Adam’s Peak (Butterfly Mountain) Night Hike
Visit the foot prints of Lord Buddha on the summit of a conical shaped mountain tall about 2250 metres. This mountain is located in the central part of Sri Lanka and is called “Sri Pada” which means sacred footprint.
Sri Pada is revered as a holy site by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians. In Buddhist tradition held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva, in Christian tradition that of St.Thomas, and in Muslim tradition that of Adam.
Sri Pada is an important pilgrimage site, especially for Hindus and Buddhists. Pilgrims walk up the mountain, following a variety of routes up thousands of steps. The journey takes around 3 hours at least. The peak pilgrimage season is in April, and the goal is to be on top of the mountain at sunrise, when the distinctive shape of the mountain casts a triangular shadow on the surrounding plain and can be seen to move quickly downward as the sun rises.
The mountain is most often scaled from December to May. During other months it is hard to climb the mountain due to very heavy rain, extreme wind, and thick mist. Climbing at night can be a remarkable experience, with the lights of the path leading up and into the stars overhead. There are rest stops along the way where one can have refreshments during the climb.
This is a magnificent cultural event of Sri Lanka that takes place once in a year in the months of July- August .This event is so beautiful, attractive and interesting that local people sit in the morning and wait till evening not to loose their chance to see it. This is the most spectacular religious and cultural procession in Asia that lasts 10 days. This event is held at the medieval royal city of Kandy located in the central part of Sri Lanka.
It is a Buddhist festival consisting of dances and richly-decorated Elephants. There are fire-dances, whip-dances, kandian dances and various other cultural dances. The elephants are usually adorned with lavish garments.
The significance of this Kandy procession is to invoke blessings of the gods to give the farmers rain to cultivate their crops. This ritual is performed by carrying the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha through the city streets which is done with great ceremony.
If you happen to be in Sri Lanka towards the beginning of May (05 th and 06th of May) you will note that the whole island is decorated with colourful vesak lanterns, big and small colourfully decorated pandols, religious celebrations throughout the island in order to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of Buddha that took place on the very same day.
Vesak celebration is considered as both religious and cultural event in Sri Lanka. Hence in addition to religious ceremonies there are various entertainment events throughout the country. So these celebrations continue for one week and during this period people enjoy a bit of night life.
New Year Festival
Join the National Festival of Sri Lanka and enjoy yourself if you happen to be there in mid April (14-15 of April) where people celebrate traditional customs sports, exchange of visits , gifts etc. You may have the possibility to enjoy a variety of srilankan sweets during this festival and understand their way of life.