adams peak



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By |2020-02-20T19:08:14+04:00February 14th, 2015|Sri Lanka, Asia|23 Comments
About the Author:
Yulia is originally Russian but truly is a world citizen in the heart. She was traveling around the world for over 4 years now. Her blog is created with the purpose to inspire people to travel more and to share her advice on how to travel "smart".


  1. anupa parkhi 19.02.2015 at 13:42 - Reply

    Hi Yulia ,
    I am anu from India .Currently living in sri Lanka for a project for couple of months.
    Luved your blog on adams peak and worlds end , ever since i have been to Lanka i have been to a lot of places but cdnt go to Adams Peak and Worlds end cz it has been raining/landslides there since the past few months until Jan. Planning to cover the horton area during this month . Would luv to meet up wd u if u are still in Sri Lanka or can join you on trips if u dnt mind me tagging along .

    Also if u require any info with regards to places/beaches/forts/eating out /food joints etc do lemme knw …cn help you wd tht if i can 🙂 hopefully out of all info tht i have gathered in my 11 months stay year . …

    Happy travelling cya

    • Yulia 20.02.2015 at 08:26 - Reply

      Hi, Anu, nice to meet you!
      Glad you liked the blog, definitely Adam’s peak is a must especially if you live there!
      I am not there anymore unfortunately, but thanks a lot anyway! 🙂

  2. anuk 17.04.2015 at 10:42 - Reply

    I have climbed it twice and yet wanting to go to the top more and more :))

    • Yulia 20.04.2015 at 00:17 - Reply

      Wow! That is really respectful! Bravo!
      Did you ring that bell twice?:)

  3. Princess Bananahammock 12.05.2015 at 17:13 - Reply

    I DID LAST WEEK! It was amaaazing, so tiring but at the end it was worth it!

    • Yulia 12.05.2015 at 17:49 - Reply

      Now after all these months i actually consider going up again one day when I am back. before i was thinking- it was great, but once is enough! 🙂

  4. nadaCliché 06.07.2015 at 02:30 - Reply

    Looks like an awesome climb. Yet another reason to add Sri Lanka to the list! Thanks for sharing.

    • Yulia 06.07.2015 at 14:05 - Reply

      Definitely do it when you have a chance, you will never forget the experience, promise! 🙂

  5. Ingrid 05.08.2015 at 14:09 - Reply

    Wow! Sounds amazing. I’m going to Sri Lanka in January and found this post very helpful! Great page!
    – Ingrid

  6. Ross 05.10.2016 at 19:37 - Reply

    Great advice. I thought I might have to book something in advance because it would be so busy but it is handy knowing I don’t as I’m not sure what day Ill be there.

  7. Asanka Miah 19.12.2016 at 14:00 - Reply

    Great blog with great tips for travelers!
    The best thing which I love about hiking is watching and inhaling natural beauty from the top.
    Adam’s Peak is among my best hiking places in Sri Lanka.

  8. Amila 26.01.2017 at 12:01 - Reply

    Nicely written. Hope you come back again.

  9. Janis 01.02.2018 at 19:13 - Reply

    We are going today

  10. Meghna 14.02.2018 at 11:33 - Reply

    Hi Yulia, I am considering of doing this. Would you recommend going in April or May?

  11. Jose 18.06.2018 at 02:48 - Reply

    Hi Yulia: what is about do it in August?Do you think is worth in August? I mean the wheather….

    • Yulia 18.06.2018 at 17:01 - Reply

      No idea sorry, i was there in December

  12. himal 24.08.2018 at 11:14 - Reply


  13. Janaka 10.02.2019 at 09:03 - Reply

    Julia. Nicely written. Your next visit you should try Rathnapura Route. It is more scenic than Hatton route
    and mote challenging one.And other day visit Ella from Kandy by train.If you need more help mail me.

    • Yulia 10.02.2019 at 17:21 - Reply

      Thank you for your suggestion, it might be also useful for some readers here!

  14. Nisa K 09.05.2019 at 08:05 - Reply

    Hi Yulia,
    Good info. I will be in Sri Lanka in June. Really enjoyed reading your blog. I think the amount of days I will be there is not enough, 2 weeks to be exact. I think I must make a come back. After reading up on Sri Lanka, it has many beautiful places to explore. Definitely looking forward. 🙂

    • Yulia 12.05.2019 at 11:58 - Reply

      Hi Nisa!
      I think you can visit quite a lot in 2 weeks, still!
      I was traveling there for 3, I think, and I saw quite a lot! You will see after your trip,if you want to come back, there is always more to explore there!

      • Nisa K 14.05.2019 at 20:04 - Reply

        Thanks for replying Yulia! I have a feeling I will have to return again after June. I was doing alot of reading up and I am excited to go.

  15. Jeevi 01.08.2019 at 09:17 - Reply

    I m so glad that you liked Sri Lanka and it’s even worth your time but would suggest you to explore Mauritius also.

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