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ADAM’S PEAK : SRI PADA
       

Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada), at 2,243 metres (approximately 7,360 ft), is the second highest mountain in Sri Lanka. It is considered holy because it is believed the Buddha visited the peak and left his footprint (pada) on its summit. In the 12C CE the great King Parakramabahu I and King Nissankamalla, both of Polonnaruva, provided resting places along the mountain path to shelter the pilgrims.

Adam’s Peak

Adam’s Peak

The ascent of the mountain is the most famous pilgrimage on the Island and has been a pilgrimage site for over 1000 years, not only for Buddhists, but also Christians honouring St Thomas, and Hindus paying homage to the Lord Siva.

Sri Pada cave painting

Sri Pada cave painting

This cave painting illustrates, in folk art, the story of the pilgrimages made to honour the Buddha at this holy site near Karagampitiya. The believer’s climb to the Buddha’s footprint is the theme of this painting.

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