Adams Peak ( The Buddha's Footprint)

Trip Start Oct 03, 2009
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Trip End Feb 28, 2010


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Wagasama Inn

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The train from Kandy climbed steadily through the mountains with tea plantations on both sides. It was a lot cooler and in parts it was quite misty. Here and there there were groups of women picking tea leaves.

All the seats in the train were taken and the only room was in the buffet car which had tables but no chairs. Some people sat on these but I chose to sit on my bag on the floor. At Hatton I took a tuk tuk to Dalhouse which is at the foot of the 2234 mountain which they call Sri Pada. This is another place for pilgrimage and many people I met in my travels round Sri Lanka had been there at least once in their lives.This is the place the Buddha is said to have come and left his foot imprint.  For Christians and Moslems also, this place is saced because the footrpint is said to be that of Adam's, hence the name.

From my hotel room I could see the mountain in the distace and I was very apprehensive about getting to the top. Most people start the 7 km walk at 2 am so that they arrive at 6 am, in time to see the sunrise. When I arrived in Dalhouse there was a powercut and rather than sit in the dark I began the walk early. The path was broken and strewn with stones and rocks. In places there were steps whcih were much easier to climb even though they were very steep. After 2 hours I stopped for tea at a stall and was told I had only covered 2 kms. Not very encouraging. 

I struggled on and the TEmple seemed to get no nearer. With the power cut climbing meant there were no lights to show me the way, so in the darkness it was very much like doing the walk as they would  have done in the olden days. The young people bounded up chanting as they went. Several old people were helped up by relatives, as were mums with babies. I was impressed by their devototion. Although I had a torch I wondered how others managed to see with only the light of the staars. 

I arrived at the top at about midnight and found lots of people worshiping at the shrine at the very top
Below that were a couple of big rooms and these were  full of people sleeping whislt they waited for sunrise.  I had no alternative but to sit outside but wih 4 hours to go it was going to be a long wait. It got colder and colder and I shivered in my thin jacket. 

At 615 the first rays of the sun lit up the eastern sky. Then very slowly was the first sight of sun  behind a far off peak.  It was an emotional time for many. A group of men played drums and trumpets as the sun climbed higher and higher and filled the mist covered valleys. valleys. The the head monk began to chant and people sat down to pray.   This seemed to be the highlight of the trip for many pilgrims.

I made my way down slowly and although the knees hurt it was a good night and dy.
 

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Alexander Baldal on

Hi, somebody help me remember where,
In 1980 I was in Sri Lanka and I visited a temple after climbing many steps. Just like as ascribed for the Adam's peak. .On the summit there was a rectangular 2x3 ft flat black stone with a groove and a foot high iron fence around it. The pilgrims who had the means got a hard clean coconut to throw and break for the milk to be given as a sacrifice to the Buddha. Was it the mount Adam Temple? or another one more South overlooking the sea? Is there a Buddhist temple at the sea side?

Deven of Malaysia on

Hi! I'll be visiting Adam's Peak, Sri Langka in November 2012. I have 3 questions 4 u:

1. If I were to arrive at Hatton Railway station at 10pm, can I catch a tuk-tuk to
Dalhousie at that hour?

2. How much is the tuk-tuk fare from the Hatton Railway station to Dalhousie?

3. Where can I view the Adam's-footstep upon reaching the top of Adam's Peak? In the shrine at the very top?

Hope to receive your responce soon!

nas.latif
nas.latif on

If you arrive that late I would suggest you do not make the journey until the next day. The road is very winding. You can take a tuk tuk ( I remember how much it cost) but there is also a but that you can take but it is much slower. There are a few places to stay and it depends on how much you want to pay. From there you can see the temple in the distance. You should try to arrive at sunrise so maybe you want to start walking at about 1 am - but that also depends on how quick you can walk. I hope this helps

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