The sacred Adam’s Peak or Sri Pada is the most popular choice for many, particularly those that has time and stamina to tackle the 5,500 steps to the 2,243m elevation summit. Adam’s Peak is a sacred religious site for believers across different religion- for Buddhists who believe that Buddha’s footprints are located there, for Hindus who believe that the footprints belong to Shiva, for Christians and Muslims who believe that it is Adam’s first step after being exiled from the Garden of Eden.
A good alternative for family travelling with young kids, and for those who just wanted to do an easy hike, is a smaller yet similar in appearance mountain- the Little Adam’s Peak.
At 1,141m in height, also known as “Punchi Sri Pada”, hiking Little Adam’s Peak is one of the things to do in the town of Ella. Located approximately 1.7km away from the downtown, simply ask your home stay for some direction or better yet just ask any helpful locals along the way, finding the trail to Little Adam’s Peak is relatively easy.
The cement passageway marked by the 98 Acres Hotel & Resort Spa signage, marks the starting path to Little Adam’s peak. Along the way, you will pass by some tea plantations and get to see tea pickers doing their daily chores.
Everyone who visited Sri Lanka, particularly those who wanted to come home with great sets of travel photos, will be looking for the perfect image of plantations with pickers to capture the essence of the Tea Country. The tea plantation along the path towards Little Adam’s Peak is perhaps one of the most photograph so much so that when the tea pickers see you from the distance, they already know what to do- to give you permission for some photograph only in exchange of a few rupees.
The succeeding trail to Little Adam’s Peak is a steep downward walk, with the trails mostly covered by huge rocks. After a few minutes, you have to climb up again and will finally reach the summit of Little Adam’s Peak and take that standing over the cliff souvenir photos.