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The Sri Pada mountain (Adam’s Peak/ Samanala Kanda) is venerated by four religions. Accodring to the Sri Lanka’s chronicles, Lord Buddha at his third visit to Sri Lanka, placed his foot imprint on a rock at the top of the mountain on the invitation of God Sumanasaman.
Sri Pada is the second highest (height: 2,243m) mountain in Sri Lanka. It is located along the border of Central Province and Sabaragamuwa Province. According to the Survey Department of Sri Lanka, the mountain is belongs to the Ratnapura District of Sabaragamuwa Province.
The annual Sri Pada pilgrimage season is begins on Poya day on December and runs until Vesak festival in May. Pilgrims climb the mountain at night to see the “Ira Sevaya” (the sunrise) in the next day morning. There are about six trails to climb the mountain, namely; Hatton-Nallathanni, Kuruwita-Erathna, Ratnapura-Palabaddala, Murraywatte, Mookuwatte & Malimboda. Out of them, Ratnapura-Palabaddala, Hatton-Nallathanni are the most famous.
- The Mahavamsa