On Top Of The World: Sunrise On Sri Pada (Adam's Peak)
Located in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, Sri Pada (also known as Adam's Peak) is revered as a holy site by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians. The mountain stands out for both its prominence and for the Sri Pada "Sacred Footprint", a nearly 6 foot rock formation at the summit of the mountain believed to be the footprint of Shiva by Hindus, that of Buddha by Buddhists and that of Adam by Christians and Muslims. Today is it an important religious pilgrimage, especially for Buddhists, to make at least once in their lives. The journey up the mountain is an arduous one and includes climbing thousands of stairs in the dark of night for many, many hours - but it is well worth the effort! The goal is to reach the summit by sunrise and view the distinctive triangular shadow the mountain casts on the valley below (it only last 5-10 minutes so being late is not an option!). The combination of breath-taking views, pilgrims bending their heads in worship, and the ringing of heavy bells, make this an experience one will never forget.