Adam's Peak on Full Moon days
Are you planning a
trip to Adam's Peak? Worth the hike people say!!! Our experience to Sri Pada could be interesting for all of you guys. What an insane ride we had! While programing this journey in february we forgot a small but important detail which could compromise the trip: the influence of the full moon. Let me tell you better: we were coming from Haputale and we were up to the Hotel in Nallathanniya: Grand Adams Peak, which was just 100 m from the Adam's Peak starting point. Our plan was arriving to the hotel, having a good meal and starting the ascend around 2 am in order to reach the peak around 5 am to catch the early morning sunrise. All these plans have been sorely compromised due to the full moon. Yes, seems that Buddhists all over the world have a high regard for full moon days and as Adam’s Peak is a holy place, most of them climb the mountain on full moon days. In fact just after the Maskeliya Junction we had to slow down our vehicle be cause of the huge queue of pilgrims’ cars headed to Sri Pada. It was around six in the evening and was already getting dark. We waited in the hope that sooner or later the road could get clear. But for hours nothing happened, we didn’t move from that certain point. Behind us there were so many cars queuing and minutes after minutes, the line was getting longer and longer. The pilgrims who probably used to this situation already, were waiting without any exasperation: some of them came out of their vehicle chatting with each others and some others playing and singing songs in the middle of the main road. Vendors were going around selling food and tea, a man came to us asking even for a foot massage and so on. Because of all these we realized that it was an ordinary scenery for them, they were well equipped to take advantage of the circumstances to do some business in order to earn money. Nothing doing! With a heavy heart we had to turn around our car to find a hotel somewhere closer to Maskelia. We could only see Adams's Peak from far, just like in my photo here . So you better check your calender to avoid climbing on full moon (poya) days.