Situated in the Ratnapura district with a height of 7,360 feet (2,243 meters), Sri Pada (or Adam’s Peak) is the second highest mountain in Sri Lanka.
According to the Mahawansa, the Great Chronicle of Sri Lanka, Lord Buddha visited Sri Lanka three times and the last place Buddha visited was Sri Pada / Adam’s Peak. It is believed that Lord Buddha left his foot print on the rock at top of the mountain at the invitation of the Deity Saman (Saman Deviyo).
The Sri Pada / Adam’s Peak season starts from full moon of December and ends on full moon of April. The hike up to the summit takes 5-6 hours and most of the visitors start at night to avoid the heat of the day, and it is regarded as a pilgrimage rather than a hike for the locals.
There are 6 accessible trails up to the summit starting from Hatton-Nallathanni; Ratnapura-Palabaddala; Kuruwita-Erathna; Murraywatte; Mookuwatte and Malimboda. All 6 trails have their own distinctive features and various difficulty levels. However Ratnapura - Erathna is considered the most beaten track out of all, infested with leeches and difficult terrain. This is only recommended for experienced trekkers looking for a challenge. It is recommended to do a thorough research before you start this fairly difficult hike, on any trail.