Sri Pada Karunawa (Adams Peak Travelogue) Hatton Route and Kuruwita Route

By : Dinesh Deckker

Contact the Author : 0716 – 818740 | dineshdsd@gmail.com

Year & Month Number of Days Crew Weather Transport
February 2009 3 3 Sunny Train,Bus
Trip Route
Hatton->Nallathaniya->Kuruwita->Colombo
Accommodation
Jambola Gaha Yata Ambalama
Travel Tips, Travel Notes and Special remarks
  • When you start to climb Sri Pada Dont ever take it easy or tell anybody that this is easy.
  • Do not Ask for the distance while climbing.
  • Do not schedule a time for the end of the journey. ( Ex: At this rate we can definetely climb within 3 Hours..)
  • Carry a Light Back Pack.
  • Dress Decent ( White is Better )
  • If you are going to the first time (“Kiri codu”) Its better to go in the traditional way…. ( Ask from an elder  Wink)
  • If you are using Kuruwita or Palabadgala Route, I must say it is not easy… and be prepared (Take Siddhalepa, Vintegeno, Axe Oil and etc.. As there are only few shops available on both routes and it is wise to take something to eat, but water is available in both routes)
  • DO NOT TAKE ANY LIQUOR OR ALCOHOL TO SRI PADA, IT IS A SACRED PLACE AND NOT JUST A HIKE TO A MOUNTAIN…
  • PLEASE LEAVE ONLY FOOT PRINTS

This travelogue is dedicated for my lovely wife Subhashini

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Adams Peak General Information
Sri Pada is the  only mountains in the world where four major religions get together and worship.Adam’s Peak is an ancient pilgrimage that is considered sacred by Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Muslims. It is a conical mountain 2,243 meters high. It is believed that Lord Buddha during his third visit to Sri Lanka placed his footprint on the summit of this sacred mountain. So, the name Sripada-the sacred footprint. Muslims believe the footprint to be that of Adam (hence the name Adam’s Peak); Christians, that of St. Thomas, the disciple of Jesus; and Hindus, that of the god Siva.

We used public transport for this journey Wink We started the journey from Fort Station using Udarata Manike at 9.45AM ( But if you want to go early you can use Podi Manike which starts 5.55AM from Fort Station)
You can see the train schedule using below link:
http://srilankantravellers.com/forum/

Departing Fort Station
Avoid Weekends if you are going to Sri Pada / As its off season there will be less crowd.

Train Entering a Tunnel

It is a Unforgettable Train Ride
You will miss this if you go in the Night Mail. Also you will have to sleep in the Hatton Station as you will be arriving so early.

“Udarata Manike” Arrival in Hatton Station
We arrived little late than expected it was around 3.30PM and we had our Lunch in the Station. ( When traveling through trains its always good to have a schedule which is not tight)


School girl doing Home Work inside Hatton Station

This is a very rare moment so i captured it…

CTB Bus from Hatton to Nallathaniya
This is a great service done by government and i don’t know it will be available in the off season. Any way ticket is bit expensive comparing Colombo bus fares.


Saman Devalaya in Nallathaniya
It is better to visit this sacred place before starting the journey.
There are 2 routes to chose before coming to “Seetha gangua” One is in the edge of the mountain and its long… ( By the way we took that route  Grin) Look for a sign board which says ” Sri Pada Keti Para”

Seetha Gangula
“Seetha Gangula” in Hatton Route is water directed through a pipe from Kelani Ganga… ( Actual “Seetha Gangula” is in Kuruwita Route which is Kalu Ganga)
We had the Bath around 10.15 PM and it was great!
NOTE: If you want to charge your phone or camera there is a Electricity Board office Near Sidhhalepa Resort, Electricity people are nice and you can get some interesting facts about sri pada.

“Panduru Gata Gasima” After having a Wash in “Seetha Gangula”

“Indi Katu Pana” (Place of the Needle)
At indikatu pana (place of the needle). The devotees stop and hang a threaded needle in to a shrub by paths side, marking a spot where the Buddha is said to have stopped to mend a tear in his robe.


