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If you know Sri Lanka you’ll know all about Adam’s Peak but you may not have heard of Little Adam’s Peak ( aka Mini Adam’s Peak or Small Adam’s Peak) in Ella. The full size Adams Peak is a 2,243m mountain in the centre of Sri Lanka. It’s famous as a pilgrimage site and as a really great walk. Traditionally pilgrims and walkers make the ascent of Adam’s Peak at night, arriving at the summit for dawn to see the shadow of the mountain receding with the rising sun.  Near the summit a rock formation resembles a huge footprint, the Buddhist’s say it belongs to Buddha, the Hindus say it’s Shiva’s, the Muslims and Christian’s say it’s Adam’s. Hence the name. But this blog post is all about Little Adam’s Peak and it’s a lovely walk for people of almost any ability.

Little Adams Peak Ella Sri Lanka

We’re into walking up mountains, hills, the Himalayas, whatever.

We’ve done plenty of trekking including the Inca Trail, Everest Region and Annapurna Circuit already.

I’ve tried to get to Adam’s Peak before when I’ve been in Sri Lanka, but time has always stopped me.

Now we’re in the right place at the right time (as we were for the blue whales in Mirissa) so we’d really like to have a go.

Ella Sri Lanka. Beer at Little Adam's Peak.
Near the top of Little Adam’s Peak,  Ella, Sri Lanka. Beer would have been good a little later in the day.

Little Adam’s Peak Ella Sri Lanka

So, today we are in Ella after catching the bus up from Tangalle on the coast.

Ella is a cool little mountain town and tourist hot spot in the middle of Sri Lanka.

When we arrived, we discovered that Ella has its own Little Adam’s Peak, a fairly easy walk with amazing views.

To hike up Little Adam’s Peak you’ll need to base yourself in Ella for a day or so, it’s a great town and it’s well worth staying here.

There are lots of hiking or walking opportunities around town along with temples and tea plantations to explore.

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Ella, try any of those we list below.

We feel it’s a good idea to book ahead in Ella, it’s a busy, isolated place, accommodation options are limited.

Hotels in Ella, Sri Lanka

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Ella, try any of these. We feel it’s a good idea to book ahead in Ella, it’s a busy, isolated place and accommodation options can be limited.

We used a very budget place in Ella and unfortunately had our first and only, run-in with bed bugs. Here are some better hotel and guest house options for you to try:

Misty Hills Resort. A top scorer on Agoda with stunning views of Ella Gap.

Hotel Alta Vista  Number 1 on Trip Advisor

Hotel Heaven’s Edge Number 6 on Trip Advisor

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Ella Sri Lanka and Little Adam's Peak climb

Little Adam’s Peak, our Warm up for Adam’s Peak Proper

We’ll be having a crack at the real Adam’s Peak in a few days (we hope) so we thought we’d use Little Adam’s Peak as a bit of a warm up and test, to see what the kids would make of it.

It’s not a huge walk, we took about  80 minutes from guest house to top of the peak, but there are enough steps to make kids complain.

My calves are complaining now, but I was fine going up.

Little Adam's Peak climb. Ella trek SriLanka

The kids grumbled from time to time, exactly as expected, but once we got to the top it was a different story.

Lots of “Awesome!” and ” Can we come up here again tomorrow?”

It’s a beautiful walk through a tea plantation, the views are stunning.

There was low cloud this morning, but on a clear day I think you could see all the way to the coast, I couldn’t make it out.

View of Ella Gap from Little Adam's Peak Sri Lanka

The trick to walking with children is distraction, don’t let them think too much about the walking!

We talked about the tea, the plantation owners and the pickers.

We saw birds, flowers and bugs the kids had never seen before. We had a good chuckle about the lady posing for photos for money.

On the way up she was pretending to pick tea, on the way down she was posing with a large jack fruit  (James thought she’s be posing naked if we went past a 3rd time, but he’s a very bad boy!)

Little Adam's Peak Sri Lanka. Tea Plantations Ella
Looking over the tea towards Ella Rock, another good walk,

When we got to the top the kids were amazed to be looking down on a couple of eagles, they’ve ever seen that before, cool stuff!

The boys raced back down the hill, beating us by minutes and stunning a few walkers who were taking things far too seriously.

They were so chilled after the climb that we kept going, we walked on to Nine Arches bridge, passing more tea, temples and cows and then walked all the way back into Ella.

We must have walked about  8 Km this morning, all over hills, not bad going for 7 and 9 year olds, in Crocs.

Little Adam's Peak Sri Lanka. View of Ella Gap from Adam's Peak.
Climbing Little Adam’s Peak with children, they complained a bit, but loved the view from the top.

We’re working on them now, tomorrow they want to stay in Ella and walk again, but they’re not sure about the Adam’s Peak ascent in the dark. We’ll keep talking it up and see how it goes. It won’t be any fun if they’re dead set against the idea but we’ll stock up on chocolaty snacks ( bribery is good) and keep our fingers crossed! Back to our Sri Lanka Family Travel Home Page

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Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

11 thoughts on “Little Adam’s Peak Sri Lanka”

  1. Great write-up and excellent photographs! Adam’s Peak is a wonderful place. I lived there for a full pilgrimage season in 2016. Sometimes I think kids had an easier time climbing it than the adults!

    If you’re interested in an academic account of Adam’s Peak that blends history with anthropology, my book about the mountain has just been published:

  2. So glad you made it to Little Adams Peak–it’s a nice walk and like you said, the views are amazing. We did it in 2011 with our then 3 & 5yr olds, who walked all the way albeit not in crocs ;). They were too little to brave Adams Peak though!

    • Only shoes they’ve got Jess! People fuss about stuff like that far too much. Yes, we just went for a wander after an amazing Sri Lankan breakfast and ended up on top of a small mountain, it was lovely. Ella is gorgeous once you use your legs a bit 🙂

  3. I’m reading about your hike through the tea plantation and your conversation with the boys….and the homeschooling mom in me is thinking: Love it, Love it, Love it!

    • Suzi, I also covered all of sexual reproduction in plants, pollinators and seed dispersal with Boo (7). He asked “What are flowers FOR?” So I had to tell him! Walking with kids is THE best way to get the education happening I think.

  4. For some reason I can never leave comments on your blog – but I love it!
    It gives me heaps of ideas for our trip to Sri Lanka in 2014, with our three teenagers!

  5. Do hope you make it – night walks can be such fun for kids once they get over the creepy bit! Let’s hope you have a good moon to light your way.

    And these pictures are lovely – thank you.


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