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Peak Hike


Located in a beautiful area of the southern Hill Country, this lofty peak has sparked the imagination for centuries and been a focus for pilgrimage for more than 1000 years. Variously known as Adam’s Peak (the place where Adam first set foot on earth after being cast out of heaven), Sri Pada (Sacred Footprint, left by the Buddha as he headed towards paradise), or perhaps most poetically as Samanalakande (Butterfly Mountain; where butterflies go to die). Some believe the huge ‘footprint’ crowning the peak to be that of St Thomas, the early apostle of India, or even of Lord Shiva. The pilgrimage season begins on poya day in December and runs until Vesak festival in May; January and February are busiest. At other times the temple on the summit is unused, and between May and October the peak is often obscured by clouds. During the pilgrimage season pilgrims and tourists alike make the climb up the countless steps to the top.

Walkers leave from the small settlement of Dalhousie (del-house), 33km by road southwest of Hatton, which is situated on the Colombo–Kandy–Nuwara Eliya railway and road. In season, the route is illuminated by a sparkling ribbon of lights which are visible from miles around and from afar look like a trail of stars leading into the heavens. It’s a view that cannot but fail to send a quiver of anticipation through most people. Out of season you will need a torch. Many pilgrims prefer to make the longer, more tiring – but equally well-marked and lit – seven-hour climb from Ratnapura via the Carney Estate because of the greater merit thus gained. As dawn illuminates the holy mountain, the diffuse morning light uncovers the Hill Country rising in the east and the land sloping to the coast to the west. Colombo, 65km away, is easily visible on a clear day. Adam’s Peak saves its most breathtaking moment for just after dawn. The sun casts a perfect shadow of the peak onto the misty clouds down towards the coast.

Suggested Schedule

Leave the glenrock by 10.30 pm

Reach Adam’s Peak by 12.30 am

Distance – 57 km

Duration –Approximately 2 hours due to unpredictable weather & road conditions

Climb up to Adam’s Peak on foot – 7 km (2.5 – 4 hours, depending on the individual and the crowd)

We highly recommend you avoid Friday, Saturday and days prior to Sri Lankan public holidays due to high traffic of climbers and vehicles

Return Trip –

  • Leave Adam’s Peak by 7 am
  • Arrive at Nallathanniya on foot 1.5- 2.5 hours
  • Leave Nallathannniya at 9 am
  • Arrive at the glenrock by 12 pm
  • Through the scenic route with tea gardens, and beautiful Bogawanthalawa valley



Transport Charges

The hotel can connect you to a local third party transport provider. They need at least two day prior notice. However may sometimes be available on demand.


Overnight tourUS$ 110
Day tourUS$ 90
Pick up or drop offUS$ 75


If more distance is travelled than 114 km, additional charges apply (US$ 0.65 per extra km)

Above charge includes, per km rate charge, waiting charge, Overnight Charge, and Difficult route charge

if you need a guide from the glenrock additional US$ 50 applies (Subject to availability) or

Travel by your own vehicle free of charge




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