Located in the lavishing area of the Southern Hill Country, thousands of pilgrims toil up the mountain in the sake of blessings received by the sacred footprint embedded whereas the pilgrimage season that begins on poya day in December and runs until the Vesak festival in May where January and February are the busiest. Rising upto a height of 2,234m Adam’s peak is a devotees’ paradise especially to the Buddhists, where Lord Buddha left his footprint on the summit during his third and final visit to the island whereas for the Hindus it is “Shivan Adi Patham”, the creative dance of “Lord Shiva”, believing that the footprint was left by Lord Shiva as he danced the world into existence.
For Muslims it is respected as the footprint of Adam regarded as a prophet, so as for Christians revering as, believing that St. Thomas, the apostle who brought Christianity to Southern India, left his footprint on the summit. Most pilgrims climb during the night along a route illuminated by a sparkling ribbon of lights, visible far away as a trail of stars leading to heaven, anticipating to feel the breathtaking moment to witness the miracle of a new day as the sun casts a perfect shadow of the peak within the misty clouds, known as “ira sevaya”. As this obstructed view is witnessed over the land to the sea, it is quite a blessing to the country as Sri Pada’s historical mysteries still echo through the loving island, Sri Lanka.