The desire of every pilgrim is to reach the peak before dawn so that they could see the glory of the sunrise and thereafter perform their religious rights.

The climb is by no means easy. It takes several hours to get to the top. There are several resting places at various points on the path, where pilgrims can rest, prepare and eat their meals. Pilgrims usually take a ceremonial bath of cleansing and change into clean clothes before crossing over a bridge from the river (Seetha gangula) that separates the peak from the surrounding mountain range. From this point onward the path is an ascent of steps, very steep at some points. There are iron rails fixed to support the climbers.

There are two approaches to Sri Pada. One is the Ratnapura path, popularly known as the ’difficult path’ via Malwala, Kuruwita, Eratna and Gilimale. The last station is Palabaddala. The path runs through ascending and descending hills, deep valleys, under over-hanging rocks and along the beaten track and is highly infested with leeches.

THE OTHER PATH IS THE RAJAMAWATHA (HATTON PATH)

This path had been used by many kings, during and after the Gampola period (1347-1412). The Rajamawatha is said to have been constructed by the Chief Minister Devapathiraja who served under king Parakramabahu lll (1283-1293).

Pilgrims travelling by train must get down at Hatton station (173 km from Colombo) on the Main line, and travel by bus to Maskeliya and from Delhouse Bazaar, from where all transport facilities cease. Here onward a walking journey to the summit starts.

The ’Chaitya’ at the foot oiSri Pada is the Peace Pagoda erected by the Japanese Buddhists to spread the message of peace throughout the world.

KURUWITA ROAD

When you travel from Colombo on the A4 road the right turn from Kuruwita junction leads to Erathna. Passing another kilometer after Erathna there is a turn to the right which leads to Kekunahinna. The distance from Kuruwita to Kekunahinna is about sixteen kilometers and will take about 45 minutes. The distance from Kekunahinna to Adam’s peak is 11kms. This road leads through the jungle passing many beautiful sites. There are a couple of resting places in between and this is an ideal route for hike lovers. Unlike other roads this road has more flat roads even though there are a few difficult climbs. Among the beautiful places are Warnagala water fall and Lihini Hela Lena popular among travelers. Lihini Hela Lena is on the path way whilst the Warnagala water fall is about 100 meters away. There is a hydropower project employing the waters of this waterfall. You may not find many boutiques along this road even during the season. The few boutiques are situated within a distance of three to four kilometers of each other. From these boutiques you can get refreshments like tea, coffee, traditional drinks like pol pala and for a snack rotti or biscuits whilst some boutiques serve rice and curry when you order. Traveling time from Erathna to Seetha gangula is'approximately 3 hours. Traveling another 4 hours passing ’lndikatu Paana’ you will reach ’Haramiti Pahana’ where the road from Palabaddala joins. The distance to the peak from here is 2.5km and will take approximately two hours.