Around this time last year we were planning our honeymoon trip. It will be our first trip together ever since we were a couple so we’re pretty excited to go overseas! One of the perks of living in Dubai is the access to different countries in short hours of flight. We had lots of option of where we were about to go but we consider the climate, the activities we will do and at the same time the prices. We are more into nature and adventure stuff than city tours so Europe is not on our list. We want a combination of adventure and relaxation afterwards by the beach so we thought Sri Lanka and Maldives is the perfect combo. We went to Sri Lanka for 9 days and Maldives for 4 days.
Our first stop in Sri Lanka is riding the elephant. We didn’t go to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage since I’ve read not too good reviews about it so we opted for this one where we are sure that elephants are really taken care of.
It was my first time to ride an elephant and I was so scared (as usual)!! But the elephant was super cool and gentle, I enjoyed the ride. It took about 45mins and we had to pay 1000 rupee each person.
We were suppose to do water rafting but it was raining that day so we had to skip it. We then continue our travel to our hotel for our climb to Adams Peak the next day.
The pilgrim season to the holy mountain Sri Pada begins annually on the ‘Unduvap’ fullmoon day in December and ends on the ‘Vesak’ fullmoon day in May. During this open semester, pilgrims ascend the mountain to pay homage to the sacred footmark, which is considered holy by the Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Moslems alike, according to their individual beliefs. – Wikipedia
We scheduled to leave at 2:30AM so we can reach the top before sunrise. But boy, it was really tough than I thought. I didn’t do any training for this and this was my first time to climb a mountain. I think the stairs made it more difficult I couldn’t even walk the next day!!
We stayed in Wathsala Inn near the starting point of the hike. It was very basic and small room. Good accommodation for one night stay to do the hiking.
All smiles and excited for our first climb together! We had to walk around 10 mins from the hotel to reach the starting point. Then a huge lying buddha will welcome you at the entrance.
Sri Lanka is a buddhist country with around 70% of the population as followers. Every year they have an annual pilgrimage to climb the Sri Pada or Adam’s Peak. Whenever I meet some of my Sri Lankan colleagues or acquaintances I always ask them whether they’ve been to Adam’s Peak and told them that I’ve been there already. I feel proud to be honest. I feel happy I’ve conquered Adam’s Peak!!
After more than 5,000 steps and 3 hours later! We reached the top!! Only to find out it was so full of people and it was really crowded. I really didn’t know what to expect except not this though. I was thinking I’ll be having a moment of peace, I guess?
There was like a parade or something and I saw a monk! Another first for me. I remember the story of the Monk Who Sold his Ferrari. Side note: you should read this book, it was great.
It was foggy at the top, we had to wait until the clouds cleared and the wind slow down so we can start to descend. While waiting we reward ourself some tea.
Did you know that Sri Lanka is famous for their teas? We saw tea plantation along the way and it was really nice. The sun is out and this view came into our sight and it was majestic…..
I literally felt I’m on top of the world!!! And I couldn’t help but to be in awe of this beautiful view. God is indeed amazing!!
We stayed couple mins more at the top dreading to go down 5,000 steps again on the stairs. We really wished there was a big slide or an elevator or something that can bring us down quickly without using our tired legs.
But when you have this view, the steps didn’t really matter. Although we had to take breaks every now and then plus the stairs were really steep at some point.
There were children, men and women barefoot climbing the Adam’s Peak. We were amazed at them on how they managed to climb it. Some men were even carrying drinks and food to sell. That answers are question as to who brought the stuff on top. Apparently they had to carry it all the way without any help.
I had to hold the rail really tight while going down. I got scared while looking down and taking photos.
Yes that’s where I’ve been earlier on and I managed to get down safe! Haha! I’ve conquered my first climb and it was great and amazing! It wasn’t just an ordinary climb and mountain. It’s full of history and it was physically challenging but mentally and spiritually enlightening.
Mr. B still managed a smile after 6 hours of walking. From what I read on the internet, others took 2 hours to the top and 2 hours to get down. I guess it depends on your physical state and capabilities. We took our time, enjoyed the view and chit chatting along the way.
We went to St. Clair for our lunch. This is famous shop for teas and stop-overs. We saw a waterfall along the way as well. I think Sri Lanka has more than 100 waterfalls and lakes. The trees, weather and people reminded me so much of home. We’ve been living in the city for more than 6 years now and a break from the fast pace life is just what we need.
Wait for my next post on our next stop in Sri Lanka! We did another trekking and stayed in a container in the middle of the forest!