This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Adam's Peak. To help you make friends with Adam's Peak before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Adam’s Peak (locally known as Sri Pada or ‘sacred footprint’) is the highest point in Sri Lanka. It is also a famous pilgrimage destination. Adam’s Peak is the place where Adam is thought to have first set foot after being extradited from heaven. It is also the place where Buddha left a huge ‘footprint' as he headed towards heaven. Others believe that the footprint was created by Lord Shiva.
Adam’s peak is located in the hill country of central Sri Lanka, amongst the Sri Lankan jungle. The closest settlement to Adam’s Peak is Dalhousie. Dalhousie is located on the railway route, so it is easily accessible from other places like Kandy and Colombo. From Dalhousie, it is easy to get to the beginning of the Adam’s Peak hike. While most visitors catch a local tuk-tuk or taxi, it's also possible to take the public bus.
There are a few accommodation options in the area surrounding Adam’s Peak. The hostel-type accommodations cater to tourists and tend to provide good services and facilities. Most hostels are in the style of guesthouses. These hostels offer both dorm-style and private rooms. A traditional Sri Lankan breakfast is usually included in the price. Wifi, hot showers, linen, towels and heating generally are included as well. Guesthouses and hostels usually have no issue catering to special dietary requirements. Electricity can be expensive in Sri Lanka, so be respectful of using any heating provided.
There are also some local accommodation options available near the hiking areas for those that wish to spend a couple of days climbing Adam’s Peak. These are usually guesthouses or budget hotels. Some have dorm-style rooms available with shared or private bathrooms. Adam’s Peak is one of the highlights of Sri Lanka. It is a tough, yet very rewarding, hike. The breathtaking panoramic view from the top definitely makes the trip worthwhile.
Written by local enthusiast for Adam's Peak hostelsKelly Sheldrick