Adam's Peak - and a lot of tea!

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Sunrise on the summit of Adam's Peak
Another bus journey, but this one was quite relaxed, compared to the "can-hardly-breathe-and-will-crash-any-minute"-trip to Kandy a few days ago. This time the bus driver actually did USE the brakes.

I arrived at Dalhousie, the most convenient starting point for Adam's Peak, at around 5 PM. It has already been a long day for me, and I wanted to climb the peak at night so I could be at the summit during the first daylight. I called it a day, and, after a quite tasty curry, went to sleep.

In the typical way that is really a speciality of mine, I managed to get out of bed one hour later than planned - which meant that I started the climb shortly after 3 AM. This being my first time at Adam's Peak, and not knowing how long it will really take to get to the top, I literally rushed up the steps, rocks and pathways without doing any real breaks.
Tea fields in Dalhousie
Finally, at around 5 AM, the summit was under my feet, and I could relax a little. After a few minutes of resting it became noticeably cooler, so taking a jacket with you is definitely a very good idea for early-morning-visits to the summit!

At around 6 AM the sun started showing up, and the fact that there were two cloud layers seperated from each other added a lot to the atmosphere. One of the most memorable moments of my trip!

After another half hour or so it was time to get back down, and now I was able to see lots of temples, sculptures and small rivers lined along the way which I completely missed in the darkness.

Dalhousie itself is a small village with nothing more than basic shops and a post office, but it was my first opportunity to walk through some tea fields, and I even found one of the field managers up there who was happy to help me with all my tea-related questions  ;-)

My original plan was to leave around mid-day for the train to Haputale, but I was already faster than my planned "time table" anyway, so I stayed in Dalhousie for another night and then went on fresh, fully-rested and ready to discover more.
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Sunrise on the summit of Adams Pe…
Sunrise on the summit of Adam's P…
Tea fields in Dalhousie
Tea fields in Dalhousie
On the way up to Adams Peak
On the way up to Adam's Peak
Adams Peak. Shortly before sunris…
Adam's Peak. Shortly before sunri…
Sunrise on the summit of Adams Pe…
Sunrise on the summit of Adam's P…
Sunrise on the summit of Adams Pe…
Sunrise on the summit of Adam's P…
Sunrise on the summit of Adams Pe…
Sunrise on the summit of Adam's P…
The opposite side of the valley
The opposite side of the valley
Going down again. All the steep st…
Going down again. All the steep s…
On the way down from Adams Peak
On the way down from Adam's Peak
On the way down from Adams Peak
On the way down from Adam's Peak
On the way down from Adams Peak
On the way down from Adam's Peak
On the way down from Adams Peak
On the way down from Adam's Peak
On the way down from Adams Peak
On the way down from Adam's Peak
Tea fields in Dalhousie
Tea fields in Dalhousie
Tea fields in Dalhousie
Tea fields in Dalhousie
Dalhousie Hotels & Accommodations review
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