2: Scaling Adam's Peak, Sri LankaSri Lanka is famous for its expansive coasts and soothing beaches. But very few have witnessed the charm of its hills. If you ever want to test the strength of your quads, you must include Adam’s Peak in your bucket list. The temple at the top of the peak is one of the only places on the planet to be considered divine in four different religions! The 5500-step journey needs to be started at around 2 in the morning for you to be able to make it to the top in time for the sunrise. Although the steps are unevenly high, and you would be battling your urge to take a nap midway, the views from the top are one-of-a-kind.
Though we had awesome time every single day this was perhaps the most defining thing of the whole trip for me. Not just because of he 5500 odd steps we climbed that night but also for the aching legs which reminded me of them every step. The mountain is said to have a footprint which every religion attributes to someone according to their legends. The climb is attempted by many during the pilgrimage season. The route is well lit and there is no chance you will miss the steps. During the monsoon the steps can get slippery and individual attempt is not recommended. If you plan on climbing the peak get to Nalathaniya (Dalhousie) from Hatton by bus (1.5 hours) try to stay as close to the base as you can. Doubles can be find for 1000 LKR a night just be ready to negotiate. Even in the peak season we were able to get room easily without any bookings. I would not suggest staying anywhere else except Nalathaniya. Did we do them all?
After waiting in the airport for 2 and half hours, I finally boarded a local bus that will take me to the railway station. Bus No. 187 costed me 110 LKR and is the cheapest option that sat well with my backpackers budget. Once after getting to the train station, I took the first train to Hatton and then another bus to get to Adam's Peak or Sri Pada. Yes, you guessed it right! I was going to climb Adam's peak in this trip. I reached Adam's peak in the afternoon.
Adam’s Peak: One of the pilgrimage spots, even if you do not want to visit it for religious reasons the night trek experience is worth it.
Many people do the trek in the morning 2-3 a.m. and stay in Delhousie. My itinerary for Adam's peak was Bus to Hattoan at 7 a.m. from Nuwara Eliya for 120 LKR. Reached Hatton by 10 a.m.. Took a bus to Maskerliya for 45 LKR. It takes around 1.5 -2 hours. The view and terrain is amazing and beautiful. Take a bus to Adam's peak from Maskerliya for 40 LKR. This takes around an hour.Take the road going down in front of the police station and the path will unveil itself. The route is completely steps. 5000 odd steps (yes I counted them and lost patience at 5000). Generally it takes 2.5-3 hours to reach at the summit where there is a temple. Jan - April is the season when the temple on the top and the small shops on the way are open. As October is rainy and off season hence all the shops and the temple were closed. The steps in the end are much steeper and arduous so save your energy for the last.Must carry:Rain coat UmbrellaWater TorchFoodBe careful about your return from Adam's peak as the buses from Adam's peak are not very frequent. There are few guest houses available which you could book online in place called Delhousie in nuwara eliya district or else take the bus back. The place which I booked but could not stay was White House guest house Adamspeak road, Nallathanniya(Delhouse),Maskeliya, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka 22070. Phone: +94522055520http://www.Agoda.com/white-house-guest-house/hotel/nuwara-eliya-lk.htmlGalle: