Distance from Nuwara Eliya – 71.9 km (2 hours 25 minutes)
Introduction to Sri Pada
Sri Pada, also known as Adam’s Peak, is situated in the southern part of the central highlands in the Nuwara Eliya and Ratnapura districts of Sri Lanka. It stands at a height of 2243 m and is regarded as a holy site by the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians. The Buddhists believe that the 1.8 m rock formation near the summit of Sri Pada is the footprint of Lord Buddha while the Hindus believe it is the footprint of Lord Shiva or Hanuman. The Muslims and Christians are in the same belief that it is the footprint of Adam.
Hiking Sri Pada Mountain
Sri Pada Mountain is surrounded by lush greenery of the forest around it. It consists of a wide variety of wildlife species including leopards and elephants out of which some are endemic to Sri Lanka. Sri Pada is a popular hiking area with the Nallathanni and Palabaddala trail being most favoured by hikers. The Kuruwita-Erathna trail is also used, although much less than the other. The Sri Pada pilgrimage season begins on the full moon poya of December and ends on the full moon poya on April.
Getting to Sri Pada
From Nuwara Eliya travel along the Avissawella – Hatton – Nuwara Eliya Highway and the Hatton – Maskeliya – Dalhousie Road passing Nanuoya, Talawakelle, Hatton and Dickoya up to Maskeliya. Then travel along the Sri Pada Road up to Nallathanniya to reach the Sri Pada Mountain.