Climbing Adam’s Peak

Climbing Adam’s Peak

Climbing Adam’s Peak Adam’s Peak, or “Sri Pada” in Sinhalese, is a holy pilgrimage spot for Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and Christians.  There is a “sacred footprint” aka a rock, which is believed to be of Buddha, Shiva, or Adam, depending on which religion one practices.  Standing 2,243 meters tall, Adam’s Peak is an imposing mountain.  All Sri Lankan Buddhists are supposed to make at least one pilgrimage to the summit during their lifetime.  As such, climbing during weekends or holidays is strongly discouraged, as Adam’s Peak is known to draw…

The Ancient Ruins of Polonnaruwa

The Ancient Ruins of Polonnaruwa

The Ancient Ruins of Polonnaruwa I awoke at the crack of dawn, feeling well rested after getting to sleep in a bed for the first time in almost 36 hours.  I had a delicious breakfast at my homestay, although I wasn’t exactly sure what everything was that I ate haha.  To get to Polonnaruwa, I had to take a bus back to Dambulla and another bus up north to Polonnaruwa.  On the bus to Dambulla, there were plenty of Sinhalese children on their way to school.  All of the children…