Adam's Peak, the place where Adam first set foot on earth, also known as Sri Pada Mountain. It's a holy mountain for Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and Christians.
You can climb to the top throughout the year. The most popular months are during the pilgrimage season from the full moon in December to the full moon in April. Regarding the weather, it's the drier season. The pilgrims walk the paved and steep trail during the night to be at the top for the sunset. You may see young and even very old people 80 years and older doing the strenuous climb. The way down with all these steps is way worse. Of course, it is an experience, but be aware loudspeakers are along the trail and switched on in the late afternoon. It can be heavily crowded in the night. The sunset is spectacular if it's not cloudy or misty. However, you may be stuck, queue, can't get to the top, and even have to return due to the many visitors and pilgrims. It's up to you if you want to witness the spectacle or if you prefer to climb up during the day and being back in the evening.
Top Tip for the Climb
Check the weather forecast before you decide to travel to Adam's Peak. Rain and thick clouds can spoil your experience!
Weather and Crowds
- January to April are the driest months, however, showers can occur. It's also the busiest time to climb Sri Pada. You may even won't reach the top due to the many pilgrims. Nights temps on the mountain are cool throughout the year. Expect one digit night temps from January to March. Day temps are almost around 20°c. The path up to the top is less busy during the day. However, it's a hot climb up to the top due to the high humidity and sunshine at daytime.
- May to December are the wettest months. Monsoons are likely to happen from May to August. May to November you don't experience any crowds. The chance for rain is much higher, but it can be nice as well. The temple is not open on the top of Adam's Peak in the monsoon season. The trail is pretty slippery during rain and take precaution for leeches. Bring torches and a headlight, because the steps are not lighted. It becomes busy at full moon in December when the pilgrimage season starts.
A hidden gem, even locals born and raised in Bloomington are surprised to learn there is a peaceful Buddhist monastery tucked into the woods in their own town.
All seasons, though I think autumn would be ideal to have the trees as a backdrop for the highly ornate structures on the property. The cooler temps reducing bugs would allow you to hike through the dense woods on their 108 acres.