Adam's Peak - and a lot of tea!
Dalhousie Travel Blog› entry 6 of 11 › view all entries
April 14th, 2010 – by: thesneets
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.
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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