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  Adam's Peak in the early morning
by mafi_moya

Not quite the highest mountain in Sri Lanka but certainly the most sacred. A major religious site, many Sri Lankans make pilgrimages to the temple at the summit in the early months of the year. The path up is long but fairly easy - there are even steps to the top! - and there are some stunning views. On a good day I'm told you can see all the way to the coast.

But despite the great views, my favourite time to climb it is in the middle of the night when you can't see anything! On holy poya days (when there's a full moon) literally thousands of people climb at night, singing their way up the steps in the pitch black. It takes hours and you almost have to queue but the atmosphere is fantastic. You can sleep on the floor in the temple (if you can find the space!) and then wake up at the top of the mountain to the sun rise. An absolutely incredible experience not to be missed!

I will write a travelogue or a separate page about it soon!

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  • Updated Sep 9, 2004
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