Sri Lanka: Adam’s peak, Tangalle and Mirissa

I fell in love with Sri Lanka. This country offers so many things to do: wildlife watching, surfing, historical sightseeing, significant religious spots, spectacular wild ocean views… In this post I’ll share with you some photos from Adam’s peak and Tangalle and Mirissa areas.

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If you enjoy hiking, a nice place to visit is Adam’s peak (7359 feet / 2243 meters) – an isolated peak in the forested Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. Best time to visit is from December to May, but April is the peak period for pilgrims.

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The mountain has religious significance for several religions, owing in part to a rock indentation on the summit that is shaped like a large human foot. This was said by early Christians to be the footprint of Adam, a belief inherited by Moslems when they assumed rule of the island. Later, Buddhists said the indentation was the footprint of the Buddha, and Hindus said it was the footprint of Siva. With all these traditions finding religious reason to respect this mountain, it is not surprising that it is visited by thousands of pilgrims each week, and has been for over two thousand years. There are 3,306 steps leading to the summit from the town of Dalhouse, and vendors sell refreshments and other goods along the trail. The trail from the southeast has no steps, but it too has trail vendors, and both trails have streetlights all the way to the top for those seeking a night hike in comfortable temperatures. The summit footprint is now enclosed by a shrine that is inhabited by Buddhist monks.

The starting point is a village called Dalhousie which is about 3 hours from Hatton town (and neared train station). There are some hostels/hotels available, all are about of the same quality. If you come just to climb the peak, you will only need one night of accommodation, so it does not really matter where to stay. You better start your trail at about 2 am since on the way there will be many people. Stairs in the upper part are very narrow and it becomes a very crowded upstairs. On the top of the peak there is a platform where you must take your shoes off, so bring thick socks, it’s really cold there.

1. Adam’s peak sunrise
Adam's peak sunrise

2. People at Adam’s peak
Sri Pada people

3. Adam’s peak landscape
Adam's peak landscape

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Macun Lakes

I visited Zurich for conference and wanted to do a one day easy climbing trek on the weekend. Browsing through various national parks, I finally found this beautiful spot, called Macun Lakes. I started from Zurich main train station early morning and came back evening on the same day. Go to the Swiss Railroad website to check the timetable. It takes about 2.5 hours to get to a small and lovely town Zernez. Upon arrival you need to find the office of Swiss National Park, just follow the pointers from the train station. There you get a detailed map and start your trek.

Enjoy your virtual walking!

1. Zernez town church
Zernez town church

2. Zernez, starting point
Zernez view from above

3. In the cloud
Macun lakes trek

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Borneo: Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is one of the tallest mountains in Southeast Asia. If you visit Malaysian part of Borneo, it’s really worth to visit this beautiful Kinabalu park.

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1. The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula)
the Venus flytrap

To climb the mountain you need two days in total. On the first day you start from Kota Kinabalu town with local bus, shared or private taxi which drives you to the park entrance. There you pay an entry fee and receive a compulsory guide (some local people) who goes with you all the way up. Then you simply start hiking!

2. Giant worm
giant worm

Most likely you take the trail starting at Timpohon Gate (6 km). The trail has about 7 stops until you reach your overnight spot named Laban Rata. It is a basic hostel where you can have a cold shower and three warm and very tasty meals: dinner and two breakfasts (a small one at 2:30 am and a big one upon return at about 9 am). It depends on your trekking skills and physical endurance, but on average you arrive in Laban Rata in 5-6 hours after start. Some people try to get there as fast as possible then take some rest, some people do regular stops for snacks and water. I personally prefer the latter way, so I can enjoy the trail without stressing too much.

3. Rhododendrons forest

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