As one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in the Indian subcontinent, Adam’s Peak is a 7,359 feet tall mountain in Sri Lanka, frequently visited by people of almost all major religions.
It is widely known for Sri Pada, a foot-shaped indentation at the summit of the pyramid-like mountain. Also called the sacred footprint, the Buddhists believe that it is the footprint of Lord Buddha, the Hindus as that of Shiva, the Muslims as Adam’s, and the Christians as that of St. Thomas the Apostle.
After completing the ascent, pilgrims offer prayers at a shrine that sits atop the mountain. Apart from the legends surrounding the holy site, Adam’s Peak offers enchanting views of the sunrise. Any of the six trails, and a flight of more than 5000 steps, lead to the mountain peak. As one is reaching the summit, the steps gradually become steeper. Most visitors, irrespective of age and fitness levels, complete the hike in an average duration of two to four hours.
An area of religious significance, a moderate challenge for enthusiastic hikers, and breathtaking scenery all around— Adam’s Peak is one of the must-see sights on a trip to Sri Lanka.
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