The Highest and the Holiest
Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka’s sacred mountain, 2,243m high, as seen in the morning light, from the summit of Sri Lanka’s tallest mountain, 2,524m Mt Pedro or Pidurutalagala.
Adam’s Peak is also known in Sinhalese as Siripadha, or the sacred foot. A stylised indentation on its summit is believed to be the footprint of the Buddha who is said to have climbed it in the 6th century BC. Muslims believe the footprint is that of Adam, who left it there while fleeing the Garden of Eden. Christians are undecided on whether it is indeed that of Adam, or of St Thomas. Hindus claim it is the footprint of Shiva.
While Adam’s Peak may be climbed via a series of footpaths and stairs, Mt Pedro can only be accessed by car as its slopes are a strict nature reserve into which entry is forbidden on foot, motorcycle, or trishaw.
Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, as part of my story, The Nuwara Eliya Season in Spring, which runs in the April 2017 issue.