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Adams Peak

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Adams Peak

We have a tight schedule that will not allow us to climb Adams Peak. Is it worth the travel to a close-by location just for the view of the Peak, without the climb?



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Hi Ben,

although the scenery around there is great, as you are on a tight schedule and presumably travelling through the hill country, I'd opt for an alternatve which you could fit in.

Ella and Haputale are also extremely popular places with amazing scenery so if you're stopping over at or travelling through one of those places you could enjoy either of them.

Haputale, the walk up to Liptons Seat , through the tea plantations and with great mountain scenery is excellent.

In Ella, a similar walk through tea plantations and up to Little Adams peak , also surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery is a good alternative.

Both of these are much more accessible than Adams peak and much less time consuming.

I was sat on top of Little Adams peak earlier this year and got chatting to the onlyn other person around. A young American guy.

He was so taken by Little Adams Peak that he said, he actually enjoyed it far more than the main Adams peak , which he'd climbed 2 days previously, as the views were spectacular and it was much more peaceful and serene .


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Opinions would vary on this. Sue is probably pro and we are con: you don't get a good close enough view of the Peak until you're halfway the climb. Dalhousie and surrounding areas are a nice part of the hill country, but we rate it (including the views) a bit less than e.g. Haputale/Ella mountain ridge.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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Yes you're right Erik. There's nowhere in the hill country that compares to the Adam's Peak area to me. Its "remoteness" might be part of its charm, but the main attraction for me is the stunning scenery, close up encounters with tea pickers, turquoise lakes and I also love the fascinating local Tamil town of Maskeliya. It's not the view of Adam's Peak that you need to go for, although that is a bonus. The diversity of flora and fauna you encounter as you walk in the lower slopes far exceeds what you see in or around Ella or Haputale .. much as I like those places too. And to see the peak lit up during the pilgrimage months is a sight you'll never forget .. all those lights snaking up the side of the mountain. It's a magical place.


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Just back from first time at Adam's Peak and I agree with Sue. The differences in the environment offer interesting surprises. I was amazed by the number of different birds that I saw and also unexpected flowers such as fuschia and even cacti growing on the lower part of the slope. If you are a people observer then this place is rich with opportunities too..

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