In the central part of Sri Lanka there stands a hill, which is more than seven thousand three hundred feet above the level of the ocean. Hatton Adam’s Peak or Sri Pada or Sivanolipatha Malai is an important pilgrim site There are so many names for this holy mountain. Christians and Muslims call it “Adam's Peak”, Sinhalese “Sri Pada” “Samanalakanda” "Butterfly Mountain" and also "Sri Paadaya". Tamil “Sivanolipatha Malai”. It is situated in Ratnapura district.
People of all religions Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians worship this mountain as a holy place. People of different races which as many languages and four religions consider this mountain as a holy place. There is a foot print in the temple. Which is claimed as the foot print of the lord Buddha by the Buddhists. Hindus call it in as god Shiva’s foot print. Muslims believe it as the foot print of Prophet Mohamed. Christian believes the mark as the foot print of father Adam. Pilgrims of all religion climb the path, rocky and uneven by torch light, singing hymns. This is a widely reserved place of the human race. The scared hill stands as a monument of national, unity in the diversity. The devotees of many religions climb the mountain to invoke blessings. It is the 4th highest mountain in Sri Lanka and it takes 4-5 hours to reach the peak by foot. The area is rich in biodiversity and surrounded by the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary. The pilgrimage season starts on Unduwap Poya. Votive offerings are made here especially of a coil of silver as long as the donor is tall, for recovery from sickness and rain water taken from the footprint is known to have a wonderful healing power. The four largest rivers Mahaweli, Kelani, Kalu and Walawe spring from this mountain.