Adam’s peak

Though not the highest mountain of Sri Lanka, the striking pyramid of Adam's Peak 2243 m (7,359 ft) is certainly most remarkable.

Though not the highest mountain of Sri Lanka, the striking pyramid of Adam's Peak 2243 m (7,359 ft) is certainly most remarkable. A depression in the rocky summit resembles a huge footprint, a 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) rock formation, which has been venerated as a sacred site from remote antiquity. This was identified by Buddhists as the Buddha's footprint, by Hindus as that of Shiva, and by Christians and Muslims as of Adam's. Later the Portuguese attributed it to St. Thomas the Apostle.

Adam's Peak is the main source of the four principal rivers of the island, which are Mahaweli, Kelani, Walave and Kalu Rivers. The Mahaweli River, is the longest, which descends to the sea on the eastern, western and south-eastern coasts. The districts to the south and the east of Adam's Peak produce precious gem stones such as emeralds, rubies and sapphires, for which the island has been famous around the world since ancient times earning it the name as Ratnadvipa.

Tourists Attractions in Adam’s peak

  • Trekking – Holy Mountain

Adam’s Peak is one of the highest mountains of Sri Lanka. The striking pyramid of Adam's Peak 2243 m (7,359 ft) is certainly the most remarkable. A depression in the rocky summit resembles a huge sacred footprint, a 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) rock formation, which has been venerated as a sacred site from remote antiquity. Therefore it is considered as a holy mountain as the sacred foot print is identified by Buddhists as the Buddha's footprint, by Hindus as that of Shiva, by Christians and Muslims as of Adam's and later by the Portuguese as of St. Thomas the Apostle’s. Once one of the starting 'nodes' of Palabadalla, Nallathanni or Erathna are reached, the rest of the ascent is done on foot trekking through the forested mountainside on the steps built into it.

Adam’s peak on map

Sri Lanka Tourism Activities around Adam’s peak