Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) Pilgrimage Season – Experience Sri Lanka’s Ultimate Adventure

When it comes to the beautiful tropical island of Sri Lanka, many consider the northernmost province of Jaffna as the final frontier, but Sri Pada is a rite of passage when it comes to adventure.

Background

Sri Pada is one of the most sacred places in Sri Lanka, and is revered by people of every religious denomination within the island. This is due to the footprint-shaped indentation on the summit, which the Buddhists believe belongs to Buddha, the Muslims and Christians to Adam, and according to the Hindus, Lord Shiva.

Routes

There are several trails that can be utilised to reach the summit of Sri Pada. The most popular route, widely used by pilgrims and tourists during peak season, is ascent via Hatton and descent via Ratnapura. This is the most convenient and shortest route, if you’re looking to travel to Sri Pada through a car hire in Sri Lanka from many entities such as Car booking Sri Lanka, then this would be the best route.

The Ascent

The journey to Adam’s Peak takes place through some of the most beautiful natural scenery Sri Lanka has to offer, along with a bounty of spectacular tea plantations. There are many iconic waterfalls visible during the trek as well, such as the St. Clair Falls.

Things to Remember

Pacing oneself is one of the most important things to do when climbing Sri Pada. One should also always carry water, sunscreen, and both warm and cold clothes.

A great destination for those who are looking to get a “real Sri Lankan” experience – Visit Balapitiya

 

Balapitiya

Balapitiya | Img credit : Neo1986 (Own Work) CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

 

The saffron coast of Balapitiya attracts tourists from around the world who are eager to gain an authentic local island experience.

 

About Balapitiya
Balapitiya is a quiet fishing village on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Untouched by the hands of the tourism industry, this town is ideal for nature lovers and those seeking a haven away from the throngs of people.

 

Where to stay?
As this town is slowly but surely developing, you’ll be able to find a variety of places to stay during your holiday in the sun, from B&Bs to small luxury hotels in Sri Lanka.

 

Things to do
Besides working on your summer glow, you can refresh yourself with a dip in the cool waters of the Indian Ocean, partake in watersports in the nearby town of Bentota or simply indulge in spa treatments at Shinagawa Beach.

 

Which way?
If you’re travelling from the busy city of Colombo, Balapitiya is approximately 45 minutes away and can be reached by road or train – both offering spectacular sights of the mesmerizing ocean and its coastal lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+

Ritigala Forest Monastery – Ruins of a Forest Temple

The Ritigala Mountain marked as a Strict Natural Reserve consists mainly of 4 peaks covering approximately 3776 acres. The ruins of the monastery located on the mountain are known to date back to the 1st century BCE.

Where is it?

The Ritigala Forest Monastery and the mountain range are located approximately 43 km from the ancient city of Anuradhapura.

Where to stay?

Many who wish to visit the forest range, travel from their Habarana or Sigiriya hotel as it comes as the highly recommended site. If you’re staying at Habarana Village by Cinnamon or any other accommodation in the area, check whether transfers can be arranged.

The legend

According to the legendary Ramayana epic, upon being requested to get some healing herbs from the Himalayas, Hanuman dropped a chunk of the Himalayan mountains as he was flying over Sri Lanka. This chunk was believed to have broken into three pieces, one of them is now known as Ritigala.

The Monastery

The Ritigala Monastery, or rather the ruins of it has a few granite statues of Buddha spread out in a few caves. There are also some other ruins of the temple structures that you will see during your expedition.

jaliyaj, RitigalaCC BY 2.0

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+