Last Tea Shop before Reaching the Summit

About 150 feet from the summit, just next to the last tea shop, is the Bhagava Cave. To get there climb on to the retaining wall and just walk into the undergrowth for a few yards. For centuries this cave was the only refuge for pilgrims caught on the mountain at night and for those seeking shelter from storms. Acetic monks used to spend the nine months of the off season up here, completely isolated from the world below, living off wild fruit, herbs and moss. There are two inscriptions on the wall of the Bhagava Cave.
IF YOU ARE TRAVELING IN NIGHT ITS NOT RECOMMENDED TO GO THERE ( that’s why we couldn’t go there Sad )

SRI PADA SUMMIT 3.00AM(This is the only Pic i could take of the summit as its prohibited to take pictures of the summit)


GETTING A REST
This is the hardest part if you go on a day like we did you have to suffer a LOT…. Because most of the people stay on top of the summit to see the ” Ira Sevava”
There are 2 places to sleep..

WAITING for ” IRA SEVAYA”


SUN IS ABOUT TO COME OUT
Everything changes when sun is about to come out..

SCENERY FROM THE SUMMIT WHILE SUN IS ABOUT TO RISE
It feel like we are in the top of the world…

THE MOST ANTICIPATED EVENT THE “IRA SEVAYA” 6.43AM
picture will tell the story..

CHOOSING THE DESCENDING ROUTE… ( We chose Ratnapura route)
You can use this route even you wanted to go to Hatton as it connects to Hatton route in some point.. If you wanted to see the Shadow of the Sri Pada you MUST to take this route… The scenery in this route is so beautiful and it gives a adventurous feeling..

THE MIGHTY “SHADOW OF THE SRI PADA”
Most people miss this thing as they only interested in “Ira Sewaya”. If the sky is clear you will be able to see this…

SOME SCENERY


THE LAST OF NEAT CEMENT  STEPS
You can see what i meant when you see the pictures below….

ME AND MY FIANCE AND SRI PADA MOUNTAIN IN BACKGROUND


HERE COMES THE ADVENTURE PART



TEMPLE IN BETWEEN


PLACE WHERE KURUWITA AND PALABADGALA ROAD DIVIDES
From this place onwards Kuruwita road is difficult but beautiful..

KURUWITA ROAD CONTINUES


INDIKATU PANA IN KURUWITA ROAD

LAST VIEW OF SRI PADA
This is the place you can see Sri Pada for the last time as it covers to some mountains later in the trail.

“SEETHA GANGULA” – KALU GANGA
This is the the real seetha gangula which is of Kalu Ganga. While you are traveling through Kuruwita Road You can see the starting point of Kalu Ganga

THE ROAD CONTINUES
I had a terrible cramp and it was very difficult to walk that’s why i m carrying a Stick.

WARANAGALA
There is a shop in Waranagala and you can ask the person in the shop to show the trail for the waterfall.

Mithia’s Trail Guide :This climb ends at the top of a mountain known as “Warnagala” meaning “The colourful rock”. “Warnagala” possibly got its name because of the large, exposed rock bed on its side. A stream flows over the large rock bed creating a beautiful large waterfall called “Warnagala falls”. Unfortunately at present most of the water have been diverted to generate hydro power and therefore the true beauty of the fall can only be seen during the wet months (off season).

(couldn’t see the “Waranagala Falls” as sun was setting we had to hurry)

SUNSET IN WARANAGALA (6.24PM)

This was a New Experience and a Exciting one;we could see the both sunrise and sunset same day in Sri Pada Adaviya…

JAMBOLA GAHA YATA AMBALAMA
As it was dark and because of my cramp we couldn’t complete the trail so we stayed at Jambola Gaha Yata Ambalama and in front of that there is a shop… You can have very good meal there..

END OF THE JOURNEY
There is a village called Hingangula and from there buses are available to Kuruwita..

Have a Safe Journey!

DO NOT TAKE LIQUOR WHILE VISITING “KONESWARAM KOVIL” ( Its a very sacred Place)
4.) DO NOT WRITE YOUR NAMES ON ROCKS & ETC
5.) DO NOT HARM THE NATURE

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