Sri Pada or Adam's peak is a mountain covered with lush green jungles is located in the Ratnapura district. It has a long history, which dates even before the religions existed. It stands close to 7400 feet above sea level.
It is said that Alexander the Great has visited Sri Pada in the year 324 B.C. Ibn Battuta the Moroccan-born Muslim traveler visited Sri Lanka (Ceylon) to make a pilgrimage to the sacred Adam's Peak.
The sacred footprint on the rock formation is considered as Lord Buddha’s by the Buddhist, and as Lord Shiva’s the Hindus. The Muslims believe that it is Adam’s footprint. When Portuguese Christians came to the island in the 16th century they claimed the impression to be the footprint of St. Thomas who, according to legend, first brought Christianity to Sri Lanka.
The pilgrimage to the top of the sacred rock usually takes place during the month of April, which is normally the dry season. The pilgrims climb the mountain before dawn, to witness the splendid view of the sunrise and the formation of the triangular shaped shadow of the mountain itself.
The area surrounding the sacred mountain is covered with flourishing greenery. The region along the mountain is a wildlife reserve providing shelter to many species varying from elephants to leopards, and many endemic species.
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